Last update 30th Nov 2013
Index of Films held by
Useful Family History Sites
FHC Portal is FREE in FHCs and has Premium Websites containing:
· 19th Century British News-papers Digital Archive
· Access Newspaper Archive
· Alexandra Street Press
· ArkivDigital on-line
· The Genealogist
· Godfrey Memorial Library
· Paper Trail
· World Vital Records
Reading England Stake
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Tel: 0118 941 0211
Sorry – Monday 6th January Closed due to illness
Monday 10.00am to 3.00pm
Tuesday Not open (see note 3)
Wednesday 7.30pm to 9.00pm 2nd and 4th only (see note 3)
Thursday Not open (see note 3)
Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm
Saturday Only open on some 4th Saturdays (see notes 1 & 2)
4th Saturday Open 11.00am to 12 midday – FamilySearch Talks
12 midday to 2:00pm – open for research.
1. In February 2014 we are starting a trial run of monthly Family History Talks to be held on the 4th Saturday of the month starting on Saturday 22nd February. The doors will be open from 10:45am, the talk will be from 11:00am to 12 midday. The facilities will be available for research until 2pm.
2. The talk subjects will be on FamilySearch (FS) and will detail:
a. 22nd February - Exploring the facilities in the FamilySearch website
b. 22nd March - Searching, Signing in and Hiring Films
c. 26th April - FamilySearch Family Tree
d. 24th May - Preserving photographs & stories within FamilySearch
e. 28th June - How records are Indexed and how to help
f. 26th July - The FHC Portal
We are open on
Mondays, Fridays and 2nd & 4th Wednesday evenings.
If several people want to attend on another day we will try and meet that
4. We are closed on bank and other holiday periods
5. Click here for details of days open and times.
Films held by the Reading Family History Centre
The Reading Family History Centre has a number of commonly used films on permanent loan. These can be viewed free of charge by patrons. The list of films and their description can be seen by clicking Films.csv (Text index of films we hold in comma separated value format) and then search by using your browser search facility (Ctrl+F). Please let me know if there are any errors and what the correction should be - email (UK_Reading @ LDSMail.net)).
Documents held by the Reading Family History Centre
The Reading Family History Centre has a number of commonly used fiche on permanent loan and other documents which can be viewed free of charge by patrons.
Alan & Christine Johnson were called as directors of the Family History Centre in October 2005. Currently we have about 4 LDS staff who serve in the centre. We can be contacted by email (UK_Reading @ LDSMail.net) or phone 0118 941 0211.
The Family History Centre is part of the Reading England Stake and meets in the Stake meeting house. The location can be found by clicking here.
Reading England Stake consists of the following Wards: Basingstoke, Bracknell, Farnborough, Newbury, Oxford 1, Oxford 2, Reading and Woodley.
We currently have
· four film readers and four fiche readers
· one digital film/fiche scanner printer
· one document/picture scanner
· eight desk top computers with free access to the internet and many premium internet websites such as Ancestry.com, FindMyPast, The Genealogist etc.
· Many affiliate software programs to synchronise your personal data with FamilySearch Family Tree.
· about 4,000 films
· about 15,000 fiche
New.familysearch.org has been superseded by FamilySearch Family Tree. Please go to FamilySearch and use Family Tree. See below.
FamilySearch Family Tree
1. All church members and community members can now register on FamilySearch Family Tree. They will need an LDS or FamilySearch Account to sign in.
2. Priesthood Leaders and Family History Consultants can register at https://www.familysearch.org/consultant/ to gain access to the training. They will need an LDS Account to register.
There are some useful documents and a presentation that are provided to help you as follows:
Guide to Temple and Family History Work -
Online Film Ordering
The FamilySearch Online Film Ordering service is your gateway to a vast collection of genealogical and historical records. The service allows you to reserve and loan films to family history centres and affiliate libraries for you to view. The loan is free, but there is a small shipping and handling charge for each film.
Ordering is simple:
Sign in to FamilySearch using and LDS or FamilySearch Account by clicking the ‘Sign In’ link in the top right corner. If you do not have an account, clicking the Sign In link will prompt you to Create an Account if needed.
Click on ‘Search’ and then ‘Catalog’ to search for the film required. Click on the film number to take you to the online film ordering page. If you already know the film number you can click to go straight to the film ordering page.
Note: Before ordering any film, check to make sure the Family History Library Catalog does not have a digital copy online or that your chosen FHC does not hold a copy.
Select your loan type and then add to order. Follow the instructions to pay for the loan.
The current (November 2013) costs for ordering microfilms and microfiche on-line are as follows:
1. Short-term loan: £7.50/film for just less than 3 months hire
2. Extended loan: £18.75/film. These films have no return date, so remain in our FH Centre until requested to be returned.
3. Renewed loan: £7.50/film for 3 months hire
4. Microfiche: *£3.00/call number. Microfiche remain in a FHC after use.
*Microfiche are charged per FHL Catalogue number, regardless of how many fiche are assigned to the call number.
After placing your on-line film order, you will receive an e-mail saying the order has been received and also when it is shipped to the FHC. The progress of the order may be seen at any time by logging into the on-line film ordering account.