Professional research services

If you need paid research services, the society has a list of names and contact details of researchers who undertake commissioned projects.

This information is offered as a public service and inclusion of a researcher on the list neither constitutes nor implies recommendation, endorsement or warranty of any kind by the society.

You should always negotiate and pay for any commissioned work directly and entirely with the researcher.

1: Berkshire Name Search (BNS)

The society offers a search service covering a range of databases, for members who are unable to visit The Centre and don’t wish to purchase the society’s CDs of Data Downloads.  It’s as easy as ABC!

How to request a Berkshire Name Search

A – Search the database

You can find out whether the names you are researching are in our databases, and how many occurrences there are, in our Surnames Index.

B – Request a Quote

Tell us your search requirements.  A society volunteer will respond to your enquiry as soon as they are able and tell you how much it will cost.


As a rough guide £3 will provide up to a maximum of 25 results for one surname.

C – Create BNS Request

Once you are quite clear on the searches that will best meet your needs, create a BNS request..  The form contains a calculator that will work out the costs for you and once you’re happy you can place your order

A society volunteer will  carry out the search and send you the results, which will include the date, full name and event type.