Upcoming Events

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New Membership Year

The new membership year started on 1st July and runs to 30th June 2020. Members enjoy savings on society publications, on event bookings and on subscriptions to online genealogy services. …

Reading Register Office Moves

Many of you will be aware that the Register Office at Yeomanry House closed its doors for the last time at the end of November 2018. Since then the Register …

Researcher in Kent

"Can I firstly thank you for getting back to me so promptly, and for the mass of information you have provided me with.  Thank you for advancing my research so rapidly. I am really grateful to you."

USA institutional member

"Thank you so much. I’ve logged into the Members Area and was able to find the pages we are missing from the April 1976 journal.  I’ll keep my excitement to an acceptable level. How fantastic is that??"

Out-of-county non-member

"Many thanks to you and your colleagues for the comprehensive job you did for me on the ... family research."

A member in Canada,

"Just returned from holidays in Iceland to find my June 2016 BFH Magazine in my mail. Great new issue, which I enjoyed with a cup of coffee while sitting on the deck of the cottage near the lake!"


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