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April 2020

DNA Interest Group - online Last Few Tickets

Special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results, facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. This quarter online for the first time - so participate from the comfort and safety of your own house. ...
04 Apr
14:30 - 16:30
Webinar

Royalty Talks Series

The series has been postponed due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, however two talks will continue online. ...
09 Apr
Webinar

Windsor Castle 1100 - 1700 - postponed

Talk postponed until a later date due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. See event details for more information. ...
09 Apr
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Beginners’ Family History Course - online

A series of six online workshops for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice. Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills. Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations. ...
14 Apr
19:00 - 20:15
Webinar

Queen Victoria’s Daughters - postponed

Talk postponed due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Please see event details for more information. ...
23 Apr
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Military Records Workshop - postponed

Workshop rescheduled to 24 October 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...
25 Apr
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
May 2020

Royal Weddings - postponed

Talk postponed due to coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Please see event details for more information. ...
07 May
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Caribbean Records - online workshop

Have you or your family come to the UK from the Caribbean? Discover the records available in the UK to help you trace your family's history including censuses, naturalisation records and ships' passenger lists in this online workshop. ...
16 May
11:00 - 13:00
Webinar

Reading during the reign of Elizabeth I - online talk

Reading became a thriving, growing town during the reign of Elizabeth I and yet it was still beset by problems. Find out more in this fascinating online talk you can listen to from the comfort and safety of your own home. ...
21 May
14:00 - 15:00
Webinar
June 2020

Resisting the Virgin Queen - online talk

As England turned increasingly Protestant under Queen Elizabeth I, discover the very different strategies adopted by three notable Catholics with homes close to Reading, and find out which was the more successful. Find out more in this online talk which you can listen to from the comfort and safety of your own home. Pre-booking required. ...
06 Jun
12:00 - 13:00
Webinar

Northern Whiteknights

Walk cancelled due to coronavirus Covid-19 ...
14 Jun
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
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March 2020

Bringing Local History to Life – cancelled

Most of us enjoy collecting stories and information from the past, but what do you do with it then? John will tell you of the many and varied different things that you can do with it. ...
31 Mar
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch
Christ Church United Reform Church, William Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BA
April 2020

Family History Advice – cancelled

Members of Windsor Branch will be at Cippenham Library to offer advice on your Family History Research. Free parking and Wi-Fi. Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records. ...
01 Apr
14:00 - 17:00
Cippenham Library
Elmshot Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB

Free Family History Advice – cancelled

Whether you are just beginning or have hit a brick wall, you can get free one-to one help from Berkshire Family History Society's Newbury branch. ...
03 Apr
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU

DNA Interest Group - online Last Few Tickets

Special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results, facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. This quarter online for the first time - so participate from the comfort and safety of your own house. ...
04 Apr
14:30 - 16:30
Webinar

FREE Family History Help Desk – Cancelled

Abingdon Branch will be at Abingdon Library to help you start your Family History research or break down brick walls you may have come to in your research. ...
08 Apr
14:00 - 18:00
Abingdon Library
Abingdon Library, The Charter, Abingdon, UK

Royalty Talks Series

The series has been postponed due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, however two talks will continue online. ...
09 Apr
Webinar

Windsor Castle 1100 - 1700 - postponed

Talk postponed until a later date due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. See event details for more information. ...
09 Apr
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Beginners’ Family History Course - online

A series of six online workshops for those new to researching family history including where to start, how to progress and good research practice. Learn how to work with core records of civil registration, censuses, parish registers and modern wills. Discover the different genealogy websites, the content they offer and their strengths and limitations. ...
14 Apr
19:00 - 20:15
Webinar
Grant of Probate

Wills and Probate after 1858

A discussion of Wills and Probate after the creation of the Central Probate Registry on 12th January 1858. ...
15 Apr
19:45 - 21:30
Woodley Branch
The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, Berkshire, RG5 4JZ
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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.

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  • 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)

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  • Indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records on CD — parish registers, probate documents, monumental inscriptions, maps, First World War history and more

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