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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...
  
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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...
  
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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...
  
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"Population in 1801 was&nbsp;110,480; in 1821, 132,639; in 1841, 161,759; and in 1861, 176,256...
  
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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  ==
 
== Getting Started  ==
  
 
Before starting your research in Berkshire, you might wish to read the article [[Finding Ancestors in England|Finding Ancestors in England]].  
 
Before starting your research in Berkshire, you might wish to read the article [[Finding Ancestors in England|Finding Ancestors in England]].  
 
=== Gazetteer Description of Berkshire  ===
 
 
"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 . . .&nbsp;
 
 
"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 act of 1844, for consolidating detached parts of counties, severed from Berks places amounting to 6,510 acres, and annexed to it places amounting to 1,515 acres. The registration county excludes 4,100 acres of the electoral county; includes 113,464 acres of adjoining electoral counties; comprises altogether 564,717 acres; and 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 . . .&nbsp;
 
 
"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 . . . &nbsp;Berks is in the diocese of Oxford; and constitutes an archdeaconry, comprising four deaneries . . . &nbsp;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 . . .&nbsp;&nbsp;Pop., in 1801, 110,480; in 1821, 132,639; in 1841, 161,759; in 1861, 176,256 . . .&nbsp;
 
 
"The territory now forming Berks was inhabited, in the ancient British times, by two tribes whom the Roman invaders called Bibroci and Attrebatii . . .
 
 
(The above extract is taken from:&nbsp; John Marius Wilson, ''Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72''.)
 
  
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
 
== Jurisdictions  ==
  
=== Berkshire Parishes  ===
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Use an [http://maps.familysearch.org interactive map ]to find jurisdictions for each parish in Berkshire.
  
Here is a list of the parishes in Berkshire.&nbsp; Click on a parish name to learn more about it:&nbsp;
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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;
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*[[St Helen|Abbingdon St Helen]]
 
*[[St Nicholas|Abbingdon St Nicholas]]
 
*[[Aldermaston|Aldermaston]]
 
*[[Aldworth|Aldworth]]
 
*[[Appleford|Appleford]]
 
*[[Appleton|Appleton]]
 
*[[Arborfield|Arborfield]]
 
*[[Ardington|Ardington]]
 
*[[Ashampstead|Ashampstead]]
 
*[[Ashbury|Ashbury]]
 
*[[Aston Tirrold|Aston Tirrold]]
 
*[[Aston Upthorpe|Aston Upthorpe]]
 
*[[Avington|Avington]]
 
*[[Bagley Wood|Bagley Wood]]
 
*[[Barkham|Barkham]]
 
*[[Basildon|Basildon]]
 
*[[Baulking|Baulking]]
 
*[[Beedon|Beedon]]
 
*[[Beenham|Beenham]]
 
*[[Besselsleigh|Besselsleigh]]
 
*[[Binfield All Saints|Binfield All Saints]]
 
*[[Bisham|Bisham]]
 
*[[Blewbury|Blewbury]]
 
*[[Boxford|Boxford]]
 
*[[Bradfield|Bradfield]]
 
*[[Bray|Bray]]
 
*[[Brightwalton|Brightwalton]]
 
*[[Brightwell|Brightwell]]
 
*[[Brimpton|Brimpton]]
 
*[[Buckland|Buckland]]
 
*[[Bucklebury|Bucklebury]]
 
*[[Burghfield|Burghfield]]
 
*[[Buscot|Buscot]]
 
*[[Catmore|Catmore]]
 
*[[Chaddleworth|Chaddleworth]]
 
*[[Charney Bassatt|Charney Bassatt]]
 
*[[Chiveley|Chiveley]]
 
*[[Childrey|Childrey]]
 
*[[Chilton|Chilton]]
 
*[[Chilton Foliat|Chilton Foliat]]
 
*[[Cholsey|Cholsey]]
 
*[[Clewer|Clewer]]
 
*[[Coleshill|Coleshill]]
 
*[[Compton|Compton]]
 
*[[Compton Beauchamp|Compton Beauchamp]]
 
*[[Cookham|Cookham]]
 
*[[Cumnor|Cumnor]]
 
*[[Denchworth|Denchworth]]
 
*[[Didcot|Didcot]]
 
*[[Drayton|Drayton]]
 
*[[East Challow|East Challow]]
 
*[[East Garston|East Garston]]
 
*[[East Hagbourne|East Hagbourne]]
 
*[[Easthamstead|Easthamstead]]
 
*[[East Hendred|East Hendred]]
 
*[[East Isley|East Isley]]
 
*[[East Lockinge|East Lockinge]]
 
*[[East Shefford|East Shefford]]
 
*[[Eaton Hastings|Eaton Hastings]]
 
*[[Enborne|Enborne]]
 
  
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*[[Englefield|Englefield]]
 
*[[Farnborough|Farnborough]]
 
*[[Fawley|Fawley]]
 
*[[Finchampstead|Finchampstead]]
 
*[[Frilford|Frilford]]
 
*[[Frilsham|Frilsham]]
 
*[[Fyfield|Fyfield]]
 
*[[Garford|Garford]]
 
*[[Goosey|Goosey]]
 
*[[Great Coxwell|Great Coxwell]]
 
*[[Great Farringdon|Great Farringdon]]
 
*[[Greenham|Greenham]]
 
*[[Hamstead Marshall|Hamstead Marshall]]
 
*[[Hamstead Norreys|Hamstead Norreys]]
 
*[[Hanney|Hanney]]
 
*[[Harwell|Harwell]]
 
*[[Hatford|Hatford]]
 
*[[Hinton Waldrist|Hinton Waldrist]]
 
*[[Hungerford|Hungerford]]
 
*[[Hurley|Hurley]]
 
*[[Hurst|Hurst]]
 
*[[Inkpn|Inkpn]]
 
*[[Kennington|Kennington]]
 
*[[Kingston Bagpuize|Kingston Bagpuize]]
 
*[[Kingston Lisle|Kingston Lisle]]
 
*[[Kintbury|Kintbury]]
 
*[[Lambourn|Lambourn]]
 
*[[Leckhampstead|Leckhampstead]]
 
*[[Letcombe Bassett|Letcombe Bassett]]
 
*[[Letcombe Regis|Letcombe Regis]]
 
*[[Little Coxwell|Little Coxwell]]
 
*[[Little Wittenham|Little Wittenham]]
 
*[[Longcot and Fernham|Longcot and Fernham]]
 
*[[Long Whittenham|Long Whittenham]]
 
*[[Longworth|Longworth]]
 
*[[Lyford|Lyford]]
 
*[[Maidenhead|Maidenhead]]
 
*[[Marcham|Marcham]]
 
*[[Midgham|Midgham]]
 
*[[Milton|Milton]]
 
*[[Moulsford|Moulsford]]&nbsp;
 
*[[St Nicholas|Newbury St Nicholas]]
 
*[[New Windsor|New Windsor Chapel Royal]]
 
*[[St George's|New Windsor St George's]]
 
*[[North Hinksey|North Hinksey]]
 
*[[North Moreton|North Moreton]]
 
*[[Old Windsor|Old Windsor]]
 
*[[Oxford|Oxford]]
 
*[[Padworth|Padworth]]
 
*[[Pangbourne|Pangbourne]]
 
*[[Peasemore|Peasemore]]
 
*[[Purley|Purley]]
 
*[[Pusey|Pusey]]
 
*[[Radley|Radley]]
 
*[[Reading|Reading St Giles]]
 
*[[St Laurence|Reading St Laurence]]
 
*[[St Mary|Reading St Mary]]
 
*[[Remenham|Remenham]]
 
*[[Ruscombe|Ruscombe]]
 
  
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*[[Sandford|Sandford]]
 
*[[Sandhurst|Sandhurst]]
 
*[[Sandleford|Sandleford]]
 
*[[Shalbourne|Shalbourne]]
 
*[[Shaw cum Donnington|Shaw cum Donnington]]
 
*[[Shellingford|Shellingford]]
 
*[[Shinfield|Shinfield]]  
 
*[[Shottesbrooke|Shottesbrooke]]
 
*[[Shrivenham|Shrivenham]]
 
*[[Sonning|Sonning]]
 
*[[Sotwell|Sotwell]]
 
*[[South Hinksey|South Hinksey]]
 
*[[South Moreton|South Moreton]]
 
*[[Sparsholt|Sparsholt]]
 
*[[Speen|Speen]]
 
*[[Stanford Dingley|Stanford Dingley]]
 
*[[Stanford In the Vale|Stanford In the Vale]]
 
*[[Steventon|Steventon]]
 
*[[Stratfield Mortimer|Stratfield Mortimer]]
 
*[[Stragield Saye|Stragield Saye]]
 
*[[Streatley|Streatley]]
 
*[[Sulham|Sulham]]
 
*[[Sulhamstead Abbots|Sulhamstead Abbots]]
 
*[[Sulhampstead Banister|Sulhampstead Banister]]
 
*[[Sunninghill|Sunninghill]]
 
*[[Sutton Courtney|Sutton Courtney]]
 
*[[Swallowfield|Swallowfield]]
 
*[[Thatcham|Thatcham]]
 
*[[Tidmarsh|Tidmarsh]]
 
*[[Tilehurst|Tilehurst]]
 
*[[Uffington|Uffington]]
 
*[[Ufton Nervet|Ufton Nervet]]
 
*[[Upton|Upton]]
 
*[[Wallingford|Wallingford All Hallows]]&nbsp;&nbsp;
 
*[[St Leanard|Wallingford St Leanard]]
 
*[[St Mary|Wallingford St Mary]]
 
*[[St Peter|Wallingford St Peter]]
 
  
*[[Waltham St Lawrence|Waltham St Lawrence]]
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==== Probate Jurisdictions  ====
*[[Wantage|Wantage]]
 
*[[Warfield|Warfield]]
 
*[[Wargrave|Wargrave]]
 
*[[Wasing|Wasing]]
 
*[[Watchfield|Watchfield]]
 
*[[Welford|Welford]]
 
*[[West Challow|West Challow]]
 
*[[West Hendred|West Hendred]]
 
*[[West Ilsley|West Ilsley]]
 
*[[West Shfford|West Shfford]]
 
*[[West Woodhay|West Woodhay]]
 
*[[West Waltham|West Waltham]]
 
*[[Wickham|Wickham]]
 
*[[Windsor|Windsor]]
 
*[[Winkfield|Winkfield]]
 
*[[Winterbourne|Winterbourne]]
 
*[[Wokingham All Saints|Wokingham All Saints]]
 
*[[Woolhampton|Woolhampton]]
 
*[[Woolstone|Woolstone]]
 
*[[Wootton|Wootton]]
 
*[[Wytham|Wytham]]
 
*[[Yattendon|Yattendon]]
 
  
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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>
  
 
== 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  ===
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== &nbsp;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.  
  
 
*[http://www.brazell.net/genuki/BRK/ GENUKI]  
 
*[http://www.brazell.net/genuki/BRK/ GENUKI]  
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/berkshireenglandgenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Berkshire]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engbrk/ Rootsweb]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engbrk/ Rootsweb]  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/england/berkshire/index.html GenealogyLinks]  
 
*[http://www.genealogylinks.net/uk/england/berkshire/index.html GenealogyLinks]  
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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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|title = '''Neighbouring counties'''
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|Centre    = Berkshire
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Berkshire, also known as the Royal County of Berks, is located in the central part of England.

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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 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.