West Berkshire Council

Some useful Family History websites

There is a huge amount of family history information on the internet and these are some of the popular websites to help you with your research. This is not a definitive listing and please bear in mind that some sites may charge for access to the information they provide.

Ancestry Library Edition  has an enormous amount of worldwide information which is constantly being added to. From Australian convict lists to U.S. Consular reports of marriages via German state government directories (in German), you might find what you are looking for here. Available as a subscription site and also free to use on all West Berkshire library computers although printing charges apply.

The Berkshire Family History Society  is for genealogists living in the Royal County and those with ancestors in the pre-1974 county.

The Berkshire Record Office  was established in 1948 to locate and preserve records relating to the county of Berkshire and its people, and to make them available for research to anyone who is interested in the county's past.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates the war dead - from the building and maintenance of cemeteries and memorials to the establishment and preservation of records.

Cyndi's list has more than 291,330 links for family history in over 180 categories.

GOV.UK - Births, Deaths, Marriages  contains information about registering life events and ordering certificates of births, marriages, deaths, civil partnerships, stillbirths and adoptions.

Discover your family history with FamilySearch.  The website of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, it has a large collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.

The Federation of Family History Societies  (FFHS) is an educational charity which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide.

Find My Past  has the complete UK census collection, 1841 - 1911, the most complete index of BMDs, 1837 - 2006, plus parish, migration, military and specialist records.

GENUKI is the genealogical information service for the UK and Ireland, containing a large structured tree of information. It is a noncommercial service, provided by volunteers in cooperation with the Federation of Family History Societies and a number of its member societies.

The Guild of One Name Studies is the world's leading organisation for one-name studies. A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it.

The National Archives of Ireland  holds the records of the modern Irish state which document its historical evolution and the creation of its national identity.

The  National Library of Ireland  collects, preserves, promotes and makes accessible the documentary and intellectual records of the life of Ireland.

The National Library of Scotland  is Scotland's largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots.

Origins.net  is a family history website offering subscription access to the richest source of British and Irish genealogy records online.

Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists  (SoG) is Britain's premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London with Britain's largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers.

The National Archives  is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history.