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Starting Your Family Tree at the Berkshire Record Office
Like all county archives, the Berkshire Record Office (BRO) holds a wealth of information for the family historian that will help you get past the basic details you can find online.
Visitors to the BRO can access Ancestry and Find My Past for free. These sites give you good access to post-1837 information. We also have copies of some of the sources that they use: births, marriages and deaths indexes and census returns.
What makes the BRO special is our collection of documents that you will not find online, and which can also be accessed onsite for free. Many of these local records will take you further back in time and help you explore your ancestors' stories. Please use the links on the left to find out more.
All you need to know before you come
Explore Your History at the Berkshire Record Office
500 Years of Family History
Lists of adult voters
Last testaments of the dead
Inside Victorian BroadmoorStories from England's first Criminal Lunatic Asylum
For the Welfare of the Insane PoorA History of Fair Mile Hospital 1870-2003
The Berkshire County Council Portrait CollectionThe Great and the Good from County Government
The Berkshire Echo
The Berkshire Echo 63April 2013: A new Cookham Bridge - Paying Your Rates - A Defaulting Cleric - ...