At the Weardale Museum we have a unique and powerful family history resource - data from censuses, parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials, gravestone inscriptions, wills, newspaper extracts, and many other local sources have been brought together into our formidable genealogical database, “Weardale People”, which we run on a well known commercial family history program, and which currently contains almost 50,000 individuals, from some 300 Weardale families, whose relationships can be displayed as ancestor charts or descendant trees.
The record files from which this database was compiled – the censuses, parish records, gravestone inscriptions, etc – being in spread-sheet format, are themselves readily computer-searchable, and constitute powerful research tools in their own right, not only for genealogical purposes, but also for social history studies – population trends, house ownership, occupations, etc.
“What a fantastic resource !
I typed in my grandfather’s name and had his family tree in minutes”
Our database and record files concentrate specifically on Weardale and, with minor exceptions, do not extend beyond the ancient parishes of Stanhope and Wolsingham.
All of our stewards are volunteers, not all of whom have computer skills, so if help and guidance is required to navigate and examine the computer files, we strongly advise you to make an appointment with one of our expert helpers. (See contacts below)
For those visitors who are not comfortable with computers, we hold many of our records in printed paper format.
If you are planning to visit the area for a few days see our page on Accommodation
The Trustees of the Weardale Museum are grateful to the Friends and supporters who have gathered this information and for giving their permission to share it with other family history researchers and to Durham Record Office where many of the original sources are held.
Research from a distance
If you are unable to visit the museum we can conduct a search for you. To help us with our search please provide as much information as you can.
There are no formal charges but donations are appreciated for this service.
For more information or to request help with your family tree contact: