Berkshire Name Search (BNS)

Introduction to Berkshire Name Search

Berkshire Name Search searches a master index covering a range of databases.

You can request a search (how to do this is explained below) or when you come to The Centre for Heritage and Family History in Reading, you can carry out the search yourself.

Start with the surname (or surnames) of interest and remember that the numbers of times that a particular surname appears will vary between the different databases.

A search of the Master Index will give you a surname total for each database included in Berkshire Name Search. The next step is to obtain the full details of each entry.

When you request a search, a society volunteer will carry it out for you and a small charge is payable for this service.

To make your own search (for which there is no charge) you will need to visit The Centre for Heritage and Family History


How to request a Berkshire Name Search

Ask for your search online—or by post. 

Some researchers often like to sort out any questions they may have about the service before finalising their search requirements. This helps the society volunteers too. Just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the surname or surnames of potential interest. You might also want to confirm the charge for the searches you are considering.

Once you are quite clear on the searches that will best meet your needs, email your requirements—and your surname(s) to be searched—to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and then pay for the search service using the links below. Charges are:

  • £3 per surname to search the Master Index—this will tell you how many entries there are for that surname in each database. Please note, it will not give you details from indexed records. Buy a master index search

  • £6 per surname to search all available databases—this gives you full details for up to 25 entries per database. Again, the volunteer will let you know what the extra cost will be if there are more than 25 entries in a particular database. Buy a single surname search on all databases

Applying by post

Search charges are the same.

You need to provide your name and contact details, the surnames and searches required, and the search fee payment (as a bank draft or sterling cheque drawn on a London clearing bank and payable to Berkshire Family History Society)

For postal requests, you need to enclose a large A4 self-addressed envelope (for several A4 sheets) and stamps to cover return cost. (UK Large Letter size, First Class £1.01, Second Class 79p; Overseas postage costs will be between £2.65 and £3.45 according to country. (Prices correct at January 2019)

Alternatively, supply an email address and your search results can be emailed to you.

In case of any queries, it is helpful to provide a UK phone number too.

Send your Postal Search request to:

Berkshire Name Search,
Berkshire Family History Society,
The Centre for Heritage and Family History,
2nd Floor, Reading Central Library,
Abbey Square,
Berkshire RG1 3BQ  United Kingdom


Databases in Berkshire Name Search

Berkshire 1851 Census more details

Berkshire 1871 Census  more details

Berkshire 1861 Census more details

Berkshire Baptisms more details

Berkshire Burials  more details

Berkshire Marriages (mostly pre-1837)  more details

Berkshire Miscellaneous Index   more details


Paid for research

If you need paid research services, and only in response to a written or email application, the society can supply a short 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 a list neither constitutes nor implies recommendation, endorsement or warranty of any kind by the society.

You should always negotiate any commissioned work directly and in entirety with the researcher.

To request this list send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(Note: email link requires Javascript to be enabled)


page last reviewed and revised 1st January 2019

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