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Great news if you use findmypast to trace your Berkshire ancestors.

Berkshire Family History Society has now completed another two massive uploads of baptism and marriage data to them. And the first batch – 68,000 marriages, from across all of the historic county of Berkshire, went live yesterday and are now available to view. The second batch, just over 89,000 baptism entries, will hopefully be live soon – so keep an eye on Findmypast’s Friday announcements.

So … you might want to take a look if you have ancestors from: Aldermaston, Aldworth, Appleford, Ardington, Ascot, Ashbury, Aston Tirrold, Avington, Basildon, Beedon, Besselsleigh, Binfield, Bisham, Blewbury, Boxford, Bray, Brightwell, Buscot, Catmore, Chieveley, Childrey, Chilton, Cholsey, Clewer, Coleshill, Cookham Dean, Crowmarsh Gifford, Crowthorne, Didcot, Earley, Eastbury, Easthampstead, Faringdon, Greenham, Harwell, Kingston Bagpuize, Lambourn, Lambourn Woodland, Letcombe Bassett, Letcombe Regis, Longcot, Maidenhead, Moulsford, Newbury, North Moreton, Peasemore, Purley, Radley, Reading, Remenham, Ruscombe, Shottesbrooke, Shrivenham, South Moreton, Stanford Dingley, Stanford in the Vale, Stratfield Mortimer, Sulham, Sulhamstead, Sunningdale, Sunninghill, Sunningwell, Sutton Courtenay, Tidmarsh, Tilehurst, Twyford, Wallingford, Wantage, Warfield, Watchfield, West Hanney, West Shefford, Windsor, Woodley, Winkfield or some of the very small parishes.

These entries have all been transcribed, checked and prepared for publication by a dedicated team of volunteers from around the world who give their time for free to help make more quality transcriptions available to interested family historians. Many of those who go into the Berkshire Record Office each week to patiently checked registers have no Berkshire ancestors themselves – they do it simply to help those unable to easily make the trip themselves. Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers.

Berkshire Family History Society

Berkshire Family History Society

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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