WEST DURHAM DATABASE

This Database was devised and compiled as a research aid which will be of use to family historians as it provides a unique opportunity to find missing links.

Parish registers being the original records are properly protected. Films can be viewed at the Durham County Records Office. Many of the registers have been indexed and a few have been fully transcribed (usually up to 1812) and printed in book form - copies are held at Record Offices and main libraries. The International Genealogical Index (IGI), available for viewing at many libraries &c., was compiled using films of most of the original registers and is a good starting point. As it is an index there will be much more information contained in the registers and it does not include burials, which are a valuable source of information.

You may eventually need to visit the area or County Record Office to view the filmed registers. This is inconvenient if you live at some distance. This Database could save you the expense and hours of searching.

Consider the following ...

  1. Are you searching for a baptism, marriage, or burial ?
  2. Was the event possibly held in the County, west of Durham City ?
  3. Did the event take place before 1852 ?

... If any of your answers were `Yes` this Database could solve your problem.

AREA

The Database covers the following ecclesiastical parish churches and chapelries, as they existed in 1851 :-

Lanchester, Collierley, Tanfield, Medomsley, Benfieldside, Ebchester, Hunstanworth, Muggleswick, Edmundbyers, Satley, Esh, Heathery Cleugh, St.John`s Chapel in Weardale, Stanhope, Wolsingham, Thornley-by-Wolsingham, Forest & Frith, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Eggleston, Ryton, Whickham, Winlaton, Stella, Chester-le-Street, Birtley, Pelton, Witton Gilbert.

All `non-conformist` churches and chapels within the above parishes are also included. This Area represents about one half of the County.

CONTENTS

Transcripts include baptisms, marriages, and burials from the earliest entries up to December 1851. With over 750,000 transcribed events no other area in the country has been so comprehensively covered. Banns of marriages and names of witnesses or testators may not be included.

There are many thousands of references to names, places, and events within the Area, extracted from various sources such as Marriage Bonds, Wills, Memorial Inscriptions, and Census Returns. There is also a very large collection of records from registers and other sources from outside the Database Area, where people are noted as having a connection with the Area.

ENQUIRIES

Enquiries must be for a Baptism, Marriage, or Burial. Simply provide any background information and the estimated year of the event. The fee is 4 (stirling) for each enquiry. Payment must be by cheque, the appropriate amount to be forwarded with the enquiry.

All registers in the Database will be searched. If this fails to find the event all other records in the Database will be searched. If there is no record anywhere in the Database you can reasonably eliminate this Area from further searching. Given the condition of earlier registers however, no guarantee can be given as to the content or accuracy of the Database.

If you require further information phone, e-mail, or write ...

  • Tel : 01207 520 596
  • E-mail : ron.nubley@virgin.net Send
  • Post : Ron Nubley, 66 Alderside Crescent, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0PZ, England.