Find your ancestors in Berkshire Burial Index

Discover your ancestor who was buried in one of 175 parishes in Berkshire, England, between 1536 and 1962. The records may reveal their name, when they were buried, and where they were buried. You may also uncover the circumstances in which they died and were buried. Included in these records are those of Jethro Tull, not the progressive rock band of the same name, but the 18th century agricultural pioneer.

Each record comprises a transcript of the original burial register from 175 Berkshire parishes. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Title
  • Death year
  • Burial date
  • Burial year
  • Church
  • Place
  • County
  • Country
  • Relationship

Later records may include further details. These additional details might include:

  • Birth year
  • Age
  • Address
  • Cause of death
  • Other details (such as coroner’s verdict, cremation, unconsecrated ground, private burial)

The record set comprises almost 750,670 records from 175 parishes in Berkshire.

These records date from 1536 to 1962.

Please note that no images are included in these records.

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.

The “Other details” category on the transcripts provide significant information on changes in society from the 16th to the 20th century. The causes of death and the methods of burial reveal much about improvements in treatment of (and vaccination against) disease, the working lives of children, the evolution of transport from “waggons” to motor cars, and gradually changing attitudes towards suicide. Types of deaths covered in these records are deaths by vehicle, disease, and suicide.