Data Downloads

You may not be able to visit the archives but we’re making our data sets more readily available. We’ve added another 51 data sets to the shop – in PDF format to provide choice, flexibility and instant access in how you access data for Berkshire. Your purchase is automatically fulfilled as soon as you have […]

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08 November 2020
08 November 2020

Archive Closures

As England once again goes into lockdown to try and contain the spread of Covid-19, archive repositories have announced that they will be closed for the duration.  The Berkshire Record Office hopes to reopen on 3rd December, if circumstances and legislation permits. The National Archives haven’t published a reopening date but they have announced that […]

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Berkshire Echo

Hard on the heels of the last announcement about the Society of Genealogists, we have another new Journal Exchange arrangement – with the Berkshire Record Office.  Their newsletter, the “Berkshire Echo” is now available to members of Berkshire Family History Society, here You need to be logged in to view the page

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08 November 2020
27 July 2020

Member Interests are back!

After a brief sabbatical while we updated the website, Member Interests are back online. Collaborate with other members who are researching the same ancestors.

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Peasemore, St Barnabas Parish Regsters

Peasemore, St Barnabas Parish Registers CD includes full transcriptions of Baptisms 1538-2006, Banns 1727-1948, Marriages 1540-2003 and Burials 1538-2007

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17 May 2020
08 May 2020

Berkshire Electoral Registers – free access on Ancestry

The Berkshire Record Office and Ancestry have teamed up to give free access to Berkshire’s electoral registers, up to 1965, online FREE of charge

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Berkshire Baptisms (3rd Edition)

Over 400,000 baptisms from 156 parish and non-parochial registers of the “old” Royal County of Berkshire. Update available for first and second editions

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17 April 2020
17 April 2020

Wokingham Baptist, Methodist and Free Churches Burial Grounds Monumental Inscriptions CD

This CD lists the names of over 1600 people names and holds transcriptions of their monuments and memorials within both churches, the Baptist churchyard and joint Free Churches burial ground.

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Bearwood, St. Catherine Monumental Inscriptions 1815 – 2019 CD

Bearwood, St. Catherine Monumental Inscriptions 1815 – 2019 CD lists the names of over 1,600 people, and holds transcriptions of their monuments and memorials within the church and churchyard. There are photographs of every extant monument and interactive plans to show the locations of the memorials.

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17 April 2020
09 April 2020

Childrey, St Mary Parish Registers, 1558-1928 CD

Childrey, St Mary CD includes Baptisms 1558-1927, Banns 1755-1912, Marriages 1558-1928, Burials 1558-1883

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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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COPY CERTIFICATES TO COST MORE

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 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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30 April 2017
30 September 2014

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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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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30 June 2014
30 June 2012

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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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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30 June 2012
01 January 2010

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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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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30 June 2009
20 June 2005

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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