- 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
- Berkshire Gravestones
Images and records of burials from various locations around Berkshire.
- Find A Grave Berkshire
Browse the cemeteries or search by name for burials.
- Newtown Road Cemetery
Located in Newbury. You can view the burial records by year or surname from 1850 to 2006.
- Kelly’s Directory of Berkshire 1883
An online book that contains details of towns and villages, their inhabitants and businesses.
- 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).
- Berkshire Enclosure Maps
The maps and land awards show the process of enclosing the common fields of the county of Berkshire between 1738 and 1883.
- Historic Berkshire Maps
- West Berkshire War Memorials
Photos and transcriptions of memorials; search by place or name.
- School Admission Registers 1870-1914
Search more than 143,000 student records for Berks.
- Wellington College Register 1859-1905
A list of students who attended with some additional information about them.
- 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.
- Abingdon Union Workhouse Census 1881
- Bradfield Union Workhouse 1881
- Cookham Union Workhouse 1881
- Easthampstead Union Workhouse 1881
- Great Faringdon Union Workhouse 1881
- Hungerford Union Workhouse 1881
- Newbury Union Workhouse 1881
- Reading Union Workhouse 1881
- Wallingford Union Workhouse 1881
- Wantage Union Workhouse 1881
- Windsor Union Workhouse 1881
- Wokingham Union Workhouse
- 1841 – 161,759
- 1851 – 170,065
- 1861 – 176,256
- 1871 – 196,475
- 1881 – 218,363
- 2019 – 911,000 est.
Largest Towns & Cities
Most Common Surnames 1881
Places of Interest
- Dorney Court
- Museum of English Rural Life
- West Berkshire Museum
- Windsor Castle
- Highclere Castle
- St. George’s Chapel
- Maidenhead Heritage Centre