Was Your Ancestor a Gypsy?

This talk will give a basic history and examples of typical names and occupations, lifestyles and sources.  Our speaker will use photographs and documents, mainly from her own family history, but will mention other families, especially any that would have been travelling in Abingdon and the surrounding area.

Non members are welcome to attend.  We suggest a £3 donation towards costs.

Refreshments available.

Large free car park


20 Jan 2020


Doors open at 7.15pm
19:30 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch


Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1XP, UK


  • Beverley Walker
    Beverley Walker

    Chairman of the Romany and Traveller FHS, Beverley is a professional genealogist specialising in researching Gypsy families and tracing people. She has been researching her family since 1985 and has a Diploma in Genealogy and the History of the Family from Birkbeck College. She has worked in St. Catherine’s House and for the Title Research, a London firm of heir hunters.

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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