Berkshire Family History Society
Berkshire Industrial Archaeological Society
Berkshire Local History Association
Royal Berkshire Archives
Buckinghamshire Family History Society
Coley (Reading) - History and Events of
Hampshire Genealogical Society
|Hurley History Society|
Oxfordshire Family History Society
Purley Local History Society (Project Purley)
Reading (History of) Society
Reading Library - Local History Studies
|Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust|
|The Rifles Berkshire & Wiltshire Museum|
Twyford and Ruscombe History Society
Wargrave Local History Society
West Middlesex Family History Society
|Western Front Association|
Wiltshire Family History Society
Windsor Local History Group
|Wootton, Dry Sandford and District History Society|
Founded in 1975, we work 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. A registered charity, Berkshire Family History Society exists to help you in your research … WHEREVER your ancestors came from… and you do not need to be a member to benefit.
Our volunteers will be providing several breakout rooms and our and BLHA’s webmasters will be running the technical side.
We hope you enjoy your visit!
We specialise in the industrial heritage of Berkshire, encouraging its study, preservation and appreciation. Industrial archaeology covers many areas; transport, mills, machinery, waterways, factories, quarries, industrial buildings, power generation and much more. Mainly focussed on the 1700s onwards, recent topics we’ve covered are Miles Aircraft in Woodley, Hedges ironworks in Bucklebury and the tin makers Huntley, Boorne, Stevens of Reading. We would love to share our expertise on topics that interest you and also learn from you and your family’s history. We have access to colleagues and resources we can consult if we can’t answer your questions straight away.
We aim to encourage interest in local history in Berkshire, before and after the 1974 boundary changes. This includes education and training, research, and publication. It provides a meeting-ground for individual members, local history societies within the county, and professionals working in archives, museums, and education.
We maintain links with:
The Royal Berkshire Archive holds the archives of the Royal County of Berkshire. We look after nearly 900 years of the County’s history. Established in 1948, we are run as a joint service for the six councils of Berkshire. We store the records of public authorities, local societies, clubs, estates, Church of England Berkshire parishes and more. We are a participating archive of the Archives Card scheme. We hope to be able to answer your questions, point you in the right direction or suggest that you contact us with your query.
We have been researching family history & local history in the Historic County of Bucks including parishes now in Windsor & Maidenhead and Slough Councils. If your family have been in Colnbrook, Datchet, Dorney, Eton, Eton Wick, Slough, Upton-cum-Chalvey, Horton, Langley & Wraysbury we may be able to help.
Berkshire & Buckinghamshire have a shared boundary between Henley on Thames & Staines on Thames, including Marlow, Bourne End & Taplow. Many of our ancestors crossed between the counties over the years. We hope that we can help with your research.
Oxfordshire Family History Society has a range of records that our advisors will be able to access. These cover BMD’s of the majority of the parishes in Oxfordshire, including those that were originally in the County of Berkshire.
Access will also be available to the 53 transcription sets of burials at various churchyards which in many cases will include pictures of the gravestones. If you have an elusive Oxfordshire ancestor or want general advice, please pay us a visit.
We have over 40 years research experience on Purley and its people and an extensive archive including articles, press cuttings, memorabilia, documents and images. Our archive is largely indexed. Purley’s main employers were Menpes Fruit Farm, Trentham’s Engineering, its local farms and large houses, and various smaller businesses. We have also transcribed and photographed Purley St Mary’s memorials. We are happy to give free lookups, answer questions – if possible, give advice, take queries away and come back to you later, and generally talk about all things Purley, Sulham and Tidmarsh.
The History of Reading Society encourages the study of our town, which has an abbey over 900 years old. Both hosts share a passion for and extensive knowledge of the development of Reading since pre Saxon times. John has a particular expertise in churches, literary associations, politics, breweries and pubs. Caroline has a special interest in rural affairs and likes a research challenge. We also have access to colleagues and many publications, if you would like to learn more about our wonderful town and its former inhabitants. Alternatively, we would love to hear from you about your interest in Reading.
Wargrave Local History Society specialises in the history of the parish of Wargrave. This includes the settlements of Crazies Hill, Hare Hatch and Kiln Green. Over the past 40 years it has created an archive of photographs, documents, maps and other items relating to this area. We can share this information with enquirers, either directly, or by delving into the records we hold, or by suggesting where else to look. Our material includes items not available elsewhere, such as the Piggott School photographic collection from 1939 – 1994, a complete run of the Wargrave News (from 1978 to the present).
We are a smallish family history society with about 250 members, most of whom do not live in Middlesex. Our area runs north to Uxbridge, south to Teddington, and east to Kensington. We hold monthly meetings in Isleworth which include a talk, and may be attended by Zoom. No charge for any of this, visitors are welcome. We maintain an active website designed to help family history research on West Middlesex parishes. We issue a quarterly journal in full colour, available printed or as a PDF. Membership costs £15, but we have discounts, including 15% off any Find My Past subscription.
Looking for Wiltshire ancestors? Visit the Wiltshire FHS breakout room and talk to us about them. We have access to the results of over forty years of transcribing from a multitude of original documents, contributing a wealth of information shared worldwide in print publications, CDs, downloads and via FindMyPast. Our Society is the focus for family historians living in Wiltshire and for anyone anywhere with Wiltshire ancestors. We are linked through our quarterly Journal, our six branches and our website, www.wiltshirefhs.co.uk . New members are always welcome, wherever they live; they can join online via our website or by post.
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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 and Windsor; and a virtual Computer Branch which meets online. All meetings are open to everyone
Community forum – 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