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October 2019

Writing your Family History

Have you been researching your family tree and would like to write it up as a story but don't know how to start? In this workshop, Barry will help you get started and show you how you can structure it, so that you can write-up your family history while still continuing your research. ...
19 Oct
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

The History of Reading Gaol

County Archivist and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President, Mark Stevens, explores the history of the prison from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the separate system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde, some of the prison’s executions and Reading’s little-known role in the Easter Rising ...
24 Oct
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Reading Uni London Rd campus

Explore the London Road campus and the early history of Reading University. Visit the pre-existing buildings (East Thorpe, Acacias and Green Bank), find out about the site’s links with the Palmer and Sutton families, before looking at the growth and development of the University (Great Hall, Library, War Memorial and gymnasium). Walk includes a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life. ...
27 Oct
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
November 2019

Drop in session – general

Stuck with your family tree or don't know how to get started? Come to this free advice session with expert Sandra Barkwith. Bring the research you have completed to date, copies rather than original documents are safest, and Sandra will suggest potential new approaches or avenues to explore.  ...
05 Nov
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. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. ...
05 Nov
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Murder at Reading Gaol

In the second of our talks focusing on Reading Gaol, crime writer and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President, Angela Buckley, will share stories of the Victorian inmates of Reading Prison, including the nefarious acts of baby farmer Amelia Dyer, and the murder that inspired Oscar Wilde to write The Ballad of Reading Gaol. ...
09 Nov
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Drop in session – military records

Stuck with your military family research or documents? Come to this one to one advice session on military records with Trevor Maidment. Bring the research you have completed to date, or documents you would like advice on, copies rather than original documents are safest, and Trevor will share his knowledge and experience with you. ...
11 Nov
13:00 - 15:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Suffragettes

Interested in the subject of votes for women or have a family connection to the suffragette movement? Discover the wealth of information available from: The National Archives, newspapers, oral histories, diaries, personal papers, photographs and film footage. All add to our understanding of the activities of a cause that attracted supporters and detractors from both sexes. ...
16 Nov
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

History of Reading’s Hospitals

Discover the history of Reading's Hospitals from 1837 to the present day in this fascinating talk. ...
21 Nov
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Christmas Book Market

A chance to purchase those Christmas bargains, quality pre-loved and new books on family, local and social history at prices to suit all purses. Also historic maps and data CDs. Buy yourself or someone else a gift that lasts and makes a difference. ...
30 Nov
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
December 2019

Drop in session – general

Stuck with your family tree or don't know how to get started? Come to this free advice session with expert Sandra Barkwith. Bring the research you have completed to date, copies rather than original documents are safest, and Sandra will suggest potential new approaches or avenues to explore.  ...
03 Dec
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. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. ...
03 Dec
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
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October 2019

A Caribbean Journey

Guy Grannum will provide a guided tour of his family history starting from the Bahamas. This will be an entertaining talk that will touch on UK Civil Registration was extended to the colonies and how it worked in the context of the Caribbean. It will also touch on how UK research was carried out in the 20th Century. ...
16 Oct
19:45
Woodley Branch
The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, Berkshire, RG5 4JZ

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. ...
18 Oct
10:00 - 13:00
Thatcham Library
Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG

Free Family History Advice

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

The Edwardians

The ‘Edwardian Era’ is considered to be from the accession to the throne of Edward to the outbreak of the First World War. A time when so much happened in our country that has influenced our lives today. We will look at the social conditions, the ‘haves and the have-nots’, the Boer War and Edwardian entertainments: the music hall, the birth of the cinema.   Seaside holidays became an important part of family life and ‘going shopping’ came of age with the introduction of the department stores … and then the days leading to ‘the war to end all wars’.  ...
18 Oct
19:45 - 21:30
Bracknell Branch
Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 1TU

Writing your Family History

Have you been researching your family tree and would like to write it up as a story but don't know how to start? In this workshop, Barry will help you get started and show you how you can structure it, so that you can write-up your family history while still continuing your research. ...
19 Oct
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Riots, Randies and Women not their Wives

A talk explaining the social and living conditions of the 19th Century railway navvy, his recreations and pastimes and the plight of his wife and her children. ...
21 Oct
19:30 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1XP, UK

The History of Reading Gaol

County Archivist and Berkshire Family History Society Vice-President, Mark Stevens, explores the history of the prison from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the separate system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde, some of the prison’s executions and Reading’s little-known role in the Easter Rising ...
24 Oct
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

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. ...
25 Oct
10:00 - 13:00
Thatcham Library
Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG

Free Family History Advice

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

Reading Uni London Rd campus

Explore the London Road campus and the early history of Reading University. Visit the pre-existing buildings (East Thorpe, Acacias and Green Bank), find out about the site’s links with the Palmer and Sutton families, before looking at the growth and development of the University (Great Hall, Library, War Memorial and gymnasium). Walk includes a visit to the Museum of English Rural Life. ...
27 Oct
14:00 - 15:30
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 new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from. ...
29 Oct
14:00 - 17:00
Wokingham Library
Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB

Conserving your Family Archives

Learn how to conserve family treasures.  This talk will cover a wide range of family history records;  including paper; such as original documents, maps, books, photographs, etchings and paintings, to textiles; such as samplers, christening robes and uniforms. ...
29 Oct
19:15 - 22:15
Windsor Branch
Christ Church United Reform Church, William Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BA
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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