Berkshire, England Genealogy
Berkshire, also known as the Royal County of Berks, is located in the central part of England.
"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.
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Before starting your research in Berkshire, you might wish to read the article Finding Ancestors in England.
Click here for a list of the historic ecclesiastical parishes in Berkshire and to learn more about them.
- There are a number of record offices and archives in Berkshire that have records of genealogical value.
- The Berkshire Family History Society has much to offer the researcher.
Here is a list of other websites of genelaogical value for Berkshire. Please add to the list as you find something of interest.
- UK Genealogy
- The Visitations of Berkshire
- Berkshire resources at the Society of Genealogists.