The Weardale Museum


Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD

01388 517433

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Our 'Weardale People' database will save you many hours of painstaking work when you come to look for original sources.

Information about the resources for which we hold data

The Family history database is a powerful resource containing information and relationships on over 60,000 people and 400 interconnected families.


You cannot access the database on the internet, but if you are not able to come to the museum yourself we are happy to conduct the search for you. [see Research from  Distance]


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


The gallery below illustrates the index for finding people, a family page, pictorial ancestry charts and descendancy trees etc, together with notes containing associated supporting data.


Click on an image to open this gallery.

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.

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WOW!  and John Philipson: is just one example from the 60,000 available

The basic information you need to use the database are the subject's surname and forenames and their approximate date of birth. If you know their surname and where they lived you might first have to look at our census information.

Links to other sites Our database can display ready made ancestor trees for printing

Click here to View a Youtube demonstration of the database.


N.B. The database is not available online