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December 2021

The history of Greyfriars Church, Reading Sold Out

Greyfriars Church, in Reading, started life as part of a larger Franciscan friary church, within a complex of other buildings – a chapter house, cloister, dormitory and others. When the friary was closed down under Henry VIII, the nave survived. It was subsequently used, in turn, as Reading’s town hall, a poor house, barracks in the civil war, and a prison until it eventually reopened as a parish church in 1863, restored and enlarged. This well-illustrated talk covers its rich and varied history from the arrival of the first friars in the town, to the present day redevelopment of the site. ...
04 Dec
12:00 - 13:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00

December 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 Dec
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
January 2022

Transport Social History Talks Series

This all series ticket covers all three in the "Transport Social History" talks series, for the discounted price of £12.50 (members £10.00). You may also book each talk individually - see each separate event page. All three talks are on Thursdays at 2pm in The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Reading, and last about an hour. Afterwards there will be time for questions and discussion afterwards.  ...
13 Jan
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£12.50

The Dunkirk Evacuation: Reading Railway’s pivotal role

The Dunkirk evacuation, code-named Operation Dynamo, is one of the most well-known operations in World War Two.  During it, over 338,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk in May and June 1940. The involvement of the little ships, as they came to be known, is well known. Yet in contrast relatively little mention is made of the vast logistical effort needed to transport these men once they had landed on British soil. In this talk, Paul will explain the pivotal role which Reading Railways played in the evacuation. And also the enormous effort which went into this little known operation.  ...
13 Jan
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

DNA Special Interest Group – January

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.  ...
15 Jan
14:30 - 16:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00

1-1 Family History Advice Session – January

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. ...
17 Jan
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

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

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
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December 2021

Christmas Quiz Night

A time to socialise with other local members and test your knowledge with our Christmas Quiz. ...
06 Dec
19:30 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Communityty Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP

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 Dec
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

Short talks and quiz (F2F)

Join us for an informal evening of entertainment, personal stories and a quiz to test those brain cells. Branch members will be sharing their stories of personal triumphs and tribulations and introducing us to some of their ancestors ...
09 Dec
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

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. ...
10 Dec
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU

Free family history advice

Free family history advice from a member of Berkshire Family History Society. ...
17 Dec
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU
January 2022

Drop In Advice Session

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some ...
13 Jan
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

1-1 Family History Advice Session – January

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. ...
17 Jan
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

The new 1921 Census

The launch of the 1921 Census for England and Wales takes place 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

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
February 2022
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