The Colin Spickett Experiment

Colin was a boy from school who Mark Bowman last saw in 1969.

This talk explains how, despite knowing only his name and roughly when he was born, within just a few hours Mark was able to trace Colin’s ancestry back to 1800. It provides an introduction to basic research techniques, focusing mainly on FreeBMD and UK censuses. It is a suitable reminder for the seasoned family historian as well as those less experienced and interested beginners.

Free parking.

Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.


25 Jun 2020


Doors open at 19:15
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch


Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire


  • Mark Bowman
    Mark Bowman

    Mark Bowman started working on his family tree at the age of fifteen and never really stopped, despite the need to get an education and earn a living. In retirement he ‘works’ at the Reading Family History Centre and acts as convenor of the Reading U3A family history group, as well as giving talks and quizzes to local groups.

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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