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May 2022

Creating an enduring family tree in YourTrees Sold Out

This workshop has been developed to help you create a comprehensive enduring family tree, that is relevant to the digital generations, for you to store a copy of on YourTrees. It is  aimed that those who have already saved versions of their tree(s) on YourTrees and those that are thinking of doing so, or wondering whether they should.  ...
25 May
19:00 - 21:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

More than Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs – Reading’s Other Industries

This talk is the second of three in the Spring Potpourri online talks series. While Reading is rightly renowned for its baking, brewing and seed businesses, the town had many lesser-known industries that brought with them prosperity and just as importantly jobs for the wider population. We will explore a number of these companies covering industries such as printing, ironworking and brickmaking; names like Cox and Wyman, Katesgrove Foundry and Poulton’s Waterloo Kiln Brickworks. ...
26 May
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
June 2022

Crime and Punishment in Reading – Guided Walk Sold Out

Join guide Terry Dixon as he takes us to the scene of ten crimes in Reading. Terry will talk about each crime and how it was committed. He will explain what evidence was found, and how and if they were solved. He will also talk about related punishments and other crime-related topics along the way. Terry will be paying particular attention to the controversial murder of tobacconist Alfred Oliver. This happened  in 1929, and took place in his shop in Cross Street in the town centre. This walk will take about two hours. ...
07 Jun
10:00 - 12:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

June Natter Group

Informal discussion group, facilitated by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. End time varies. Free to attend, but pre-booking required.  ...
07 Jun
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Queen Victoria’s Daughters

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were the parents of nine children - five daughters and four sons.  The collective lives of their daughters span the period from 1840 - 1944.  They include the Empress Frederick, the tragic Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse-Darmstadt and the Rhine, and the talented Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll.  In this talk, Colin Parrish will describe the lives of the royal sisters and their descendants.    ...
09 Jun
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

Munition Workers in World War One Workshop

The First World War was the first global conflict fought by industrialised nations. Each side was dependent upon a ready supply of munitions. Who were the people who worked in these factories and what did they do to support the men at the front? In this workshop, we will look at where the munitions factories were and what people who worked in them did. We will consider working conditions and experiences, what records may be available and where to find them. ...
11 Jun
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£10.00

1-1 Beginners’ Family History Advice – June

Are you just getting going with your family history, or just picked it up again after a break? Not sure how to get going, where to focus,  and how to organise your records? The third Thursday of each month is a great day to come into The Centre for Heritage and Family History. Between 11am and 3pm you can gain guidance and help from two very experienced family historians. You will be able to use the Centre's computers to access Ancestry Worldwide, Findmypast Worldwide, The Genealogist and The British Newspaper Archive and access our vast reference library. ...
16 Jun
11:00 - 15:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

The New Poor Law 1834-1929 Workshop

Discover how those who fell on hard times between 1834 and 1929 were supported by the New Poor Law and examine the records which may survive, how to interpret them, and how they may help your family research. A two hour online workshop with eminent local historian Joan Dils. ...
18 Jun
11:00 - 13:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£10.00

1-1 Family History Advice Session – June

Are you just getting started in family history and wanting guidance as to how to proceed? Stuck at a particular brick wall and need some help? Why not book a free 1-1 advice session with our experienced research assistants. Four online sessions are available on this date. ...
20 Jun
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Annual General Meeting

The 47th AGM of Berkshire Family History Society. This is a great opportunity for those of you who haven’t previously been able to attend an AGM, to join this important part of the governance of the society. Meet other members of the society, hear about the society during 2021/2022 and find out the plans ahead. Questions and debate are encouraged. We welcome all members, wherever you may live. ...
22 Jun
19:00 - 21:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The Simonds Family & Simonds Brewery

This talk is the third of three in the Spring Potpourri online talks series. The Simonds brewery was founded in Broad Street, Reading, by William Blackall Simonds in 1785. Raymond Simonds, son of the last Simonds family managing director of the brewery, will begin by telling us about his Reading roots. These can be traced back to the 13th century and its wider origins in Europe and the USA. He will talk about the origins of the family brewery, its extent and eventual demise. ...
23 Jun
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
July 2022

DNA Special Interest Group – July

This special interest discussion group is aimed at those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results. It is facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. Sessions are held quarterly, but there is no obligation to attend on a regular basis and first time attendees are always welcomed. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and pick up ideas for how you can use your DNA results to resolve queries and break down brick walls.  ...
02 Jul
14:30 - 16:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
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May 2022

The History of Reading’s Hospitals

Discover the history of Reading's Hospitals from 1837 to the present day in this fascinating talk, that mainly focuses on the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which opened on London Road, Reading in 1839, but also includes some information about Battle & Prospect Park Hospitals. ...
26 May
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire

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. ...
31 May
14:00 - 17:00
Wokingham Library
Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB

The Green Room Plaque

The Green Room Plaque was “found” and photographed when it came up for auction in a Sale Room in Rugby, Warwickshire, in 2009.  The Plaque commemorates twelve actor members of the Green Room Club who died in WWI. Since that date, considerable research has been undertaken, using family history sources, military archives and contemporary newspapers in UK and USA, to find the stories of these actors, their backgrounds, careers and military service. ...
31 May
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
June 2022

Debt, death and discrimination

While researching different crimes in the Newbury area in the nineteenth century, Ros Clow became aware of the very different severity of punishment, depending on whether the perpetrator was rich or poor. The talk covers murders, manslaughter, fraud, bankruptcy, baby farming, suicide. ...
08 Jun
14:00 - 16:00
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS

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. ...
09 Jun
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH
Baby gravestone

Where are they buried?

Death indexes and certificates help you to locate where someone died, but not where they were buried. How do you go about finding where your ancestor was buried or otherwise commemorated? ...
15 Jun
19:15 - 21:30
Woodley Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Researching Displaced People

A broad overview, beginning with the definition of displacement and other similar terminology. We then look at some key examples, using four case studies which provide examples of the breadth and depth of the topic and cover the 19th Century and right up to the modern age. The session is accompanied by a handout which provides some guidance on how to research further. ...
28 Jun
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Help me break down my brick wall

Do you have a brick wall that's preventing you from progressing your research? Why not join us for an evening of problem solving that, hopefully, will help you break through that brick wall. ...
30 Jun
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire
July 2022

“A chest with three locks: the Archives of the College of St George since 1352”

A broad overview, beginning with the definition of displacement and other similar terminology. We then look at some key examples, using four case studies which provide examples of the breadth and depth of the topic and cover the 19th Century and right up to the modern age. The session is accompanied by a handout which provides some guidance on how to research further. ...
26 Jul
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
September 2022

The Swing Riots

The Swing Riots had a profound effect on the villages of West Berkshire, resulting in arrest, transportation and, in one case, a hanging. ...
14 Sep
14:00 - 16:00
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS

Lest We Forget

A First World War Mystery - Or is the jury still out? ...
19 Sep
19:30 - 21:15
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP
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