Coronavirus Update

Latest: the society has taken the difficult decision to close The Centre for Heritage and Family History from Tuesday 17th March until further notice. This bulletin will be updated regularly.

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17 March 2020
10 February 2020

Findmypast 2020 Members’ Discount Code

If you haven’t claimed your Berkshire FHS member’s discount on your Findmypast subscription, now’s the time to do so because the 2020 discount code is available.

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Improvements to the Events Listings

You asked for quicker ways to find the events organised by your Branch and in response, we have introduced two new filters.

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21 January 2020
11 November 2019

Tiny St Nicholas Church, Sulham, packed for the 2019 Remembrance Service

Tiny St Nicholas Church, Sulham, was packed for the 2019 Remembrance Service where special tribute was paid to Winifred Helen Burtenshaw. The congregation heard the Revd Heather Parbury describe Winifred’s life before the outbreak of war and her subsequent service and tragic death as a VAD.

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Nearly 4,000 new pages from the Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser added to the British Newspaper Archive

In the last week, nearly 4,000 new pages from the Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser added to the British Newspaper Archive.

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09 November 2019
09 November 2019

Look back over hundreds of years of Advertiser and Express history in new online archive

A new digital archive will allow people to delve into the pages of Maidenhead area local history, some going back more than 200 years.

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150,000 Berkshire Records Added to FMP

Berkshire Family History Society has now completed another two massive uploads of over 150,000 baptism and marriage data to FMP. Keep an eye on Findmypast’s Friday announcements.

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15 September 2019
24 August 2019

Kintbury St Mary Parish Registers CD

Kintbury St Mary CD includes Baptisms 1558-1953, Banns 1754-1932, Marriages 1557-1981, Burials 1558-1972.

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WDYTYA – Episode 4 – Kate Winslet

Who Do You Think You Are? Episode Four features Berkshire’s Oscar winner, Kate Winslet  BBC 1 9.00 pm 12th August

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06 August 2019
01 July 2019

New Membership Year!

Berkshire Family History Society’s new membership year started 1st July 2019 (runs to 30th June 2020). Members enjoy savings on society publications, on event bookings and on subscriptions to online genealogy services.

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News from the Berkshire Record Office

What new archives are now available at the BRO? What’s going on at the BRO? World War One Exhibition

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30 March 2019
30 March 2019

Reading Register Office Moves

Many of you will be aware that the Register Office at Yeomanry House closed its doors for the last time at the end of November 2018. Since then the Register Office has relocated to Reading Civic Offices in Bridge Street, and been renamed Reading Registration Service. Marriages are now conducted in the Town Hall, with birth and death registrations taking place at the Register Office in the Civic Offices.

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The cost of buying a copy certificate from  the GRO goes up from £9.25 to £11 on 16th February (PDF copies of register entries rise from £6 to £7. Buy any outstanding items you need in the next few days! Full details 

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09 February 2019
22 December 2018

Berkshire War Memorials Edition 2

This updated version has added approx.150 more memorials including many Commonwealth war graves. Of the CD content 56% now has images including all the new memorials and many more of the Edition 1 entries. The disc provides a variety of finding aids. Edition: 2018

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Berkshire Baptisms (2nd Edition)

– Over 250,000 baptisms – Over 777,000 names – 102 parish and non-parochial registers of the “old” Royal County of Berkshire. Update available for first edition

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24 May 2017
30 April 2017

Berkshire Burials (12th Edition) CD

More than 900,000 transcriptions (not an index) – More than 270 churchyards, cemeteries, burial grounds and workhouses – 71,000 more entries than 11th Edition – Covers ALL of ‘old’ Berkshire – Updates available for ninth, 10th and 11th editions

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Berkshire Marriages (4th Edition) CD

More than 900,000 transcriptions (not an index) – More than 270 churchyards, cemeteries, burial grounds and workhouses – 71,000 more entries than 11th Edition – Covers ALL of ‘old’ Berkshire – Updates available for ninth, 10th and 11th editions

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30 September 2014
30 June 2014

Berkshire and the War (2nd Edition)

Images from the 39 parts of Berkshire and the War published by the Reading Standard in 1923. Nearly 12,000 names, over 700 civilian organisations together with many of the Army regiments,

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Berkshire Probate Index

Index to the probate documents of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire. 39,000 probate records are included. It is easy to search or to browse.

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30 June 2012
30 June 2012

Historical Atlas of Berkshire (2nd Edition)

74 articles on Berkshire’s history (and pre-history) from the Palaeolithic period to the twenty-first century, each accompanied by specially-drawn maps in full colour, and with numerous illustrations.

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Berkshire Maps, Ordnance Survey Maps, First Edition, 1881-1887

6 inch to the mile scale, first edition OS maps of Berkshire, scanned from the set held at Berkshire Record Office

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01 January 2010
30 June 2009

Berkshire Coroners’ Inquests, Index to, 1688-1926

It is generally thought that papers relating to Coroners’ Inquests have been lost. However, the Berkshire Record Office has evidence of over 10,000 inquests between 1688 and 1926 – all of which are indexed on this CD. Edition: 2009

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Berkshire Overseers’ Papers

Records dating from before 1834 arranged by Poor Law Union. Includes all the volumes and a master index.

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20 June 2005



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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