Looking for help with your family history research?

Use our Research Wizard to step through the resources we have available

Our volunteers have transcribed millions of records and written reams of articles about Berkshire. Follow this guide and you'll soon discover if we have the tool to break down your brick wall

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How to get started

Guides from experienced Berkshire family historians about how to start your research

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Surnames, Places, Poor Law Unions, Churches, Cemeteries, Burial Grounds and a Dictionary - indexed for easy access

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About Historic Berkshire

An introduction to the Royal County of Berkshire, dating from the 7th Century, and home to the iconic Windsor Castle

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A rich source of detail for local and family historians


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Berkshire FHS CDs

Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, Monumental Inscriptions, Probate - millions of searchable records

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Monumental Inscriptions - Photos of the county's War Memorials

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Over 5,000 fiches containing content from all over the UK.  View the catalogue

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Public Archives

Record & Register Offices, Libraries & Museums

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Berkshire Name Search

Let our volunteers help you with your name searches

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Berkshire and the First World War

Indexes to the pictorial records of people, locations, military units and civilian organisations

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Hospitals & institutions

Brief histories of Fairmile and Broadmoor Hospitals

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Useful websites

A collection of websites that you will find useful for family history research

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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