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June 2024

Annual General Meeting

The 49th 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 2023/2024 and find out the plans ahead. Questions and debate are encouraged. We welcome all members, wherever you may live.
Wed 19 Jun
19:15 - 21:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Research Zone Tour

Yet to visit The Centre for Heritage and Family History and would like to know what’s available there and how it can help your family history research? This tour will introduce you to the facilities of the Centre and also those within the adjoining Local Studies Library. 
Mon 24 Jun
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

D-Day Lunch & Talk

Our D-Day event begins with a fish and chips lunch and then rounds off our season of talks marking the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, with a talk by Mike Cooper on the main events of D-Day itself. "D-Day" wasn't a single event, but many. Mike will look at the context for the landings, the planning and assumptions behind the actions of both sides, and at each of the landing beaches from the US landings on "Utah" beach to the west, to "Sword" in the East.  The Day began with airborne landings during the night, and saw fighting until the following nightfall. This can't be a detailed study, but for anyone with a general interest, or with a relative involved in this enormous, complex operation, it'll be an introduction and overview to help you understand the nature and significance of what happened.
Thu 27 Jun
13:00 - 15:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£12.00
July 2024

Face-to-Face Family History Advice Clinic Sold Out

Just beginning your family history research and need some advice? Baffled by so many competing research websites? Banging your 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
Mon 01 Jul
11:00 - 12:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

July 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. 
Tue 02 Jul
18:45
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference

Industry & Archaeology Talks Series

This all series ticket covers all three talks in the "Industry & Archaeology" 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. They last about an hour with time for questions and discussion afterwards. Tea, coffee and cake after the talk is included in the price.
Thu 11 Jul
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
£12.50

Industrial Archaeology in Berkshire

This is the first of three talks in the Industry and Archaeology Talks Series. The other talks take place on 8th August and 12th September. You may book tickets for individual events or for all three talks in the series for a reduced price. As the secretary of the Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group (BIAG), Jo Alexander-Jones, often gets asked 'so what is Industrial Archaeology'. In this light-hearted talk she will explain how the field developed with examples across the globe. Then, she will look at projects that BIAG have undertaken in Berkshire to show how the members find, record and share their love of our industrial heritage.  Examples are the Greys Court horse wheel, Hedges foundry in Bucklebury and roadside pumps on the A4. 
Thu 11 Jul
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 – 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. First time attendees are always welcomed. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and to gain and share ideas for how you can used your results to solve questions and break down brick walls.
Sat 13 Jul
14:30 - 16:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
£5.00

Tour of Historical Wokingham

Wokingham has a long and interesting history. From the 14th to the 16th centuries, it was was well known for its bell foundry which supplied many churches across the South of England. Some of those bells survive today. During the Tudor period, Wokingham was well known as a producer of silk. Some of the houses involved in these cottage industries are still to be seen in Rose Street. Join Peter Must, Chairman of the Wokingham Society, on this tour of the market town of Wokingham. Find out about the history of the town and see some of its older buildings. Learn of past businesses and notable people. The walk will take 1 ½ hours and will be on made-up pathways.
Tue 16 Jul
10:30 - 12:00
Wokingham Town Centre
£5.00
Create a comprehensive enduring family tree. line image of a tree

Create an enduring family tree in YourTrees

Create a comprehensive enduring family tree, that is relevant to the digital generations, and store a copy on YourTrees. The workshop is aimed at those who have already saved versions of their tree(s) on YourTrees, those that are thinking of doing so, or wondering whether they should. 
Thu 18 Jul
19:00 - 21:30
Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
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June 2024

Dads Underground Army

The story of a secret and clandestine organisation which would have come into action if the enemy had invaded Britain in World War II.
Mon 17 Jun
19:30 - 21:30
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP

Windsor Branch visit to St George’s Archives, Windsor Castle Booking closed

The Windsor Slough and Maidenhead (WSM) Branch of BerksFHS are arranging a visit to St George's Archives, Windsor, which comprise deeds, letters, rolls and manuscripts dating from the early twelfth century, tracing the history of the Chapel and College of St George and of the properties the College once managed in 30 counties across England and Wales, and much more.
Tue 18 Jun
14:00 - 16:30
St. George’s Chapel Archives
The College of St George, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ
Finchampstead Church

Local Family History

A chance to learn about local people and the parts they played in the history of Bracknell & Wokingham.
Fri 21 Jun
14:15 - 16:30
Bracknell Branch
The New Priestwood Community Centre, Priestwood Court Road, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 1TU

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.
Tue 25 Jun
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Carnival Hub, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AF

My Eminent Ancestors

The story of discovering eminent ancestor and the sources used to build family trees.
Thu 27 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 2024

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.
Thu 11 Jul
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.
Tue 30 Jul
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Carnival Hub, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AF

Ancestors on the Map; Finding Locations of Family Photographs

Those who are fortunate enough to have collections of old family photographs must often wonder where their ancestors were in such pictures, particularly if they were taken outside a studio. This talk will show how it is often possible not only to find information about studio photographers but also to pinpoint the locations of family photographs using a variety of online resources.
Tue 30 Jul
19:30 - 21:30
Windsor Branch Webinar
Zoom Video Conference
August 2024

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.
Thu 08 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.
Tue 27 Aug
14:00 - 16:30
Wokingham Library
Carnival Hub, Wellington Road, Wokingham, RG40 2AF
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