The Impact of the English Civil War on Berkshire’s Records
Scrap of parchment recording the pay sent to the regiments besieging Reading in April 1643 (TNA)

The Impact of the English Civil War on Berkshire’s Records

For many family historians the issues with parish registers during the English Civil War and Interregnum are a brick wall. Catherine Sampson explores these issues in the parishes in and around Reading, and also highlights a few of the many opportunities within this period.

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How do I find my Irish ancestors?
PRONI (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland), Titanic Quarter, Belfast

How do I find my Irish ancestors?

It is a popular belief that researching your Irish ancestry is not for the faint-hearted. Drawing on recent research, Derek Trinder offers a brief overview to help you to start a journey into your Irish ancestry

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James Benjamin & Charles Collie Butler: Soldiers of WW1 Part 1
Charlie and James c. 1915

James Benjamin & Charles Collie Butler: Soldiers of WW1 Part 1

James and Charles Butler both responded in early 1915 to the call to arms and volunteered for army service. Jim was 17 and Charlie was 15. They were amongst some 2½ million men who joined the British army voluntarily between August 1914 and December 1915. This is their story

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Reading Local Studies Illustrations Collection
Battle Library, previously known as West Branch Library, Reading 1910

Reading Local Studies Illustrations Collection

The Reading Central Library’s illustration collection is one source of photographs that the Berkshire Family Historian uses to illustrate its articles. In case you hadn’t realised that such a thing existed, or that it is easily viewable online, and that you can have your very own copies too, here is a little bit more about it.

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Ancient Oak? – a postscript
HMS Trincomalee Ian Petticrew (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ancient Oak? – a postscript

I came to the article ‘Ancient Oak?’ by David Wooldridge and saw that it was about HMS Foudroyant. I thought “I remember seeing Foudroyant moored in Portsmouth Harbour when sailing there in the 1970s and 80s. It was a dismasted warship of Nelson’s era used as a training ship.”

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