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January 2022

Getting more out of Ancestry and Findmypast Workshop Last Few Tickets

Ancestry and Findmypast (FMP) are two of the most popular websites for family historians - but are you getting the most out of them? Boost your chances of success with this informative workshop by Tony Wright. ...
22 Jan
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£10.00

A Potpourri of Social History Talks – Winter Series

This all series ticket covers all three in the winter "Potpourri of Social History" talks series, for the discounted price of £12.50 (Berkshire Family History Society members £10.00). You may also book each talk individually - see each separate event page. All three talks are on Thursdays at 2pm and last about an hour with time for questions and discussion afterwards. This is an online talks series using Zoom (link provided when you book).  ...
27 Jan
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£12.50

Georgian Reading

The origins of this talk date back to 2018 and a Reading Civic Society tour of Bath. After the visit, long standing member Professor John Missenden was seized by not only how important the buildings of Bath are but that Reading has many great Georgian buildings too which we, and the Council, do not value in the same way so they are hidden in clear sight. He decided to develop a presentation about Reading, Berkshire’s Bath Spa and this has now developed into this talk for Berkshire Family History Society. ...
27 Jan
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
February 2022

February 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 is required.  ...
01 Feb
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Beginning your Family History

Are you looking to start researching your family history and don’t know where to begin? This talk covers the basic information you will need to get started, including what you need to know before you begin and where to look for information. It will also include basic pitfalls to avoid and some of the problems you may encounter along the way. ...
05 Feb
11:00 - 12:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Smith’s Coaches of Reading

Smith’s Coaches of Reading, with their distinctively coloured blue and orange vehicles, were an integral part of the local scene for six decades, as well as being seen all over the county on excursions, tours and seasonal coastal expresses. This is the story of how the enterprise developed from a single charabanc to become the largest privately-owned coaching firm in Southern England. Our speaker, Paul Lacey, is the author of the comprehensively researched “Smith’s Coaches of Reading 1922-1979”. ...
10 Feb
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

World War Two RAF Records Workshop

Ancestors who served with the RAF during the Second World War? Discover the records which may be available, where they might be found as well as how to interpret them. Plus recruitment, training, roles, aircraft and what happened if they became a prisoner of war. ...
12 Feb
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£10.00

Tour of Holy Trinity Church, Reading

Holy Trinity Church stands on the Oxford Road in Reading, about 500 metres west of the town centre. It is grade II listed.  It was built in 1826 as a proprietary chapel, to the designs of local architect Edward Garbett. Inside, the church is full of architectural treasures, including a chancel screen by Augustus Pugin and a high altar designed by Martin Travers. Below, lies its crypt with burial vaults dating back to the earliest years of the building's use. Churchwarden Ron Cutting will lead this tour, explaining the history of the church and some of its more prominent parishioners. The tour will include a visit to the crypt. ...
15 Feb
14:30 - 15:30
Holy Trinity Church, Reading
Oxford Rd, Reading RG1 7NQ
£5.00

Researching German Ancestry Workshop

In this practical online workshop, James Thornber will be sharing hints and tips to help you discover your own German heritage. The workshop will cover topics such as: a brief history of Germany, some useful German websites and how to tackle some of the trickier aspects of uncovering more recent German family members. ...
19 Feb
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£10.00

1-1 Family History Advice Session – February

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. ...
21 Feb
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The History of Yeomanry House, Reading

Sitting at the junction of Coley Avenue, Castle Hill, Bath Road and Tilehurst Road, and hidden by trees, Yeomanry House is perhaps a little ignored in comparison to the other big houses in the area. Until recently, it was home to Berkshire Family History Society and the Berkshire Register Office, but what of its past, and where does its name come from?  ...
24 Feb
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
March 2022

March 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.  ...
01 Mar
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
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January 2022

The new 1921 Census Sold Out

The1921 Census for England and Wales was launched on 6th January 2022. Our speaker, Mary McKee from Findmypast, managed part of this process and is in a good position to explain more about it. ...
19 Jan
19:15 - 21:30
Woodley Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Free family history advice

Did you make a start on your family tree during the lockdowns? Have you always wanted to research your family but are not sure how to start? Whether you are just beginning, or you have become stuck on your family tree, you can get free, one-to-one help from a member of Berkshire Family History Society's Newbury branch. ...
21 Jan
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU

The new 1921 Census

Our Findmypast speaker will explain and answer questions on the census background and how we can gain access to the 38 million lives who are recorded within. This will be the last census release for at least 30 years, as the 1931 census was destroyed by fire, and the 1941 census was cancelled because of the Second World War.  ...
25 Jan
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Posted in the Past

Join us for an illustrated trip into the lives of people who wrote or received postcards sent in the early 20th century. Helen uses genealogical skills to reveal the true stories behind postcards sent in the early years of the 20th century, and shares these tales with an illustrated talk. A 10 year old servant living in Bath, a soldier who died in the First World War, and even a man who helped prepare Lord Kitchener’s last meal,are all connected through postcards. ...
27 Jan
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Free family history advice

Did you make a start on your family tree during the lockdowns? Have you always wanted to research your family but are not sure how to start? Whether you are just beginningor you have become stuck on your family tree, you can get free, one-to-one help from a member of Berkshire Family History Society's Newbury branch. ...
28 Jan
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU
February 2022

West Berkshire War Memorials

Phil Wood is the acknowledged local expert on our war memorials. The War Memorials Trust interested him in the the state of repair of local memorials.  That then developed into a website containing photographs and transcriptions from the vast majority of West Berkshire's war memorials. As an added bonus Phil has found detailed information on many of the names inscribed on the memorials. He will update us on his research. ...
09 Feb
14:00 - 15:00
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. ...
10 Feb
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH
Charles Booth Poverty Map

Charles Booth’s Poverty Maps of London

A guide to searching Charles Booth's Poverty Maps online showing how your London ancestors and relatives lived at the end of the 19th century. ...
16 Feb
19:15 - 21:30
Woodley Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

1-1 Family History Advice Session – February

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. ...
21 Feb
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Wills for Family History

Perhaps the third most useful source after certificates and census, wills are a personal insight into relationships and possessions. Find indexes and associated records, order copies and read the documents. ...
22 Feb
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Tips and Tricks for online searches

Do you have problems getting the most from your online searches? Join us for tips and tricks to get the most from the more common websites. ...
24 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
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