If you have ancestors who lived in County Durham in the north east of England and are having a hard time finding them in the bigger corporate databases, the Durham Records Online database is likely to have high quality information.

All the transcription is done by people who are familiar with County Durham historic family and place names. They pay attention to fine details. For example, when handwriting is questionable, the staff cross-checks the names against other censuses and parish records and are likely to be more accurate than some of the larger genealogy companies.

If you’ve been having difficulty locating some of your ancestors, the following new records have been added to Durham Online:

South Hetton baptisms 1853-1873 updated with occupations, abodes, birth dates

We have updated 1,612 baptisms at South Hetton Holy Trinity from 1853 to 1873 inclusive with the abodes and father’s occupations, added birth dates where we had missed them, and made corrections. If a major change, such as a name change, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction. Otherwise, if you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the father’s occupation and abode (and possibly the child’s birth date) and to see if any minor changes in spelling were made. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases.

Hurworth baptisms & burials 1841-1885; we have 1,000,000+ baptisms now!

At Hurworth All Saints in Darlington district, from the Bishop’s Transcript:

  • 1,883 baptisms from April 1841 where we had left off before, to the end of 1885
  • 1,280 burials covering 1842-1885

Abodes mentioned include Black Banks, Brass Castle, Close House, Cold Comfort, Creebeck, Croft, Darlington, Dinsdale, Eryholme, Fighting Cocks, Hall Farm, High Rockcliff, Hilton House, Hunger Hill, Hurworth, Hurworth Grange, Hurworth Moor, Hurworth Place, Lane End, Neasham, Neasham Abbey, Neasham Hall, Neasham Moor, Newbus Grange, Newbus Lodge, Pilmore, Railway Cottages, Rose Villa, Round Hill, Skip Bridge, and Springs.

Gateshead burials 1837-1840; maps & images of Gateshead in the past

1,453 burials at Gateshead St. Mary covering 1837-1840, bringing our burial collection to the same ending year as our baptism collection. These are from the Bishop’s Transcript.

Abodes mentioned besides Gateshead include Gateshead Fell, Gosforth, Heworth, Longbenton, Whickham, and the Newcastle parishes of All Saints, St. Andrew, St. John, and St. Nicholas.

South Shields St. Hilda burials 1798-1812

5,508 burials at South Shields St. Hilda, covering 1798-1812 inclusive. This is the wonderful period in which many details are given, such as the maiden surname of mothers and deceased married woman, occupations of men, and in many cases, cause of death.

Abodes are not often mentioned in this period, but the abodes that are mentioned include the Poor House, Barnes, Boldon, Newcastle, North Shields, Scarbrough, South Shields, Sunderland, Westoe, and Woodhorn. Many sailors passed through this port, so there were unfortunate drowned souls who hailed from the Orkneys, Hamburg, Sweden, Yarmouth, Montrose, Hull, London, and Aberdeen.

This data set filled a gap we had, so we now have a continuous block of burials at this church from 1763 through 1855.

Earsdon baptisms & burials 1762-1772

963 baptisms and 745 burials at Earsdon St. Alban in Tynemouth district, Northumberland, covering 1762-1772, from a combination of the Bishop’s Transcript and the parish register.

Abodes mentioned include Backworth, Baulkwell, Briarden, Burradon, Dairy House, Earsdon, Fountain Head, Golden’s Hole or Gowden’s Hole, Halliwell (Holywell), Hartley, Hartley Engine, Hartley Pans, High Murton, Holystone House, Killingworth, Link House, Look Out, Lysdon, Mare Close, Monkseaton, Moor Edge, Murton, New  York, Newcastle, Newsham, North Shields, Preston, Rake House, Seaton, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Sluice, Seghill, Shiremoor, Silver Hill, South Blyth, The Lodge, Tynemouth, Wallsend, Whitley, Whitridge or Whiteridge, and Willington.

You’ll also find:

  • Blaydon Cemetery burials 1873-1998 (consecrated section)
  • Blaydon Cemetery burials 1873-1906 (unconsecrated section)
  • West Hartlepool St. Oswald baptisms 1892-1894

Click on Durham Records Online to learn more.


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