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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Regional Societies[edit | edit source]

Goring Gap Local History Society
6 Nun’s Acre
Berkshire RG8 9BE UK
Telephone: 01491 871022
Website: Goring Gap Local History Society

The Society has a good collection of historical material in its archives and has published several booklets. The archives are open to the public by appointment. Members receive an annual journal containing a variety of short articles on topics of local interest. The Society’s oral history project aims to record the memories of local people for posterity.

Oxfordshire Family History Society
Exeter Hall
Oxford Rd
Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 UK
Telephone: 01865 358151
Website: Oxfordshire Family History Society

The Society was founded in 1976 to encourage and promote the study of Family History. It caters to those with Oxfordshire or North Berkshire ancestry as well as those who live locally but with ancestors from elsewhere.

Berkshire Societies[edit | edit source]

Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society
35 Ock Street
Abingdon, Berkshire OX14 5AG UK
Website: Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society

The AAAHS was founded in 1968, and since then it has been the principal meeting point for all who have an interest in the past of Abingdon and its region.

Arborfield Local History Society
Arborfield Village Hall
Eversley Road
Wokingham, Berkshire RG2 9PZ UK
Website: Arborfield Local History Society

Our village is steeped in history, and our society exists to make it known more widely. We hope that you will learn about the main families, estates and buildings by following the links on the site.

Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG)
De Vitre room
The Cornerstone
Norreys Ave
Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1UG UK
Telephone: 0118 942 9712
Website: Berkshire Archaeology Research Group (BARG)

BARG takes an interest in uncovering evidence for human activity in the Royal County across a broad period from prehistoric times right through to the post-medieval and modern periods.

Berkshire Archaeological Society
RISC Centre
London Street
Reading, Berkshire RG1 4PS UK
Telephone: 01628 825288
Website: Berkshire Archaeological Society

Berkshire has a rich and varied landscape including parts of the Berkshire Downs, the Kennet valley, the Thames valley and the North Downs. The Society exists to explore, care and promote the Historic Environment of the past and present county of Berkshire.

Berkshire Family History Society
Berkshire Family History Society Research Centre
Yeomanry House
131 Castle Hill
Reading, Berkshire RG1 7TJ UK
Telephone: 0118950 9553
Website: Berkshire Family History Society

Objects of the society are to advance education of the public in research into family history and genealogy, primarily but not exclusively within the boundaries of the pre-1974 Royal County of Berkshire; and to work to promote the preservation, transcription, indexing and ready public accessibility of related records and information.

Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group
St Mary's Church
Castle Street
Reading, Berkshire RG1 7RD UK
Telephone: 016350 580356
Website: Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group

The Group is for anyone interested in industrial archaeology and history, especially those who live or work in the English county of Berkshire and its surrounds.

Berkshire Local History Association
St Nicolas’ Church Hall
West Mills
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5HG UK
Website: Berkshire Local History Association

The Berkshire Local History Association (BLHA) was founded in 1976 to encourage interest in local history in the county, both before and after the 1974 boundary changes. This includes education and training, research, and publication.

The Berkshire Record Society
c/o Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue
Reading, Berkshire RG1 6AF UK
Website: The Berkshire Record Society

The Society was founded in October 1993 to print scholarly editions of important documents on the history of Berkshire held in the Berkshire Record Office and elsewhere. Our aim is to publish one volume each year and we welcome ideas for new projects.

Blewbury Local History Group
Church Lane
Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 9PY UK
Telephone: 01235850427
Website: Blewbury Local History Group

Blewbury is a pretty downlands village with a thriving community, formerly in Berkshire, now in Oxfordshire. Blewbury Local History Group consists of an informal gathering of friends who take an interest in investigating and preserving historical matters relating to the parish of Blewbury.

Bracknell & District Historical Society
Montgomery of Alamein Court
Cumberland Close Off Bay Road
Berkshire RG12 2NE UK
Telephone: 01344 625865
Website: Bracknell & District Historical Society

The Society, many of whose members live in Ascot, was formed in 1971 and is a Corporate member of the Berkshire Local History Association.

Datchet Village Society
Website: Datchet Village Society
Website #2:Datchet Village Society

In 1995 the Datchet Village Society was formed to help preserve the special character of Datchet and to encourage interest in its history and environment.

Eton Wick History Group
Eton Wick Village Hall
Eton Wick Rd
Eton Wick
Windsor, Berkshire L4 6LT UK
Website: Eton Wick History Group
Website #2:Eton Wick History Group

The Eton Wick History Group was founded to research and record local history. Eton Wick and the surrounding area is rich in history and the village has a heritage dating back to 1217.

Faringdon & District Historical & Archaeological Society
Old Town Hall
The Pump House
5 Market Place
Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HL UK
Telephone: 01367 240885
Website: Faringdon & District Historical & Archaeological Society

Goring & Streatley Local History Society
Goring Village Hall
Berkshire RG8 9AG UK
Telephone:01491 871022 (Evening)
Website: Goring & Streatley Local History Society

The Hungerford Historical Association
Town Hall & Corn Exchange
Berkshire RG17 0NJ UK
Telephone: 01488 682932
Website: The Hungerford Historical Association

A key feature of the HHA in its early years was the formation of research groups – covering Buildings, Great Estates, Pre-History, Town & Manor, Communications, Trade & Industry, Churches & Schools, and Kintbury,

Long Wittenham Local History Group
8 Westfield Road
Long Wittenham, OX14 4RF UK
Telephone: 01865 407382
Website: Long Wittenham Local History Group

The group, formed in 1984, researches, collects, studies and shares through publications and exhibitions, all aspects of the local and family history of the parish and local area of Long Wittenham. Long Wittenham was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it from Berkshire to Oxfordshire, and from the former Wallingford Rural District to the new district of South Oxfordshire.

Longworth and District History Society
Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall
Draycott Road
Southmoor, Oxfordshire OX13 5HX UK
Telephone: 01865 820500
Website: Longworth and District History Society

The society promotes the local history of the villages of the Golden Ridge on which we lie. These are the villages of Longworth, Kingston Bagpuize, Draycott Moor [Southmoor], Hinton Waldrist and the surrounding hamlets, and supports visits to many places of interest in our locality and beyond.

Maidenhead Archaeological & Historical Society
70 Lambourne Drive
Berkshire SL6 3HG UK
Telephone: 01628 630 924
Website: Maidenhead Archaeological & Historical Society

The aim of Maidenhead Archeological & Historical Society is to explore, interpret, preserve and share as much historical and archaeological evidence as we can about the area in which we live, and beyond.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre
18 Park Street
Berkshire SL6 1SL UK
Telephone: 01628 780555
Website: Maidenhead Heritage Centre

The Maidenhead Heritage Centre and ATA exhibition and archive explores the history of Maidenhead and its surroundings, including the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), which was headquartered at White Waltham airfield during World War II. The mission of the centre is to preserve and celebrate the area’s heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

Middle Thames Archaeological & Historical Society
The Chapel
St. Andrew's Church centre
Roger's Lane
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire SL2 4LN UK
Website: Middle Thames Archaeological & Historical Society

This society, based in Slough, organises monthly talks on a variety of historical and archaeological subjects.

Sandhurst Historical Society
Community Hall
Yorktown Rd
Berkshire GU47 9BJ UK
Telephone: 01252 375579
Website: Sandhurst Historical Society

Stanford in the Vale Local History Society
Website: Stanford in the Vale Local History Society

Sutton Courtenay Local History Society
Village Hall
Hobbyhorse Lane
Sutton Courtenay
Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4BB UK
Telephone: 01235 848527
Website: Sutton Courtenay Local History Society

The Sutton Courtenay Local History Society aims to promote interest in local history, to undertake research on the history of the village, and to encourage and support research into local family history.

Thatcham Historical Society
Sixth Form Block
Kennet School
Stoney Ln
Thatcham, Berkshire RG19 4LL UK
Telephone: 0118 9712428
Website: Thatcham Historical Society

The society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general.

Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society
The Piggott School Library
Twyford Road
Twyford, Berkshire RG10 9NT UK
Website: Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society

Wargrave Local History Society
The Pavilion
Wargrave Recreation Ground
Wokingham, Berkshire RG10 8BG
Telephone: 0118 940 3121
Website: [ Wargrave Local History Society]

Windsor Local History Group
Telephone: 01753 864835}
Website: [ Windsor Local History Group