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August 2022

The history of Reading’s print industry

Commencing in 1722, Reading became the second largest ‘printing town’ per head of population, in Great Britain. This is its fascinating and often overlooked story, in a richly illustrated talk. Paul's talks are always very popular - so early booking is highly recommended. ...
11 Aug
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

1-1 Family History Advice Session – August Sold Out

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. ...
15 Aug
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Family History Advice Clinic

Just beginning your family history research and need some advice? Baffled by so many competing research websites? Banging you head against a brick wall? Or struggling with some other issues? In this one-to-one session, one of our seasoned advisors will help you make some progress ...
18 Aug
11:00 - 14:15
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Writing up your Family History Workshop

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 the popular 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. ...
20 Aug
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£10.00

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. ...
20 Aug
14:00 - 16:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£10.00

One hundred years of shopping in Reading

Jacksons, Langstons and Tuttys are familiar shop names to people in Reading. But do you remember Hawkes Ironmongers or Cook's Dairy and Farm Equipment? This the second talk in the Summer Potpourri Series, will take us on a virtual walk round the town centre. We will look at shops from the 19th century to the present day, and how shopping has changed over the years. ...
25 Aug
14:00 - 15:15
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00
September 2022

Latin for Family Historians Course

This two-part course will provide a very basic introduction to the Latin used in some local history documents, especially parish registers and probate records. It is intended to give family historians a start in acquiring enough Latin to translate documents they frequently encounter, and on which they can build advanced skills to translate more complex documents. There are two sessions: Sep 3rd and 10th, both sessions 11am - 1pm ...
03 Sep
11:00 - 13:00
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£20.00

September 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.  ...
06 Sep
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Suttons Seeds

Suttons Seeds was an iconic institution in Reading for decades. This talk will look at how it all began and what it was like to work for the company. It will examine how the company built its global reputation for reliable seeds and plants which were guaranteed across the world. The talk will also look at how Suttons developed over the years from humble beginnings in Reading to its move to Devon in the 1970s. ...
08 Sep
14:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

Who Do We Think We Are?

Are you interested in tracing your family tree? Discover how to research, what types of records are available and how to interpret them. The talk is interspersed with humorous and poignant stories of ancestors encountered along the way and their stories. Speaker, Catherine Sampson, will share some of her own back story. This includes war heroes, pioneers, an early Union activist and aspiring politician, smugglers, criminals and a murderer. ...
10 Sep
12:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Caversham Two Bridges Walk

Join eminent historian David Cliffe on a walk around the Reading/Caversham border, exploring the historic aspects of the River Thames. From leisure to industry there have been many businesses that have sought the energy, resources and tranquility of Reading's most famous river. ...
13 Sep
14:30 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£5.00

Family History Advice Clinic

Just beginning your family history research and need some advice? Baffled by so many competing research websites? Banging you head against a brick wall? Or struggling with some other issues? In this one-to-one session, one of our seasoned advisors will help you make some progress ...
15 Sep
11:00 - 14:15
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
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August 2022

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. ...
11 Aug
14:00 - 17:00
Bracknell Central Library
Town Square, Bracknell RG12 1BH

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. ...
30 Aug
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB
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. ...
15 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? Hear the stories of two family members who died in the First World War. With the aid of Regimental War Diaries, our speaker uncovered an intriguing mystery and an unforeseen coincidence. ...
19 Sep
19:30 - 21:15
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP

Secrets and Lies: adventures in other people’s family history

Some extraordinary and poignant stories uncovered whilst researching for clients. Every family history -- and many historical records -- contains secrets and lies, many connected to illegitimacy, others arising from more surprising causes. This talk explores some of those which Frances has uncovered in the course of her research. ...
27 Sep
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Where there’s a will there’s usually an argument

Sue Ellis will be giving us an insight into how to interpret wills, where you can find them, and much more. ...
29 Sep
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire
November 2022

History of Local Policing

This talk covers the origins of policing from the tithing system up to the present day, the changes which occurred over the centuries and how Thames Valley Police evolved to its present status. ...
09 Nov
14:00 - 16:00
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS

What Makes a Marriage – Rules & Regulations

An entertaining look at the laws and rules of modern and historical marriage, explaining the legal processes, registration and delving into the history of this special event. The talk covers the findings and interpretation of marriage records, how to track down divorces and perhaps identify a bigamist in the family. ...
21 Nov
19:15 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

DNA – A Practical Guide

This presentation will look at the different types of genealogical DNA tests that are available and how they can help you in a totally practical way, steering clear of the science behind DNA testing. ...
24 Nov
19:45 - 21:00
Reading Branch
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PE, Berkshire

RMS Titanic Made In the Midlands

The story of the ill-fated liner Titanic is one that has been told and retold countless times it is hard to imagine that there could be any new stories or twists to the tale. Yet Titanic's strong connection with the Midlands is one such story that is not so well known. The ship may have been built in Belfast, registered in Liverpool and sailed from Southampton, but over 70 per cent of her interiors came from the Midlands. ...
29 Nov
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
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