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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.

Birth, marriage and death records dating back to 1837 should, hopefully, have transferred to their new purpose built home at Henley Road Cemetery.

To obtain copies of these historic records, you can use one of the following methods, all will end with a certificate being posted to you –

  • visit where you can choose to order a birth, marriage or death certificate. Where it asks for the event date, if only a vague date is known, we have been advised to enter a dummy date (close to that suspected). They will conduct a search up to 5 years either side of the date given. Online orders can only be paid for online by credit/debit card.
  • by telephoning 0118 9373533. You can give them the known details and payment can be made by card over the phone.

In extenuating circumstances, they will accept requests in writing to Reading Registration Service, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU, giving as much detail as you can and enclosing a Postal Order. Cheques are currently not being accepted.

From mid February, the service has brought its fee into line with the General Register Office – costing £11 per certificate.

Berkshire Family History Society

Berkshire Family History Society

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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