Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD
If your family tree includes Weardale ancestors you should make The Weardale Museum your first port of call. It could save you many hours of research.
1. To access the data in our resource, and listed in the links, you must either visit or contact the Museum. You can not view the data on the web.
2. If you are unable to visit we can conduct a search for you. See Research from a distance [Right].
3. Our database and record files concentrate specifically on Weardale and, with minor exceptions, do not extend beyond the ancient parishes of Stanhope and Wolsingham.
4. All of our staff are volunteers. To avoid a wasted journey we strongly advise that you make an appointment if you have not used the system before.
5. We are grateful to the volunteers who have spent hundred of hours building this system for you to use and enjoy and to Durham County Record Office where many of the original sources are held.
6. There is no formal charge but we appreciate donations which recognise the value of our contribution to your work.
Important information for those using our resource.
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.
Contacts for our genealogy support:
Ken takes the lead on developing the Weardale Museum resources.
Eric provides research for the Weardale resources and additionally will help people with family history enquiries not related to Weardale.
David Heatherington (01388)517433)
David curates the Museum but is available to support family history enquiries.
How to make a donation
Your donations all go towards making the Museum sustainable. They also demonstrate that you value the many hours of work which our volunteers have done in collecting and putting together this resource for the benefit of our visitors.
Where possible we like our donations to be gift aided as the government will give an extra 20% to your donation.
You can only donate by Gift Aid if you are a UK tax payer.
If you are visiting the Museum ask for a Gift Aid form and hand it with your donation to the steward on duty.
If you are researching from a distance please print out the gift aid page and make your cheque payable to "The Weardale Museum",
c/o Ken Heatherington,
We welcome comments from users when they find anolomies or innacuracies in our work and also the addition of information to our resources.