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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>  
 
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  ==
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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]].  
 
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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== Jurisdictions  ==
  
== Jurisdictions  ==
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Use an [http://maps.familysearch.org interactive map ]to find jurisdictions for each parish in Berkshire.
  
 
==== Civil Districts  ====
 
==== 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;  
 
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;  
  
Read more about [[England Civil Registration]].
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Read more about [[England Civil Registration]].  
  
 
==== Berkshire Parishes  ====
 
==== Berkshire Parishes  ====
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==== Probate Jurisdictions  ====
 
==== Probate Jurisdictions  ====
  
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>
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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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=== Getting Help with your Genealogy  ===
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[[Professional Genealogists Who Specialize in Southeast England Research|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. <br>
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|title = '''Neighbouring counties'''
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|Centre    = Berkshire
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|North    = [[Oxfordshire]], [[Buckinghamshire]]
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|East      = [[Middlesex]]
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|Southeast = [[Surrey]]
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|South    = [[Hampshire]]
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|Southwest = [[Wiltshire]]
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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.