Berkshire, England Genealogy

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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: 


Record Offices and Archives

Berkshire Record Office

9 Coley Avenue,br. Reading
RG1 6AF
Telephone 0118-901-5132
e-mail: arch@reading.gov.uk
http://bershirerecordoffice.org.uk

Berkshire Medical Heritage Center

Level 4
Main Entrance
Royal Berkshire Hospital
London Road
Reading
RG1 5AN
Telephone: 0118 987 7298
http://bmhc.org

Eton College

College Library
Windsor
SL4 6DB
Telephone: 01753 671269
e-mail: archivist@etoncollege.org.uk
http://etoncollege.com

Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading
Redlands Road
Reading
RG1 5EX
Telephone: 0118 378 8660
e-mail: merl@reading.ac.uk
http://merl.org.uk

The Museum of Berkshire Aviation Trust

Mohawk Way
Off Bader Way
Woodley
Reading
RG5 4UE
Telephone: 0118 944 8189
e-mail: MuseumBerksAv@gmail.com
http://www.museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk

West Berkshire Heritage Service - Newbury

West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf
Newbury
RG14 5AS
Telephone: 01635 519532
e-mail: jburrell@westberks.gov.uk
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Berkshire Family History Society

Berkshire Family History Society Research Centre
Yoemanry House
131 Castle Hill
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 7TJ
Telephone: 0118 966 3585
e-mail chairman@berksfhs.org.uk
http://www.berksfhs/org.uk