Genealogical Research


John Townsend holds an honours degree in Latin and has over 40 years of experience of genealogical and historical research. Searches are undertaken at various English record repositories and libraries, including The National Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster City Archives, British Library, Berkshire Record Office, Surrey History Centre, and others by arrangement. In the first instance please write without obligation, with a brief description of your problem. If you e-mail us, please include your name and full postal address. If you live outside the U.K., please indicate how you would be paying. We will then respond, saying if we can help, and with information on fees.


Transcription and Latin Translation


We will translate Latin documents, including medieval, or transcribe English records. If you would like a quote, please contact us. On sight of the document(s), we can quote the exact cost. Payment has to be received before work commences.


Berkshire Protestations Index (1641/2)

Searches can be made in our specialist index of Berkshire Protestation returns. Males over the age of 18 were required to take the Oath of Protestation. The index comprises about 10,000 slips and covers the old county of Berkshire, which included parts of what is now Oxfordshire. Returns have survived for 100 of the 160 odd parishes. There are large gaps in the east of the county and the north-west corner.

The information includes name, and place where the oath was taken (or refused), and occasion-ally further information, e.g. whether signed or made mark, senior/junior, occupation, etc..

Send 5 pounds if you would like us to search the index for a specific individual and report the first ten entries for that surname as they appear (alphabetically) in the index. Additional entries can be reported at the rate of 50p each. For this service we also accept payment in British postage stamps.



Cheques must be made payable to John Townsend. Customers outside the U.K., please indicate in the first instance how you intend to pay. We can offer PayPal, when a 4% surcharge will be applied to cover costs. Otherwise payments must be in British pounds (GBP), e.g. by sterling cheque, postal order, money order, banker draft. We regret that we are unable to accept credit cards or payments in foreign currency.


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