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Data from all of our sources has been brought together by the construction of a major genealogical database using a commercial family tree program.

18th and 19th century Weardale inhabitants numbering some 60,000 and representing around 400 interconnected families, can be displayed and printed in various formats – family groups, pictorial or narrative descendancy trees, ancestry charts, etc, together with notes containing associated supporting data.

The database is an on-going project which is regularly updated with new entries and new data from all manner of local sources.

Corroborative and new information, family photographs, letters, deeds, wills and other stories provided by visitors and correspondents are most welcome.

The database is a computer based resource. Please contact us if you will need help to use it.

Weardale People :

Our Genealogy Database containing over 50,000 names

1881 census Town quarter schedule 21 Newfarm 1

Vickers Francis  Head Married 59   Farmer of 200 acres D'ham Stanhope

Vickers Mary     Wife Married 51   D'ham Stanhope

Vickers Francis  Son Married 22    Farmer's Son D'ham Stanhope

Vickers Elizabeth  D in Law Married 20   D'ham Stanhope

Denham Sarah Ann Servant Unmarried 18 Domestic Servant D'ham Middleton


1891 census Town quarter schedule 23 Belle Vue 1

Vickers Francis  H M 69 Farmer  D'ham Stanhope

Vickers Mary  W M 61   D'ham Stanhope

Reed George  V W 52 Farmer  D'ham Stanhope

Jackson Walter  SV U 23 Farm Servant Scotland

Vipond Meggie  SV U 16  General Servant Domestic  D'ham Stanhope

The Database can produce Ancestor Trees (above),
descendent trees (not illustrated) Census information (below left) and other source material such as Memorial Inscriptions (below right).

Memorial Inscription from Stanhope, St Thomas

IN/ MEMORY OF/ FRANCIS/ THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF/ MARY VICKERS/ OF BELLE VUE/ WHO DIED OCTOBER 24TH 1903/ AGED 81 YEARS./ ALSO/ MARY VICKERS/ WIFE OF THE ABOVE/ WHO DIED MAY 31ST 1908/ AGED 78 YEARS./ PEACE PERFECT PEACE

ALSO/ THEIR SONS/ WILLIAM/ WHO DIED FEBY 18TH 1853/ AGED 4 DAYS/ ALSO GEORGE/ WHO DIED JULY 25TH 1866/ AGED 1 YEAR

ALSO/ THEIR DAUGHTERS/ ELIZABETH/ WHO DIED DEC 9TH 1862/ AGED 2 YEARS/ ALSO ISABELLA CRAWHALL/ WHO DIED JULY 28TH 1888/ AGED 32 YEARS.


The family history database is available on computers for visitors to the Museum.
It is not available on the internet, but don't be put off, we provide a very good research service to those who live at a distance and can't visit the museum.
Use the contact numbers available to talk to us. Tel. 01388 517208 or Tel. 01388 517433