Last update 12th Jan 2015


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 Labs

FS Wiki

London FHC

Film Ordering

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

   Family History Calling

   My Preferences


General Interest

     Basic Beliefs

     Main LDS site

     UK LDS site

     Jesus Christ

     The Scriptures

     Provident Living

     Order  Materials


Old Sites

Reading England Stake

·          Reading Mormon Choir

·          Reading FHC Open Day


·          new.FamilySearch



Welcome to the Home Page of
Family History Centre


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

General Open Times:

Monday                10.00am to 3.00pm

Tuesday                     Not open (see note 1)

Wednesday           7.30pm to 9.00pm 2nd and 4th only (see note 3)

Thursday                    Not open (see note 1)

Friday                   10.00am to 3.00pm

Saturday                     Not open (see note 1)



1.     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 request.
Email contact to book an appointment or request an opening is

2.     We are closed on bank and other holiday periods

3.     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 @

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.

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

·        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, 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 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 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

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.