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January 2020

DNA Interest Group

Special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results, facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. ...
25 Jan
14:30 - 16:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
February 2020

Natter Group

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

Caversham Court and its History

The land known today as Caversham Court Gardens has a ...
06 Feb
14:00 - 16:00
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? Help is at hand. ...
17 Feb
13:00 - 15:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

The Nabobs of Berkshire – Part 2

Nabobs were employees of the East India Company during the ...
20 Feb
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
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

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

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
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January 2020

Was Your Ancestor a Gypsy?

A basic history and examples of typical names and occupations, lifestyles and sources.  Our speaker will use photographs and documents, mainly from her own family history, but will mention other families, especially any that would have been travelling in Abingdon and the surrounding area. ...
20 Jan
19:30 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1XP, UK

The Friends Ambulance Unit in WW1 & 2

The Friends' Ambulance Unit (FAU) was a volunteer ambulance service, ...
23 Jan
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. ...
24 Jan
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. ...
24 Jan
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU

DNA Interest Group

Special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results, facilitated by international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett. ...
25 Jan
14:30 - 16:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Members’ Evening

Which of your ancestors would you like to invite to a dinner party and why? ...
28 Jan
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch
Christ Church United Reform Church, William Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BA

Victorian Divorce

Discover how searching for a missing ancestor led Simon Burbidge ...
30 Jan
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. ...
31 Jan
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. ...
31 Jan
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU
February 2020

Natter Group

Informal discussion group facilitated by Chad Hanna and  Gillian Stevens. ...
04 Feb
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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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