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Local and family history

Family history research

You can use the links below to help you research your family history. Alternatively, for more useful links, you can go to the Literati Family History Resources guide.


Table showing websites useful for researching family history.

Title of website


Berkshire Family History Society

Your local family history society - wherever your ancestors came from

Cyndi's List

Website with a large number of links to family history sites worldwide

Family search

For locating parish records

Free BMD

For locating most birth, marriage and death index references

General Register Office

For ordering birth, marriage and death certificates using the index reference


Reference guide to family history research in the UK

Literati First World War

Guide to all about the First World War

Scotland's People

Principal website for researching Scottish ancestors (fees may be payable)

The National Archives

Shows details of their holdings and useful research guides/podcasts

Resources only available in the library

You can use Ancestry and Find my past in all our libraries:

These are 2 family history sites with over 750 million historical records including birth, marriage and death records, military records and 1841 to 1911 census collections.

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool that provides library patrons with instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research. It includes records from the US census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalisation; passenger lists and more.

Please note that the ability to save records has also been removed from Find my past because the terminals in the library are shared.

Neither website allows access to the Living Relatives database and the Family Tree maker. You can get an idea of what Ancestry has to offer by going to the Ancestry taster website.

Contact information

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