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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 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. Visitors can also access the British Newspaper Archive free of charge whilst at the BRO.

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.

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Explore Your History at the Berkshire Record Office

You can use this search to see which Church of England parishes have deposited registers with us, and also what microform or transcript copies we have of those

The guide covers all the parishes in the Church's Archdeaconry of Berkshire, which is roughly the same area as the historic county.  The guide also includes parishes in the Archdeaconry of Buckinghamshire which are within the present Berkshire county borders.

If you need to look up something in one of the registers, please contact us.

Key: C = Christenings / M = Marriages / B = Burials / T & I = Transcripts and Indexes / MIs = Monumental inscriptions / IGI = International Genealogical Index

By 'non parochial', we mean all registers of births/baptism, marriages and deaths/burials that we hold, but that are not Church of England parish registers.

Usually, these registers have come from another faith organisation, but the guide does include registers from workhouses and municipal cemeteries too.

Key: D/N etc= Berkshire Record Office document reference / IGI = International Genealogical Index / MF = Berkshire Record Office microfilm number / TNA = The National Archives / RPC = Regents Park College, Oxford / T&I = Transcripts and indexes

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