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Many older historical books are available free online, see Bibliography. Bygone Berkshire by P. Vol 2 is not currently available. Volume 1 of Magna Britannia by the Rev. Daniel Lysons and his brother Samuel Lysons, published in and re-issued in , is perhaps the most famous history of Berkshire, from Open Library.
The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland , "an evolving electronic archive of British and Irish Romanesque stone sculpture," contains a section on Berkshire buildings, mainly churches.
Medical Records General information about medical records. For catalogued records, use TNA's Discovery advanced search and include "Berkshire Record Office" in the "Exact word or phrase" field, in addition to your own search term s.
Berkshire and South Oxfordshire from , by Railton, Margaret. Polmood Publications, , available from Reading Central Library.
A history of medical treatment for the poor, from the Old Poor Law in 18th C to health care under the New Poor Law from , with the development of hospitals, dispensaries and medical societies on which the NHS was built. Hospitals The Index of English and Welsh Lunatic Asylums and Mental Hospitals , based on a comprehensive survey in , and extended to other asylums. Published by the Heritage Centre. ISBN 0 0 1. Covers the following hospitals: Berkshire and South Oxfordshire from Leonard and John Joyce: Surgeons of Reading and Newbury.
Marshall Barr and Lionel Williams. The Warren Cottage Hospital became part of the NHS in , closed in July , reopened in February , closed finally in and the building sold in It was sold in and houses built. Berkshire Victoria Cross holders:. Ford's Landed Gentry of Berkshire. High Sheriffs of Berkshire. John Nevil Maskelyne — was a nationally celebrated illusionist who lived in Bucklebury, see article in Berkshire Family Historian , Sep , Vol 40 page George Blackall Simonds - of the Reading brewing family was a famous sculptor including the Maiwand Lion war memorial in Reading , see article in Berkshire Family Historian , Mar , Vol 40 page Jethro Tull — was an agricultural pioneer who helped bring about the British Agricultural Revolution.
Vansittart later Vansittart Neale family of Bisham Abbey. Conrad Birdwood Willcocks , architect. Pedigrees of Berkshire Families. Transferred from his own hand writing and printed in lithography by E. Barwick, published , free online from HathiTrust Digital Library.
Trade directories can provide some information through the years of people, both high and low, especially those in official positions.
See sample pages from a directory. Berkshire newspapers from Berkshire FHS. Typical records might include administrative records, minutes, annual reports, accounts, programmes, newsletters, photographs, membership lists. The returns were later used to identify Roman Catholics by their refusal, who were then subject to increased taxation.
Rates local property tax: An article in Vol 63, of the Berkshire Echo explains their history. Used with other sources, rate books can be useful for: Open a form to report problems or contribute information. Help and advice for Berkshire If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form.
We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service. Leave this field blank. Berkshire Towns and Parishes.
The methods available to search different parts of their holdings are: Some are listed on this, and linked, pages under the relevant section e. Reading FHC is the only centre in Berkshire. Research service, for which there is a charge. The libraries offer a research service, for which there can be a charge. Some TNA records are digitised and can be searched and downloaded.
Bodleian Library , Oxford. Museum of Berkshire Aviation. Bibliography General information about bibliography. The Eureka Partnership publish printed transcriptions of a number of Berkshire records. When searching, beware of hits relating to Berkshire in the USA.
Be aware that these files can be large. Examples of books about Berkshire include: Bygone Berkshire , , P. Berkshire Parish Registers , , Volume 1 and Volume 2. Online sources of new and secondhand books for purchase: General information about secondhand books. John Townsend deals in second-hand genealogy books. Francis Frith sells new books about the history of Berkshire places. Check also the links below. Canal and River Trust.
Quaker Enterprise in Biscuits: They hold some books about railways for reference, including some specific to Berkshire. Provides some detail of the engineering of the Great Western Railway, with drawings and photographs. Snares of Minster Street , printers in 19C Reading. The Market Place site was vacated in the early s and the company moved to Torquay in At present, it is part of a large multi-national conglomerate. Cemeteries General information about cemeteries. ISBN 0 8 7.
Trade directories can provide some information about the cemeteries themselves through the years, see sample pages from a directory. Church History General information about church history and availability of records.
Contributions and corrections are positively invited. Read more about how to use the database and how you can contribute.
The handwritten returns can be difficult to read see sample page , so the transcription may be easier to use. This was the first and only census of places of worship in England and Wales and was made alongside the population census of the same year with the same registration districts. All the Berkshire churches listed in the census are in the Genuki Church Database above and are identified as such.
It is a transcription of the applications to register the places of worship in historic Berkshire of Protestant Dissenters those who dissented from the Church of England and also some Roman Catholic churches, as a result of the Toleration Act.
It also provides useful descriptions of the different denominations in Berkshire at the time: Thumbnail descriptions of church buildings and their histories can often be found in trade directories through the years, see sample pages from a directory. Church of England C of E: This list of redundant churches within the diocese of Oxford which includes Berkshire also lists those sold for other uses e.
Wantage and Abingdon Circuit: Reading later Reading and Silchester Circuit: The book also includes some Presbyterian churches that later became Congregational. Religious Society of Friends Quakers: Quakers in Britain provides a list of present Meeting Houses. Their library was founded in and includes books, periodicals, manuscripts and pictures, as well as the archives of the central organisation of Quakers in Britain. Describes the history of the church in Berkshire from s to s, with a table listing churches existing in with the name of pastor, number of members, etc.
Includes pictures of famous ministers of the Reading King St Church: A brief history of Baptists in Reading.
See general information about Jewish records. Historic Churches of Berkshire from Royal Berkshire History provides brief histories sometimes with photographs of many Berkshire churches, including the ruined Reading Abbey.
Photographs of churches , see: Churches of Britain and Ireland. Oxfordshire Churches in Degrees provide 3D interior views of some churches in present day Oxfordshire including some that are in what was historic Berkshire.
See also Historical Photographs under History. Births and deaths were not usually recorded as such. Their online guide to Parochial i.
The English parish church was a key secular as well as religious institution until the Victorian period. As part of local government, it was responsible for poor relief, running local charities, and even local roads and law enforcement. As a result, the 'parish chest' contains a lot more than just the registers. It is hoped that a full list of which registers are available at Maidenhead Library, will be online late John the Baptist, New Windsor only: A very useful description of baptisms, marriages and burials , most of which is equally applicable to Berkshire.
It is not always easy to locate your ancestors in the IGI using their search. Manually typing in the batch numbers can be tedious. Hugh Wallis has created a database of those numbers and the source records that they apply to. A very powerful feature includes a hotlink from each batch number to the IGI search, including the ability to enter the surname you are looking for. This makes it very easy to search all the batches for a particular geographic location using just the last name.
Similar information is available from Steve Archer. Also subscription access online from Findmypast. FreeREG provides free online access to "baptism, marriage, and burial records, which have been extracted from parish registers, non-conformist records and other relevant sources in the UK". Sadly only about out of 37 million records have been transcribed for Berkshire as of For deaths, see also Coroners Index below.
Some other church records e. The Archdeaconry of Berkshire was part of the Diocese of Salisbury until when it was transferred to the Diocese of Oxford.
There are three Peculiar jurisdictions. Contains details of 70, bonds of people expecting to get married in the Salisbury docese, including those living outside. Some of this data is also searchable online by subscription at Find My Past. Parish register copies for Berkshire in the library of the Society of Genealogists.
Civil Registration General information about civil registration. Currently only some records of the Reading and Bradfield Registration Districts have been transcribed for the period to mid 20th century.
Registration Districts in Berkshire. Findmypast offers a bit more detail on their free search results, including town and implied registration district. Correctional Institutions General information about correctional institutions. The original county jail was built in in Reading and later replaced in by Reading Goal on the same site.
Light in Dark Places: Their best known prisoner was Oscar Wilde in Court Records General information about Court Records. They were the lowest tier in the court system and developed at the beginning of the 18th century to take on some of the work previously undertaken by the Quarter Sessions. They dealt with minor criminal matters.
They were replaced by Magistrates Courts in the s. Archived court records are held by the BRO for the following: Justices of the Peace JPs presided at Quarter Sessions, where they were tasked with addressing many matters ranging from criminal offences, to questions relating to settlement rights and paternity, which affected entitlement to poor relief.
They were replaced by Crown Courts in the s. The papers also supplement the records of Reading Petty Sessions, as there are copies of summary proceedings at Reading Petty Sessions filed at the superior court, which are earlier in date than anything in the records of that court. For the earlier period, there is a sessions diary for the s, and some miscellaneous but interesting survivals from the late 18th century.
These include bonds and agreements relating to the transportation of convicts to America in the s and s. Inquests were carried out by the coroner in England and Wales where a sudden, accidental, suspicious or unnatural death occurred. This is an index only; the records themselves are only available to view in hard copy at the BRO. Description and Travel General information. For books describing Berkshire, see Bibliography. Individual town and parish pages on this website.
A Vision of Britain Through Time. Genealogy Help from Genuki to get you started: Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History. Help from the Berkshire FHS: How to get started.
The Berkshire Strays Index. An alphabetic list of Members Surname Interests that includes about 10, surnames. Surname index to names and events in Birth Briefs , five-generation ancestral i. Some members of message boards and forums, see immediately below, are willing to make look-ups.
This information is offered by the society purely as a public service. Inclusion of a researcher on a list neither constitutes nor implies recommendation, endorsement or warranty of any kind by the society. Client and researcher should always negotiate any commissioned work directly and in entirety. Mailing lists, message boards and forums for Berkshire: Facebook Berkshire genealogy group. Berkshire Local History Association.
Every UK county, town and village has a page for family history, local history, surname and genealogy enquiries. Heraldry General information about heraldry. For books about Heraldry, see Bibliography. Historical Geography General information about historical geography. For books about Berkshire geography, see Bibliography. The local government reorganisation of brought major changes to the boundaries of Berkshire with parts being lost to Oxfordshire and others gained from Buckinghamshire.
More about boundary changes The Genuki Gazetteer shows the location of places and lists neighbouring places with links to online maps and to Genuki pages that may contain information about that place and the genealogical resources which are available for it. Trade directories can provide some information of the changes to administrative areas through the years, see sample pages from a directory.
List of Berkshire hundreds , the historical sub-divisions of counties, introduced in the 10th century primarily as a unit of taxation but also having administrative, judicial and military functions. Enclosure in Berkshire, , ed. In , three quarters of the county was covered by large open fields, common land or waste.
See also New Landscapes: Enclosure in Berkshire in Maps below. Royal Berkshire History provides information about Berkshire country houses and churches. The British Library has online recordings of British accents , including Berkshire. Reading Central Library , search their catalogue. Reading Museum holds the Reading Chronicle Collection of over 40, negatives taken by the newspaper between and , and has published many of them online on History Pin. Flickr publish many historical photographs, including these from Swindon and Bracknell Forest libraries.
TNA has a brief guide to researching photographs. For example, St Mary's church , Aldworth in c Badger's Heritage line drawings. For images in books, see also Bibliography. For monuments and monumental inscriptions MIs, gravestones , see also Cemeteries. For churches, see also Church History. For railways, see also Business and Commerce For buildings, see also Dwellings. For public houses, see also Licenced Victualers.
Google Streetview through Google Maps will provide modern photographs of buildings if you know their location. Manors General information about manors. At the time of the Domesday Book in , the manor was the basic unit of local government. The manor court evolved as the forum where all matters relating to the manor were dealt with, including property transactions, byelaws and local disputes.
They can reflect the impact of national events and movements like the Great Plague or Tudor enclosure. They are arguably at their most informative in the medieval period, when the power of the manor was at its height.
It was later supplanted by the parish vestry and local magistrate. However, the manorial court system survived officially until when the Law of Property Act abolished both the courts and the manorial land tenure called copyhold. Manorial records can be a great way to find out information on individuals beyond their birth, marriage and death dates. The young royal shot to global fame in April, when she appeared on the cover of Tatler magazine, who hailed her 'the world's most beautiful royal', and instantly became the darling of high society.
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