Margaret started researching her husband’s family a long time ago, BC [before computers!] and had to go into the record office up at Shire Hall to do her research or rely on the transcriptions that were in the local study area in Oxford Westgate library. Along the way she’s found relatives in Australia, a story of transportation and hardship and success and had great fun and enjoyment.
Now with so many more records online she’s finding new sources of information and is beginning to fill in some of the gaps from the 17th and 18th century.
In this talk Margaret hopes to be able to show you how she started, what she found and how she’s still discovering new records and information.
To take part in this talk, you will need a computer device from which you can access your emails and which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of 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 helpand 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