At The Centre

Apr – Jun 2020

‘The Royals’

Weddings, Windsor and Queens Victorian and Elizabeth I

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Need help with your research?

Use our NEW Research Wizard to step through the resources we have available

Our volunteers have transcribed millions of records and written reams of articles about Berkshire. Follow this guide to discover if we have the tool to break down your brick wall


Coronavirus Update

Latest: the society has taken the difficult decision to close The Centre for Heritage and Family History from Tuesday 17th March until further notice. This bulletin will be updated regularly.

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Give someone the gift of Membership

Share the joys of researching family history with a friend or family member. Purchase a Gift Membership in our shop and receive:

  • A Gift card for you to personalise
  • An Activation form for the recipient to send us
  • A Welcome note, setting out the benefits of being a society member
  • Membership will be valid from now until 30th June 2021

+ Volunteers

What people say about us

Laura Clay

Thank you for your page on Enborne. Having ancestors there from the late 1600s I found it an interesting read. Thanks also to those who have provided transcripts to They've been a really big help in my research.


Laurence - Visitor to the Centre

I would like to thank John for taking time to help me today. Also to Ivan for his support. I was made to feel very welcome and I would like to come back to do my research. A big thanks to all.

Shop customer

I'm a manager of Design & Marketing so websites are part of my job.
I absolutely love the new site. Simple. Clean. Professional. Easy to navigate and use. Well done!!!


"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

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 Member

I think the new web site is great and I am hoping to get back to my research now I have finally retired.




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

Give someone the gift of membership.

Share the joys of researching family history with a friend or family member.

All you need to do is check the "This is a gift" box during the checkout phase and we'll provide:

A Gift card for you to personalise

An Activation form that the recipient will need to return to the Membership Secretary. This safeguards their personal information at every stage, and ensures that the society meets its privacy and other data protection obligations.

A Welcome note, setting out the benefits of being a society member.

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