The Weardale Museum


Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD

01388 517433

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Complete Census from 1841-1911 for

Stanhope and Wolsingham Parishes.

Information about the resources for which we hold data

We have fully computer-searchable transcripts of the complete censuses for the Parishes of Stanhope and Wolsingham, like the extract shown below, which together cover the whole of Weardale.


The files are in a spreadsheet format searchable by a number of useful filters for each of the fields – surname, forenames, address, birthplace, occupation, etc – so that searchers can instantaneously locate all entries relating to a particular family or place. The 300 members of the Peart family can be selected and displayed in just a few clicks.


Click on an image below to see illustrations of these filters.

A unique and powerful family history resource  


containing over 60,000 individuals, from some 300 Weardale families,


whose relationships can be displayed as ancestor charts or descendant trees.

Genealogy Database Census Records Memorial Inscriptions Parish Registers Stanhope Burials Tithe Records Old Maps School Admissions War Records & Memorials Wills and Deeds Letters from Emigrants Photographs & Postcards Genealogies Newspaper Cuttings Research from a Distance Back to Family History

Contacts for our genealogy support:

Ken Heatherington



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Ken takes the lead on developing the Weardale Museum resources.



Eric Draper



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Eric provides research for the Weardale resources and additionally will help people with family history enquiries not related to Weardale.



David Heatherington (01388)517433)



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David curates the Museum but is available to support family history enquiries.

Donate with a Gift Aid Form Census Record

The Museum Trustees are grateful for the painstaking work carried out over many years by Dr John Backhouse in transcribing the Stanhope Parish Census and Eric Draper for transcribing the Wolsingham Parish Census.

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