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November 2019

History of Reading’s Hospitals

Discover the history of Reading's Hospitals from 1837 to the present day in this fascinating talk. ...
21 Nov
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Christmas Book Market

A chance to purchase those Christmas bargains, quality pre-loved and new books on family, local and social history at prices to suit all purses. Also historic maps and data CDs. Buy yourself or someone else a gift that lasts and makes a difference. ...
30 Nov
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
December 2019

Drop in session – general

Stuck with your family tree or don't know how to get started? Come to this free advice session with expert Sandra Barkwith. Bring the research you have completed to date, copies rather than original documents are safest, and Sandra will suggest potential new approaches or avenues to explore.  ...
03 Dec
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. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. ...
03 Dec
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Reading’s Nineteenth Century Schools

In the 19th century, churches and individuals were the main benefactors setting up local schools, until in 1871, when the local authority in Reading also became involved in the provision of education through Reading School Board. Joan will tell us about the development of education in Reading through this period of time. ...
05 Dec
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
January 2020

Drop in session – general

Stuck with your family tree or don’t know how to ...
07 Jan
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. ...
07 Jan
18:45 - 21:30
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

London Transport by Design

Paul Joyce, Chairman of Reading Transport Group, is a life-long ...
09 Jan
14:00 - 16:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

The Old Poor Law

Many family historians have ancestors whose lives were touched at ...
11 Jan
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

Tracing your Jewish ancestry

You never know when you might discover a Jewish ancestor ...
18 Jan
11:00 - 13:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ

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
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November 2019

Quiz with food and drink

The next exciting episode of the famous Computer branch quiz compiled by Rebecca Day and Gillian Stevens! ...
20 Nov
19:45
Woodley Branch
The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, Berkshire, RG5 4JZ

History of Reading’s Hospitals

Discover the history of Reading's Hospitals from 1837 to the present day in this fascinating talk. ...
21 Nov
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. ...
22 Nov
10:00 - 13:00
Thatcham Library
Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG

Free Family History Advice

Whether just beginning or have hit a brick wall, you can get free, one-to-one help from a member of Berkshire Family History Society's Newbury branch. ...
22 Nov
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU

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. ...
26 Nov
14:00 - 17:00
Wokingham Library
Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB

Tracing Living Relatives

This talk will give advice on using the records of civil registration, probate, electoral registers and other on-line searches.  It will look at methods of research and also the ethical and practical issues you may encounter in this sensitive area. ...
26 Nov
19:15 - 10:15
Windsor Branch
Christ Church United Reform Church, William Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1BA

Birth and Death – deciphering those certificates

Why can the same birth be registered more than once and in different years? Why does a death registration involve three different certificates? This talk will look at the complex rules that govern the creation of these important documents ...
28 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

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. ...
29 Nov
10:00 - 13:00
Thatcham Library
Thatcham Library, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG

Free Family History Advice

Whether just beginning or have hit a brick wall, you can get free, one-to-one help from a member of Berkshire Family History Society's Newbury branch. ...
29 Nov
10:30 - 12:30
Newbury Library
Newbury Library, The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5AU

Christmas Book Market

A chance to purchase those Christmas bargains, quality pre-loved and new books on family, local and social history at prices to suit all purses. Also historic maps and data CDs. Buy yourself or someone else a gift that lasts and makes a difference. ...
30 Nov
12:00 - 14:00
The Centre for Heritage & Family History
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3BQ
December 2019

Drop in session – general

Stuck with your family tree or don't know how to get started? Come to this free advice session with expert Sandra Barkwith. Bring the research you have completed to date, copies rather than original documents are safest, and Sandra will suggest potential new approaches or avenues to explore.  ...
03 Dec
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. Topics are chosen by the group on a monthly basis. ...
03 Dec
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