DNA Interest Group – online

In the difficult times we all face due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, Berkshire Family History Society is delighted to offer you this online DNA discussion group, which replaces the previously scheduled face to face discussion group on the same date. Enjoy this from the comfort and safety of your own home, and wherever you live, whilst still being able to contribute fully to the discussion. 

This special interest discussion group is aimed at those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results. It is facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. Sessions are held quarterly, but there is no obligation to attend on a regular basis and first time attendees are always welcomed. Pre-booking is required however, as full joining instructions will be sent to all attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

As this is the first time this session has been held online, the society has removed the usual booking fee of £5 (members £4). However, if you would still like to make a donation towards this event, the ticket options below allows for free registration and free registration with a donation of £4. As places are limited, we would be grateful if you let us know in advance, if at all possible, if you book a place and then are unable to attend, either by using the cancellation option on your booking receipt, or by emailing

To be able to join in this discussion group, you will need a computer (or laptop/tablet) which has built-in or separate speakers and a built-in or separate mic.  Ideally you will also have a webcam fitted on your device or as a separate attachment. Your computer needs to have a browser and be connected to broadband. You will be asked to download a small piece of software the first time you join to enable you to use the online conferencing software. This will be sent to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact  

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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