Parish Registers Workshop

Increase your chances of success with family historians’ core resource. Better understand what registers can provide for you and how and why they differ in content over time. Find out where to find them and how Church of England and non-conformist registers differ. Discover the codes and hidden clues which can be found in some entries and how to interpret them. Also, indexes and transcripts, their benefits and pitfalls. 

Pre-booking is required because full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

To join in this workshop, you will need a computer device with speakers from which you can access emails. Ideally, also a microphone and webcam. First timer users of Zoom will be asked to download a small piece of software when they join. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance. Please contact  

Image: copyright Berkshire Record Office, reproduced with their kind permission.

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  • Catherine Sampson MSc
    Catherine Sampson MSc

    Catherine is a veteran family historian. Her own family history research is mainly concentrated in East Anglia and the North-East.

    She loves history across all periods, both the very early (she read Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield in the 1980s) and the more modern. To increase her knowledge of the latter, she more recently went back to University (Oxford this time round) and completed first a Diploma and then a Masters in English Local History. She is a keen social historian and regularly gives talks across Berkshire and the surrounding counties.

    Catherine is Chairman and Projects Coordinator for Berkshire Family History, and also chairs Project Purley, Purley’s local history society. She has published several histories of her own family and in 2010 edited “Purley in Old Images”.

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