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Reading Borough Libraries

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): BRK, OXF

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local Studies Library
Reading Central Library
Abbey Square
Tel: 0118 901 5965
Fax: 0118 901 5954
[email protected]
Contact: Local Studies Specialist

NB Unless stated otherwise, all material listed below is held in the Local Studies Library

Opening hours:

Monday: 09.30-17.30
Tuesday: 09.30-19.00
Wednesday: 09.30-17.00
Thursday: 09.30-19.00
Friday: 09.30-17.30
Saturday: 09.30-17.00

Other Libraries:

Reference Library
(Address as above)
Tel: 0118 901 5955
Fax: 0118 901 5954
Email: [email protected]

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes. �7 per 1/4 hour to search named sources; �10 per 1/4 hour to search unnamed sources

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Please contact the Berkshire Record Office for further information.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held. Held locally in Berkshire Record Office

5. Census returns

1841-1901 Berkshire and South Oxfordshire

Street Indexes to the Reading censuses 1851-1901

Name indexes are available for the Berkshire censuses of 1851 and 1881

1881 census on CD-Rom

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Directories for Berkshire 1796-1939 (incomplete)
Some of these directories cover Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire as well

6(b) City and Town Directories

Reading 1795-1976 (most years)

A few directories for other Berkshire towns (Abingdon, Newbury, Maidenhead, Windsor, Wokingham) are also held

6(c) Telephone Directories

Reading and District:
1894, 1939, 1951 to date (alphabetical)
1939, 1940, 1961, 1976 to date (classified, i.e. Yellow Pages)

The Reference Library has current Telephone Directories, both Alphabetical and Yellow Pages, for the whole of the United Kingdom, and Ireland

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Berkshire 1832, 1839-40, 1845-46, 1850-51, 1860-61
Reading 1832 onwards (includes Burgess Rolls)
Abingdon 1949-1974
Bracknell 1977 to date
Newbury 1946 to date (incomplete)
Windsor 1949-1974 (incomplete)
Wokingham 1949 to date

South Oxfordshire 1965 to date (incomplete)

7(b) Poll Books

Berkshire 1768, 1796, 1812, 1818, 1832

Reading 1740, 1754, 1768, 1774, 1780, 1790, 1802, 1818, 1820

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Whole of the UK and Ireland plus the Channel Islands, 1992 (microfiche)

9. Unpublished Indexes

Personal names index (card file)

10. Parish Registers

A small collection of transcripts for Berkshire held in both hard copy and on microfiche

Miscellaneous collection of printed transcripts for parts of the country other than Berkshire (Harleian Society, Register Section Series; also Phillimore's Series)

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family Tree Magazine November 1986 onwards
Practical Family History February 1999 onwards
Ancestors April/May 2001 onwards

The Ancestor 1902-1905
Genealogical Magazine 1897-1904
The Genealogist 1877-1883
Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica 1874-1938

The following items are all held in the Reference Library
Air Force List from 1928 (incomplete)
Army List from 1758 (incomplete)
Navy List from 1928

Crockfords Clerical Directory 1900 to date (incomplete)
Clergy List 1850, 1883, 1887, 1893

Burke's Landed Gentry 1845, 1914, 1921, 1952, 1972
Burke's Peerage from 1871
Debrett's Peerage from 1896

Alumni Cantabridgienses
Alumni Oxonienses

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Berkshire Overseers Project (transcripts of Overseers Accounts held in the Berkshire Record Office)

Berkshire Record Society

Index Library (British Record Society). Most volumes held. Some are located in the Reference Library.

The following items are all held in the Reference Library
Calendars of State Papers
Historical Manuscripts Commission Reports
Rolls Series
Camden Society

13. Other material

Transcripts of Monumental Inscriptions i.e. gravestones

National Burial Index on CD-Rom

Local Newspapers published in Reading

14. Guides to Collections

15. Local Record Offices

Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue
Berks RG1 6AF
Tel: Reading (0118) 901 5132
Fax: (0118) 901 5131
[email protected]

Other information

Reading Borough Libraries also holds a comprehensive collection of printed materials relating to the County of Berkshire.

A booking system operates for microfilm readers. Please check availability in advance.