Berkshire Genealogy Resources


  • Berkshire Archives
    The Berkshire Record Office is the archives of the Royal County of Berkshire. They look after nearly nine hundred years of the County’s history. On their website you can discover more about their holdings and how to use them, as well as see some of the treasures from their collections.

BMDs and Parish Records

  • Berkshire BMD
    Currently there are almost 285,000 births, 96,000 marriages and 165,000 deaths available to search and view online. All of the records on Berkshire BMD are from the year 1837 onwards.
  • Berkshire Parish Records


Historical Directories

Local History

  • The Place-Names of Berkshire
    The etymology of town and village names.
  • GENUKI Berkshire
    GENUKI Berkshire is a free family history & genealogy resource which lists links and resources for the English county of Berkshire.
  • Berkshire History
    Berkshire History covers the ‘historic county’ of Berkshire, that is the original county (including detached parts of Wiltshire only officially merged into it in 1844). Subsequent administrative boundary changes in 1895, 1911 and 1974, with the addition and loss of certain areas, are largely irrelevant to a history-based website. Officially, the historic county has never been abolished, but this is rarely recognised (further information available at the Association of British Counties).



School Records


  • Berkshire Family History Society
    Berkshire Family History Society aims to meet the needs of those researching into family history across the UK and overseas – as well as those with Berkshire ancestors.
    The society offers you a first-class Research Centre and bookshop in Reading, monthly meetings in six locations open to everyone, free outreach sessions in many main libraries across Berkshire, an online discussion list for informed help and advice, a growing range of publications, including indexes and transcriptions of Berkshire’s historic records, an online shop, a quarterly magazine Berkshire Family Historian for members and friendly links to experience, advice and support of members worldwide.


  • Wills Index 1480-1857
    Search the index of over 38,000 entries to see what Archdeaconry of Berkshire wills, administrations and inventories are available.
  • Calendar of Berkshire Wills
    A book containing a list of 19,000 wills and administrations from 1508 to 1652.

Workhouse records

About Berkshire


  • 1841 – 161,759
  • 1851 – 170,065
  • 1861 – 176,256
  • 1871 – 196,475
  • 1881 – 218,363
  • 2019 – 911,000 est.

Largest Towns & Cities

  1. Reading
  2. Slough
  3. Bracknell
  4. Maidenhead
  5. Wokingham

Most Common Surnames 1881

  1. Smith
  2. Brown
  3. Taylor
  4. White
  5. Cox

Places of Interest

  • Dorney Court
  • Museum of English Rural Life
  • West Berkshire Museum
  • Windsor Castle
  • Highclere Castle
  • St. George’s Chapel
  • Maidenhead Heritage Centre