News Stories from Berkshire Family History Society

Roll on January!

The 1921 Census is coming and you're invited to hear about it directly from Findmypast in one of two talks hosted by Berkshire FHS

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Introducing YourTrees!

Berkshire Family History Society introduces a new member service - YourTrees - to enable members to preserve their research and create a digital legacy Free for members

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SmartSearch the 1939 Register

The Genealogist has provided some new and valuable search options for the 1939 Register. Using the combination of its unique and powerful search tools and SmartSearch technology, you now have now flexible options when searching for your ancestors in this important resource.Learn more at can now find your ancestors in this ‘1939 census’ by using keywords (eg occupation or date of birth), by using an address, or even by forename.Once you've found a family record in the Register, click on the street name to see the neighbours on that street, and perhaps find other relatives living nearby.By using The Genealogists’s SmartSearch facility, you can jump straight to an ancestor’s birth, marriage of death record too.Two further reminders. The 1939 Register lists people with their full dates of birth (so often better than an age in a census record or a GRO index reference). Do't forget, with The Centre for Heritage and Family History closed at present, The Genealogist remains accessible to members…

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British Newspaper Archive – more Berkshire content

By mid-April there are over 42 million digitised pages in the British Newspaper Archive And besides titles from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there is a growing collection of publications from Southern Ireland too.Additions this month include the Reading Standard (nearly 50,000 pages from 1891-95 and 1897-1961) and the Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette (for 1898).From the pages of the Aberdare Times to the 120 issues of the Young Woman, many of your ancestors featured in the press during their lives and can be found somewhere within this collection of digitised newspapers and magazines. Go to the site and search the newspapers

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New on Findmypast

The Family History Federation has just added 3.4 million burial entries from the National Burial Index for England and Wales to Findmypast. Many of these entries you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget the society’s account with Findmypast Worldwide is available to all members, via the Members’ only area of the website.Search the NBI records at:

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Complete WWI pensions collection now published on Fold3

A landmark project to digitise all UK First World War pension records has been completed. The records are particularly precious because most First World War service records were destroyed during the Blitz.  They include records of all servicemen who were injured in the war and subsequently received a pension, including the nature of the serviceman’s injury and the percentage of disablement he was deemed to have, as well as the names and addresses of his next of kin. They also include details of pensions paid to the wives and children of those who were killed.They were originally scheduled to be destroyed by the Ministry of Defence in 2012, but were saved by the Western Front Association who partnered with Ancestry to digitise the records on Ancestry’s military-focused website Fold3.The records collection has now been completed with the release of 2,917,148 records of pension cards for ordinary soldiers who were injured. In total, there are 7,522,448 records in the collection covering the Army, Royal…

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Marriage Data Downloads – Fourth Batch

As a reminder, we have developed data downloads to provide choice and flexibility in how you access data for Berkshire. Each download is in PDF format and your purchase is automatically fulfilled as soon as you have paid. Terms and conditions apply and these downloads are for your personal use only. Prices vary but start from just £2.00. The usual member discounts apply. Marriage entries are presented in date order, and there is also a “by person” finding aid to assist your use of the download. Berkshire’s marriages are also available in CD format. If you're interested in a number of parishes, also check out Berkshire Marriages Edition Four CD, likewise, individual Parish CDs also exist. So check out what best suits your needs. Appleford St Peter & St Paul Marriages 1567-1935 (Download) D1053Avington St Mark & St Luke Marriages 1699-1935 (Download) D1143Binfield All Saints Marriages 1538-1935 (Download) D1480Boxford St Andrew Marriages 1559-1935 (Download) D1483Brimpton St Peter Marriages 1607-1935 (Download) D1490Burghfield St Mary Marriages…

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