Find your ancestors in Berkshire baptisms

Discover your ancestors who were baptised in 43 parishes in Berkshire, England, between 1538 and 1928. Learn when and where your relative was baptised and the names of their parents, which may help you to delve further back into your family tree. Some records may reveal such interesting details as mother’s marital status and if the child was an orphan or foundling.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original baptism register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Baptism date
  • Father’s first name
  • Father’s last name
  • Mother’s first name
  • Mother’s last name
  • Residence
  • Church
  • Parish
  • County
  • Country

Some records may reveal further details about your ancestor. These additional details may include:

  • Child’s details (e.g. age, orphan status)
  • Relationship (i.e. son of, daughter of)
  • Father’s occupation
  • Mother’s note (e.g. marital status)
  • Additional notes (e.g. officiating minister, private ceremony, names of sponsors)
  • Child’s condition (e.g. age, twins, foundlings, illegitimacy)
  • Father’s or mother’s condition (e.g. deceased)

The record set comprises over 144,030 baptism records from 43 parishes in Berkshire, England.

These records date from 1538 to 1928.

Baptism records state the date and place an individual was baptised into a church, and are an essential part of researching your family history. In most records, the parents of the individual being baptised are included, and these are often the key to finding out the names of the previous generation.

Berkshire is a county in southeast England, located to the west of London. It’s known as the Royal County of Berkshire due to the presence of Windsor Castle. Reading is the county town of Berkshire.