• FindMyPast — with many (but not all) of the society’s Berkshire parish register transcriptions.

  • The 1939 Register — containing details of over 41 million people — find precise dates of birth, single and married names, occupations and more. (Some individual records remain closed.)

  • Ancestry Library Edition — the international resource, enabling worldwide research (not just UK), and containing family trees too.

  • The British Newspaper Archive over 29.5 million digitised pages from over 800 old newspaper titles

  • The Genealogist — with unique resources — like searchable Tithe records and Tithe Maps and the 1910-1915 Domesday survey — unavailable online anywhere else
  • Berkshire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials — access county-wide datasets.
    • Baptisms Over 1 million records with more coming soon.
    • Marriages 170,000 transcriptions of individual marriages featuring 580,000 names (witnesses, fathers’ details etc where recorded) from 172 parishes.
    • Burials  over 900,000 entries from more than 270 Berkshire churchyards, cemeteries, crematoria and workhouses.
  • Berkshire Strays Index, over 20,000 Berkshire people recorded out 0f county, including those in censuses from 1841 to 1901
  • Berkshire Miscellaneous Index, over 100,000 names from assorted sources and individual submissions
  • Local trade directories from 1830 onwards
  • Parish register transcriptions
  • Berkshire probate index — 1480-1857
  • Berkshire overseers’ papers — 1601-1834
  • Berkshire monumental inscriptions and war memorials
  • National Burial Index third Edition— a ‘lucky dip’ of over 18 million records from nearly 50 English and Welsh counties – but, sadly, not from all!

The Centre holds a range of CDs offering data from other counties, and UK and international data too.

We also have over 5,000 microfiches offering data from the UK and Ireland.

View the catalogue here

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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, BracknellNewbury, 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