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How to construct a strong password

Strong passwords are not easy to remember.  The best solution is to use a password manager such as LastPass which will provide a vault in which to store all your passwords and can then fill in the password for you.  LastPass has a free version.

If you don’t want to use a password manager there are some things you can do to make a memorable password strong.  As you type the new password, the system will tell you if it’s strong.

e.g. You could use a street name such as Abbey Square and change some characters into symbols e.g. @bb3y_Squar (The first A became @, e became 3, the space between the two words became _ and the last e was omitted.)  Try something similar with your own memorable phrase – the name of one of your ancestors perhaps – converting a to @, e to 3, i to 1 or !, o to zero, and using _ or – instead of a space.  If you need more special characters to make it strong, hold down the shift key and type your phone number using the numbers above the qwerty row.

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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, BracknellNewbury, 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