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Your membership year

Membership is for 1 year from the date you join, and we'll send you a reminder one month before the year ends

Membership benefits

What does membership bring?

Become part of the largest Berkshire-focused Family History Community
Extensive website with exclusive Research Wizard and an online shop packed with books, maps, CDs and more to boost your research
Free or reduced-price admission to society online talks, specialist workshops and courses, natter group and DNA special interest group
Heritage Research Centre – giving all members free access to Findmypast Worldwide and The Genealogist
Local Branch meetings – giving members across the World access to experts in local, social and family history
Member discounts on society products
Member discounts on Findmypast membership
YourTrees - upload your family tree, collaborate with other members, and create a digital legacy to preserve and pass on your research
Quarterly journal Berkshire Family Historian packed with news, reviews and features
Exclusive member-only website content
Forum – enabling you to share research problems with like-minded family historians across the world
Free online help and advice about Berkshire-specific family research
Active and popular Facebook site – run by experienced society volunteers
Email newsletter - to bring you the latest news, events and research ideas, direct to your inbox
Projects – your chance to join with others in society project work – wherever you live in the world. It’s your chance to give something back to family history – for researchers of today and tomorrow

Click here if you've booked an event with us since Sep 2019

We're delighted that you've decided to join the society!


Because you made a booking, your email address will already be on our system.


To link that email address to your full membership, we need you to log into it BEFORE you go any further. Here's how:


Please read ALL the instructions before you start!

  1. You'll  need a password - to get one go to the Log In menu option above and click the Lost your password link beneath the blue box
  2. In the password reset form, enter your email address, complete the maths challenge and press "Get New Password"
  3. If your request was accepted you'll receive an email allowing you to reset your password (it may take up to 30 minutes to arrive.)
    1. If your request wasn't accepted either you don't have an existing booker's account or you didn't enter your email address correctly - please try again)
  4. Once you've reset your password you will be logged in automatically
  5. Use menu option Membership > Join again, come back here, and you should see a message "You're already logged in"
  6. You can now go ahead and join up!

1: Redeeming a Gift Certificate?

Proceed as normal and select the membership type that matches your Gift Pack.  At the payment stage, choose the option to Redeem a Gift Membership.

2: Gift Aid (UK taxpayers only)

Increase the value of your membership fee by 25% - help us reclaim payments from the taxman at no cost to you!

Note: You cannot claim Gift Aid if you're redeeming a gift certificate.

3: A Request

A significant number of members add a donation to their membership fee.  If you would like to do this, we've made it a simple a one-click option

4: Pay by Card

You can pay by debit or credit card - Mastercard or Visa are preferred, please, because Amex charge us a lot more.

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5: You're going to get some emails!

The joining process will send a number of emails, depending on how many options you sign up for, such a Gift Aid and whether you submit any help requests. We send these so you can be sure that your data has been submitted and you have a copy for your records.

6: OK it's time to signup and pay!

Select a membership type to begin the registration process