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October – December 2019


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New Membership Year!

Berkshire Family History Society's new membership year started 1st July 2019 (runs to 30th June 2020). Members enjoy savings on society publications, on event bookings and on subscriptions to online genealogy services....

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"In the June [Berkshire Family History] Historian - there was an article about St Joseph's Convent School, Reading. I attended there from 1947-50, so I have relived many happy memories - thank you." Glenys

USA institutional member

"Thank you so much. I’ve logged into the Members Area and was able to find the pages we are missing from the April 1976 journal.  I’ll keep my excitement to an acceptable level. How fantastic is that??"

Member, York

"'The Common Ground (The story of Greenham Common)' brought back childhood memories of previous years when we visited my grandparents. Thank you for putting me in touch with the author."


Overseas Visitor to The Centre

"You are amazing. You have provided far more information than we could have ever hoped for. We are very grateful for your assistance."


"A very successful and well run meeting [Society AGM at Windsor Branch meeting] Jocie

Member at a Branch Meeting

It was a good evening last night. Thank you for doing such an excellent job as chair person. We all appreciate it.


Berkshire Family History Society works to meet the needs of those researching their ancestry across the UK and overseas – as well as those looking for former relatives in historic Berkshire.  You do not need to be a member to benefit.

The society offers:

  • Research Zone in central Reading that is free to use and open to all

  • Free access at The Centre for Heritage and Family History to online resources like FindMyPast, the 1939 Register, The Genealogist, the British Newspaper Archive and Ancestry (the worldwide edition)

  • Regular free help and advice sessions

  • Meetings in Abingdon, Bracknell, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Woodley — open to everyone

  • Online discussion list for members  informed answers to research queries and advice from experienced researchers

  • Members’ Area with data and other information not readily accessible elsewhere

  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

  • Quarterly magazine, the Berkshire Family Historian, for members

  • a chance to join in project work, recording, transcribing and helping to preserve records

  • Links to the research experience, advice and support of members worldwide

  • Opportunities to volunteer and so help others with their family history

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