Family History online resources


If you are interested in researching your family history, we have several online resources which can help you.

The main resource is, which is currently available from home, due to the lockdown. Here you will find census records, births marriages and deaths records, and much more. Log into it via our online catalogue:

We also have several eBooks on family history, which you can access on RB Digital. Go to and search for ‘family history’ or ‘genealogy’. There are currently 5 books available.

On Pressreader (, our newspaper and magazine subscription, you will find ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ magazine – the current edition and a couple of back issues are available.

Also, although the buildings are closed at the moment, you can visit the websites of the Berkshire Record Office ( and the National Archives ( to see what resources they hold.

Happy hunting!


Ancestry – free access to family history website


If you have time on your hands, why not take this chance to find out more about your personal history. is a family history website with access to census records, births, marriages and deaths records, and much more.

Due to the current situation, access to the Library Edition of Ancestry has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. To log in from home, go to

Focus on – the world’s most popular online genealogy resource

Research your family online at Wokingham, Lower Earley and Woodley libraries. You can access the website free of charge with your library card.

The website gives you access to

  • Census Records and Voter Lists
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • Military Records
  • City and County Directories
  • Immigration Records
  • Schools, Directories and Church Histories
  • Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records

The website contains the world’s largest online genealogy community with over 25 million posts on more than 198,000 boards. Specific topics and locality categories can be searched to find that elusive snippet of information to help piece together your family tree.

Access via the Local and Family History Page on the Wokingham Borough Libraries website