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The escalating worldwide Coronavirus emergency dominates the news. Here are the society’s plans. This bulletin will be updated regularly.

  • We are following national and local government guidelines and will adapt our plans as the situation develops.
  • Steps were put into place earlier this month to try to better protect members and visitors and the Research Zone remains open and our branch meetings, library advice sessions and events in the Centre continue.
  • In this fast-moving situation, we monitor the feedback of our volunteers, speakers and attendees as well as government recommendations.

Given this weekend’s announcements, it is looking increasingly likely that:

  • A number of events will be cancelled or postponed.
  • It is also likely that the Research Zone may be temporarily closed.
  • If and when this occurs, we will do our utmost to give you as much notice of any cancellations on our website and via email/telephone.
  • Please check the website and your email before you set off to a branch meeting or event.
  • If a ticketed event is cancelled or postponed, a full refund or the chance to transfer to the replacement event will be offered.
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