Last update 5th Jan 2018


Main Links


Reading FHC

   Index of Films held by
   Reading FHC


   Documents held

     2000 info & 2005 info


Useful Family History Sites


The FHC Portal allows FREE access in FHCs to Premium Websites containing:

·         19th Century British News-papers Digital Archive

·         Access Newspaper Archive

·         Alexandra Street Press


·         ArkivDigital on-line

·         FindMyPast


·         The Genealogist

·         Godfrey Memorial Library

·         Paper Trail

·         World Vital Records


Free Websites


FS Catalogue

FS Indexing

FS Maps (1851)

FS Wiki

Register for an Account


    Berkshire FHS (Reading)

    Booth’s Poverty Maps

    British Library Newspapers

    Cyndi’s List

    Families in British India Soc

    Free BMD




    Google Maps

    Guild of One Name Studies

    Historical Directories

    Old Bailey Online

    Online Newspaper Archive

    Online Parish Clerks



    UK Certificates


    Workhouse History


Premium Websites


    Genes Reunited

    National Archives


    Scotlands People

    The Genealogist



LDS Leaders

   Temple and Family History Consultant


General Interest

     Basic Beliefs (

     Main LDS site

     UK LDS site

     Jesus Christ

     The Scriptures
The Holy Bible
Book of Mormon
Doctrine and Covenants

          Pearl of Great Price


     Provident Living

     Order  Materials


Other Sites

Reading Mormon Choir



Welcome to the Home Page of
Family History Centre


Tel: 0118 941 0211
280 The Meadway, Tilehurst, Reading, Berks. RG30 4PE

This site is undergoing updating and likely to change without notice. Last changed 12th Feb 2018

General Open Times:

Monday                10.00am to 3.00pm

Friday                   10.00am to 3.00pm



1.     If several people or a group want to attend on another day we will try and meet that request.
Email contact to book an appointment or request an opening is

2.     We are closed on bank and other holiday periods.
We normally close 10 days before Christmas until 2 weeks after.

Films held by the Reading Family History Centre

The Reading Family History Centre used to have over 4,000 commonly used films on permanent loan which could be viewed free of charge by patrons, however many of the could be viewed on-line either as images or transcript and all but about 285 films have been returned to FamilySearch in Frankfurt. The list of these films and their description will 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 @

Documents held by the Reading Family History Centre

The Reading Family History Centre has a number of commonly used films/fiche on permanent loan and other documents which can be viewed free of charge by patrons. However, as these can now be viewed on line they are in the process of being returned to FamilySearch in Frankfurt.

A list of the type of records held can be viewed by clicking here for 2000 info and here for 2005 info.

The Organisation:

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 @ 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

·        two film readers and two fiche readers

·        two digital film/fiche scanner printer

·        one document/picture scanner

·        seven desk top computers with free access to the internet and many premium internet websites such as, FindMyPast, The Genealogist etc.

·        Many affiliate software programs to synchronise your personal data with FamilySearch Family Tree such as Ancestral Quest.


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 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:

1.     Members Guide to Temple and Family History Work

2.      Family History Consultant’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work

3.     Instructor’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work

4.      Leaders Guide to Temple and Family History Work -
To Turn the Hearts

5.     Training Videos for Family History Leaders


Online Film Ordering

As most films/fiche are now on-line, the FamilySearch Online Film Ordering service has been withdrawn