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March 2020

Natter Group

Informal discussion group facilitated by Chad Hanna and  Gillian Stevens. ...
03 Mar
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Pop Pirates of the 1960s

Discover, or perhaps rediscover, the story of the offshore pirate ...
07 Mar
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Making the most of autosomal DNA Sold Out

DNA testing is now all the rage but what can ...
14 Mar
14:30 - 16:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

The New Poor Law Last Few Tickets

Many family historians have ancestors whose lives were touched by ...
21 Mar
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Drop in Session – Merchant Navy Records

Stuck with your merchant navy family research or documents? Help is at hand. ...
26 Mar
13:00 - 15:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
April 2020

DNA Interest Group

Special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the ...
04 Apr
14:30 - 16:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Drop-in session – certificates

Free advice session, this month focused on certificates. ...
07 Apr
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Natter Group

Informal discussion group with topics chosen by the group on a monthly basis. ...
07 Apr
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

“Royalty” Talks Series

Enjoy all five talks in the series for the price of four. ...
09 Apr
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Windsor Castle 1100 – 1700

Discover how this most famous of English castles, home to 39 reigning monarchs, developed from its earliest days. ...
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

A series of four 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
18:30 - 21:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
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February 2020

Heraldry is Fun

This talk describes the basic rules to Heraldry; the colours and how pedigrees are displayed. Look around and you will see heraldry everywhere. ...
25 Feb
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch
Christ Church United Reform Church, William Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BA

A Caribbean Journey

Experiences of researching Barbadian ancestors from the UK. Guy Grannum will ...
27 Feb
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire

Free family history advice

Whether you are just beginning or have hit a brick wall, you can get free one-to-one help from a member of Berkshire Family History Society. ...
28 Feb
10:00 - 13:00
Thatcham Library
Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG

Free Family History Advice

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. ...
28 Feb
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU
March 2020

Drop in session – church records

Stuck with your family tree or don’t know how to ...
03 Mar
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Natter Group

Informal discussion group facilitated by Chad Hanna and  Gillian Stevens. ...
03 Mar
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Family History Advice

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. ...
04 Mar
14:00 - 17:00
Cippenham Library
Elmshot Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB

Pop Pirates of the 1960s

Discover, or perhaps rediscover, the story of the offshore pirate ...
07 Mar
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Drop In Advice Session

Bring your questions, problems and 'brickwalls' ... and get some ...
10 Mar
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

FREE Family History Help Desk

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. ...
11 Mar
14:00 - 18:00
Abingdon Library
Abingdon Library, The Charter, Abingdon, UK

Newbury in old photographs

Dr Nick Young's talk looks at how Newbury used to ...
11 Mar
19:30 - 21:30
Newbury Branch
St Mary's Church Hall, Church Lane, Shaw, Berkshire, RG14 2DR
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