Family History Societies -
Anglesey to Berkshire

This section lists county associations from Anglesey to Berkshire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Anglesey

Gwynedd FHS:

Address:

Gwynedd FHS
c/o Mr Gwyndaf Williams
1 Tan-y-Cae
Bethel
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 1YA

(Research Room):

Canolfan Yr Aelwyd
Stryd yr Eglwys (Church Street)
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 ISW

E-Mail:

gwyndaf@uwclub.net

Information:

Gwynedd FHS helps people who are searching for their Gwynedd ancestry.

They were established in 1980, their aims being to promote interest in genealogy and to make available transcriptions of parish registers and census returns.  A list of parishes in Anglesey, Caernarfon and Meirionnydd is available on their site.

Many branches are operated by the Society, which include those in Arfon, Dwyfor, Meirionnydd, Conwy, Ynys Mon/Angelsey and Bangor.

Approximately 800 books are accessible to members in their Library, which include:

  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Indexes
  • Calendar of Wynn Papers 1515-1690
  • Census Indexes
  • Genealogical Research Directory
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Justices of the Peace in Wales and Monmouthshire 1541-1689
  • Local History Books
  • Marriage Indexes
  • National Genealogical Directory 1981, 1984
  • Reference Books
  • Ships and Seamen of Anglesey 1558-1918
  • Ships' Deserters 1852-1900

A full list of books is available on their site.  Two books can be borrowed by Society members at any one time, and can be kept for up to three months.  Books marked with asterisks (*) cannot be borrowed.

A biannual newsletter is published by the Society in April and November

Numerous publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Indexes
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Indexes
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
Website:
http://chtg.gwis.co.uk/


Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire FHS:

Address:

Bedfordshire FHS
PO Box 214
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 9RX

Meeting Room (Monthly Meetings):

Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive
Putnoe
Bedford
MK41 8PX



E-Mail:

secretary@bfhs.org.uk

Information:

Bedfordshire Family History Society was formed in 1977 and helps people who wish to research their genealogy and have connections with Bedfordshire.

A map showing parishes in Bedfordshire is accessible on the site.  A database of names of strays, which is those people from Bedfordshire found in records in other places, is also accessible.

Many interesting items of local interest are available, which incorporate photographs of Bedfordshire Churches and Villages and War Memorials.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Back Copies of their Journal: Volumes 1-15
  • Bedfordshire Wills 1531-1539, 1537-1545, 1543-1547
  • 1851 Census Indexes
  • Marriage Licences
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Register Transcriptions
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Poor Law Records
Website:
http://www.bfhs.org.uk


Berkshire

Berkshire FHS:

(Address):

Berkshire FHS
The Centre for Heritage and Family History
2nd Floor
Reading Central Library
Abbey Square
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 3BQ



Information:

Berkshire Family History Society was founded in 1975 and has approximately 2000 members worldwide.

Their aims are to promote and encourage the study of genealogy, primarily within the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire, and to promote the transcription, indexing and preservation of documents and other relevant information.

The building in which they operate is fully accessible, having a lift and disabled toilets.  Disabled parking is available at the front of the library, but parking is limited to 4 hours.  

If you are travelling to their Centre by train, Reading station is approximately 10 minutes walk.  Taxis are available at the Station, and buses also stop nearby.

If you are travelling by car, and do not wish to drive into the centre of Reading, a Park and Ride service is available at Mereoak (RG7 1PB)(south of Junction 11 of the M4), Madejski Stadium (RG2 0PL)(South of M4 Junction 11 if travelling from the West) and Winnersh Triangle (RG41 5RD)(Just off the A329 - use this service if using Junction 10 of the M4 or coming from the East).

If you wish to drive to their Centre, and do not mind driving into Reading, no parking is available at the Library, but seven car parks are available in Reading.  The nearest of these is Queens Road Car Park (RG1 4AR, 700 Spaces).  Other car parks in the vicinity are accessible in Kings Road and Abbey Street, but you can only stay for two hours.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Baptism Indexes
  • Berkshire and the War
  • Burial Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Coroners' Inquests 1688-1926
  • Directories
  • Electoral Roll 1832
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Military Indexes and Guides

Publications available for sale also include:

  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Overseers Papers
  • Parish Maps
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Poll Books
  • Probate Index
  • Reference Books
  • Secretary Hand: an ABC Book
  • War Memorials
Website:
http://www.berksfhs.org.uk