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'''Berkshire, also known as the Royal County of Berks, is located in the central part of [[England|England]].'''  
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[[Image:England-berkshire.png|thumb|right]]'''Berkshire, also known as the Royal County of Berks, is located in the central part of [[England|England]].''' <br><br>
  
 
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"BERKS, or Berkshire, an inland county, within the basin of the Thames. It is bounded, on the N, by Gloucester, Oxford and Bucks; on the E, by Surrey; on the S, by Herts; and on the W, by Wilts...  
 
"BERKS, or Berkshire, an inland county, within the basin of the Thames. It is bounded, on the N, by Gloucester, Oxford and Bucks; on the E, by Surrey; on the S, by Herts; and on the W, by Wilts...  
  
"Berks contains 146 parishes, parts of 14 others, and three extra-parochial tracts; and is divided into the boroughs of Abingdon, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Wallingford, and Windsor, and the hundreds of Beynhurst, Bray, Charlton, Compton, Cookham, Faircross, Faringdon, Ganfield, Hormer, Kintbury-Eagle, Lambourn, Moreton, Ock, Reading, Ripplesmere, Shrivenham, Sonning, Theale, Wantage, and Wargrave... The registration county... is divided into the districts of Newbury, Hungerford, Faringdon, Abingdon, Wantage, Wallingford, Bradfield, Reading, Wokingham Cookham, Easthampstead, and Windsor. The county town is Reading; and the market towns are Reading, Abingdon, Faringdon, Newbury, Wantage, Wokingham, Maidenhead, East Ilsley, Lambourn, Hungerford, Wallingford, and Windsor...  
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"Berks contains 146 parishes, parts of 14 others, and three extra-parochial tracts... The county town is Reading; and the market towns are Reading, Abingdon, Faringdon, Newbury, Wantage, Wokingham, Maidenhead, East Ilsley, Lambourn, Hungerford, Wallingford, and Windsor...  
  
"Berks is governed by a lord-lieutenant, a high sheriff, 40 deputy-lieutenants, and about 150 magistrates. It is in the home military district, and in the Oxford judicial circuit. The Lent assizes are held at Reading; the summer assizes at Abingdon. Quarter sessions are held on 31 Dec. and 8 April, at Reading; and on 1 July and 14 Oct., at Abingdon... Berks is in the diocese of Oxford; and constitutes an archdeaconry, comprising four deaneries... The places of worship within the electoral county in 1851 were 206 of the Church of England, 34 of Independents, 41 of Baptists, 5 of Quakers, 1 of Unitarians, 72 of Wesleyan Methodists, 53 of Primitive Methodists, 4 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, 1 of Brethren, 10 of isolated congregations, 2 of Latter Day Saints, and 6 of Roman Catholics...  
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"Quarter sessions are held... at Reading; and.. at Abingdon... Berks is in the diocese of Oxford; and constitutes an archdeaconry, comprising four deaneries... The places of worship within the electoral county in 1851 were 206 of the Church of England, 34 of Independents, 41 of Baptists, 5 of Quakers, 1 of Unitarians, 72 of Wesleyan Methodists, 53 of Primitive Methodists, 4 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, 1 of Brethren, 10 of isolated congregations, 2 of Latter Day Saints, and 6 of Roman Catholics...  
  
 
"Population in 1801 was&nbsp;110,480; in 1821, 132,639; in 1841, 161,759; and in 1861, 176,256...  
 
"Population in 1801 was&nbsp;110,480; in 1821, 132,639; in 1841, 161,759; and in 1861, 176,256...  
  
The above extract is taken from: John Marius Wilson, ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales,'' 1870-72.
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SOURCE:&nbsp; The above extract is taken from, John Marius Wilson, ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales,'' 1870-72.&nbsp; <br>
  
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== Getting Started  ==
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*[[Berkshire Archives and Libraries|Archives and&nbsp;Libraries]]
 
*[[Berkshire Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]
 
*[[Berkshire Census|Census]]
 
*[[Berkshire Church Records|Church Records]]
 
*[[Berkshire Court Records|Court Records]]
 
*[[Berkshire Directories|Directories]]
 
  
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Before starting your research in Berkshire, you might wish to read the article [[Finding Ancestors in England|Finding Ancestors in England]].
*[[Berkshire Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
 
*[[Berkshire Genealogy|Genealogy]]
 
*[[Berkshire History|History]]
 
*[[Berkshire Land and Property|Land and Property]]
 
*[[Berkshire Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Berkshire Newspapers|Newspapers]]
 
  
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== Jurisdictions  ==
*[[Berkshire Periodicals|Periodicals]]
 
*[[Berkshire Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
*[[Berkshire School Records|School Records]]
 
*[[Berkshire Societies|Societies]]
 
*[[Berkshire Taxation|Taxation <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236186880328_762" />]]
 
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Use an [http://maps.familysearch.org interactive map ]to find jurisdictions for each parish in Berkshire.
  
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==== Civil Districts ====
  
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When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Berkshire was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.&nbsp;&nbsp;The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.&nbsp; Click [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/REG/brk.htm here]&nbsp;to see&nbsp;a list of the&nbsp;civil districts in Berkshire and the parishes covered by each.&nbsp;
  
== Getting Started  ==
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Read more about [[England Civil Registration]].
  
Before starting your research in Berkshire, you might wish to read the article [[Finding Ancestors in England|Finding Ancestors in England]].
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==== Berkshire Parishes  ====
  
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Click [[Berkshire Parishes|here]] for a list of the historic ecclesiastical parishes in Berkshire and to learn more about them.
  
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==== Probate Jurisdictions  ====
  
== Jurisdictions  ==
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Before 1858, every town and parish in Berkshire was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.&nbsp; To read more about probate records and see a list of Berkshire towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to [[Berkshire Probate Records|Berkshire Probate Records]].<br>  
 
 
=== Berkshire Parishes  ===
 
 
 
Click [[Berkshire Parishes|here]] for a list of the historic ecclesiastical parishes in Berkshire and to learn more about them.  
 
 
 
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== Research Tools  ==
 
== Research Tools  ==
  
 
*There are a number of [[Berkshire Record Offices and Archives|record offices and archives]] in Berkshire that have records of genealogical value.  
 
*There are a number of [[Berkshire Record Offices and Archives|record offices and archives]] in Berkshire that have records of genealogical value.  
*The [http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/ Berkshire Family History Society] has much to offer the researcher.  
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*The [http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/ Berkshire Family History Society] has much to offer the researcher.
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== Other Websites  ==
  
 
Here is a list of other websites of genelaogical value for Berkshire. Please add to the list as you find something of interest.  
 
Here is a list of other websites of genelaogical value for Berkshire. Please add to the list as you find something of interest.  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/eng-brk.htm Cyndislist]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/eng-brk.htm Cyndislist]  
 
*The [http://www.uk-genealogy.org.uk/england/Berkshire/visitation/index.html Visitations] of Berkshire  
 
*The [http://www.uk-genealogy.org.uk/england/Berkshire/visitation/index.html Visitations] of Berkshire  
*Berkshire resources at the [http://www.sog.org.uk/prc/berkshire.shtml Society of Genealogists].  
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*Berkshire resources at the [http://www.sog.org.uk/prc/berkshire.shtml Society of Genealogists].
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Revision as of 21:52, 17 September 2012

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Did You Know?
England-berkshire.png
Berkshire, also known as the Royal County of Berks, is located in the central part of England.

Featured Content

"BERKS, or Berkshire, an inland county, within the basin of the Thames. It is bounded, on the N, by Gloucester, Oxford and Bucks; on the E, by Surrey; on the S, by Herts; and on the W, by Wilts...

"Berks contains 146 parishes, parts of 14 others, and three extra-parochial tracts... The county town is Reading; and the market towns are Reading, Abingdon, Faringdon, Newbury, Wantage, Wokingham, Maidenhead, East Ilsley, Lambourn, Hungerford, Wallingford, and Windsor...

"Quarter sessions are held... at Reading; and.. at Abingdon... Berks is in the diocese of Oxford; and constitutes an archdeaconry, comprising four deaneries... The places of worship within the electoral county in 1851 were 206 of the Church of England, 34 of Independents, 41 of Baptists, 5 of Quakers, 1 of Unitarians, 72 of Wesleyan Methodists, 53 of Primitive Methodists, 4 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, 1 of Brethren, 10 of isolated congregations, 2 of Latter Day Saints, and 6 of Roman Catholics...

"Population in 1801 was 110,480; in 1821, 132,639; in 1841, 161,759; and in 1861, 176,256...

SOURCE:  The above extract is taken from, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72. 


Getting Started

Before starting your research in Berkshire, you might wish to read the article Finding Ancestors in England.

Jurisdictions

Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Berkshire.

Civil Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Berkshire was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.  Click here to see a list of the civil districts in Berkshire and the parishes covered by each. 

Read more about England Civil Registration.

Berkshire Parishes

Click here for a list of the historic ecclesiastical parishes in Berkshire and to learn more about them.

Probate Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in Berkshire was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Berkshire towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Berkshire Probate Records.

Research Tools

Other Websites

Here is a list of other websites of genelaogical value for Berkshire. Please add to the list as you find something of interest.

Getting Help with your Genealogy

Professional Genealogists who specialize in Southeast England Research helps you compare the expertise, credentials, and rates of professional researchers who can help you access these records.




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