Berkshire’s first ever online heritage fair takes place on Saturday 6th August – for those with Berkshire ancestry, those who live in Berkshire and those interested in Berkshire’s rich history.
There are two sessions – morning and afternoon – and you can sign up for one or other or even both. And it’s FREE.
This is your chance to speak to volunteers from over thirty heritage organisations.
Maybe you’re into family history and have ancestry from Berkshire or its surrounding counties? Come and talk to Berkshire Family History Society about your family history queries. Have you lost an ancestor, are you missing a marriage or puzzled about the location of a farm or hamlet? Do you want to find a will or need help interpreting it? Are you just looking to get started or have you hit a brick wall and are stuck? We can offer advice, free lookups and local expertise.
Also, many of Berkshire’s neighbouring family history societies will be present – all offering similar look-up services - Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, West Middlesex and West Surrey. So if your ancestors moved around a bit – we have that covered.
The Berkshire Record Office will be present to answer questions on their collections and offer expert advice.
As will a range of other heritage organisations specialising in specific buildings, local parishes and towns, businesses and occupations. Our experts cover everything from archaeological finds, industrial buildings, local customs and bespoke sources. Some hold private archives containing images, documents and information you won’t find elsewhere which they are willing to share. They will also be delighted to hear your stories and learn about your research or interests. You can see the full list of participants and find more about them on the link below. We encourage you to plan your involvement in advance so that you get the most out of the day.
This is a unique opportunity to further your family and local history research, build new connections and discover more of our local heritage.
This event is organised by Berkshire Local History Association and Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.