How to get started

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

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Berkipedia

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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Newspapers

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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Remembrance

Monumental Inscriptions - Photos of the county's War Memorials

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Public Archives

Record & Register Offices, Libraries & Museums

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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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Berkshire Name Search

Let our volunteers help you with your name searches

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Useful websites

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

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Hospitals & institutions

Brief histories of Fairmile and Broadmoor Hospitals

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Tell us what you think

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