Hotts, Ireshopeburn, Bishop Auckland, DL13 1HD
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.
Durham County Record Office is based in County Hall in Durham city. It collects and preserves the records from the present County Durham and the historic county of Durham (before 1974) between the Rivers Tyne and Tees. There are detailed catalogues available to view in the search room or fully searchable online at www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk.
Durham University Library
The University library contains diocesan, family and antiquarian collections dating from medieval to modern times and covers both County Durham and Northumberland, as well as certain parts of neighbouring counties. The collections include:
Bishop’s transcriptsProbate (pre-1858)
Marriage LicencesTithe and Estate records
City Guild Records
See their website http://familyrecords.dur.ac.uk/ for more information.
Durham County Registrar
Copies of certificates of registration of births, deaths and marriages may be obtained from Durham County Registrar. Some indexes are online e.g.
•Marriage indexes: 1837-2012
•Death indexes: 1991-2012
See website for details, www.durham.gov.uk/Registrars
Durham County Council Libraries
Look at the libraries web page to get information on local libraries that have collections on local history and to find out their opening times. http://www.durham.gov.uk/libraries
Northumberland and Durham Family History Society
The Society has a Research Centre at Percy House in Newcastle with a library and search room. It has over 1200 family trees that have been donated by Members and are available in the library at Percy House.
There is a large collection of Monumental Inscriptions transcripts.
See their website for a more information http://www.ndfhs.org.uk/
Other regional record offices are:
Tyne and Wear Archives, www.tyneandweararchives.org.uk/
Berwick on Tweed, www.experiencewoodhorn.com/berwick-record/
Teesside Archives, www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/teessidearchives
Cumbria Archive Service, www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives/
North Yorks Record Office, https://archivesunlocked.northyorks.gov.uk/
Durham Records Online holds almost 3,500,000 parish and census records with over 8,500,000 names from Durham and Northumberland. It is fully searchable and is adding new records all the time. It is particularly useful for pre civil registration baptisms, marriages and burials. It is not a free site but offers various packages for payment www.durhamrecordsonline.com
There are many websites offering differing types and levels of information and help; some are free to access and for others a payment or subscription is needed.
Some of the main free sites Sites requiring payment