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== Record Offices and Archives  ==
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==== Berkshire Record Office  ====
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*There are a number of [[Berkshire_Record_Offices_and_Archives|record offices and archives]] in Berkshire that have records of genealogical value.
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*The [http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/ Berkshire Family History Society] has much to offer the researcher.
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*Here is a list of other valuable websites for Berkshire research.
  
9 Coley Avenue,br. Reading<br>RG1 6AF<br>Telephone 0118-901-5132<br>e-mail: [mailto:arch@reading.gov.uk arch@reading.gov.uk]<br>[http://berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk http://bershirerecordoffice.org.uk]
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==== Berkshire Medical Heritage Center  ====
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Level 4<br>Main Entrance<br>Royal Berkshire Hospital<br>London Road<br>Reading<br>RG1 5AN<br>Telephone: 0118 987 7298<br>[http://www.bmhc.org http://bmhc.org]
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==== Eton College  ====
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College Library<br>Windsor<br>SL4 6DB<br>Telephone: 01753 671269<br>e-mail: [mailto:archivist@eatoncollege.org.uk archivist@etoncollege.org.uk]<br>[http://www.etoncollege.com http://etoncollege.com]
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*Cemeteries
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*Church records
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*Other topics
  
==== Museum of English Rural Life  ====
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University of Reading<br>Redlands Road<br>Reading<br>RG1 5EX<br>Telephone: 0118 378 8660<br>e-mail: [mailto:merl@reading.ac.uk merl@reading.ac.uk]<br>[http://www.merl.org.uk http://merl.org.uk]
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==== The Museum of Berkshire Aviation Trust  ====
 
  
Mohawk Way<br>Off Bader Way<br>Woodley<br>Reading<br>RG5 4UE<br>Telephone: 0118 944 8189<br>e-mail: [mailto:MuseumBerksAv@gmail.com MuseumBerksAv@gmail.com]<br>[http://www.museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk/ http://www.museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk]
 
 
==== West Berkshire Heritage Service - Newbury  ====
 
 
West Berkshire Museum<br>The Wharf<br>Newbury<br>RG14 5AS<br>Telephone: 01635 519532<br>e-mail: [mailto:jburrell@westberks.gov.uk jburrell@westberks.gov.uk]<br>[http://www.westberkshiremuseum.org.uk]
 
 
=== Berkshire Family History Society  ===
 
 
Berkshire Family History Society Research Centre<br>Yoemanry House<br>131 Castle Hill<br>Reading<br>Berkshire<br>RG1 7TJ<br>Telephone: 0118 966 3585<br>e-mail [mailto:chairman@berksfhs.org.uk chairman@berksfhs.org.uk]<br>[http://www.berksfhs.org.uk http://www.berksfhs/org.uk]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 00:03, 20 February 2009

Getting Started

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

"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 . . . 

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

"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:  John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72.)

Jurisdictions

Here is a list of the parishes in Berkshire.  Click on a parish name to learn more about it: 


Research Tools

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Topics

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  • Cemeteries
  • Church records
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News and Events

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