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Durham, England : Classification : Parish Records


Parish Registers were instigated by Cromwell from 1538, recording every wedding, baptism and burial. There are gaps in the records for a variety of reasons, such as the civil war, but these records are a prime source for building family trees. From 1597 a copy of the records had to be made and sent to the Bishop. Sometimes the Bishops' Transcript may contain more information than the original, so it can often be worthwhile tracking down both. For more information on Parish Registers there is a brief history on the Wikipedia Parish Register page.

After 1837 Civil Registration was introduced and the Local BMD and GRO BMD records become the primary source.

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Classification:GRO BMD, Births, Deaths, Marriages, National, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates - BMD Index
Link:Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates - BMD Index
Description:Complete GRO indexes online & Non-Parochial BMDs service. Includes overseas BMD's for armed forces.
Extra Info:Includes Pre-1837 Non-Conformist BMDs
Classification:GRO BMD, Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Deaths, Marriages, National, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials
Title:Find My Past - BMD's, Censuses, Parish Records and More
Link:Find My Past - BMD's, Censuses, Parish Records and More
Description:Find My Past - BMD's, Censuses, Parish Records and More
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:ATTRILL Family History
Link:http://www.attrill.info/
Description:ATTRILL Family History
Extra Info:A resource for all those searching for ATTRILL ancestors.
Classification:Banns, Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials, Wills / Probate
Title:BAALHAM Resource Centre
Link:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~...
Description:BAALHAM Resource Centre and One Name Study
Extra Info:Mainly around Suffolk.
Classification:Baptisms, Parish Records
Title:Baptisms - England and Wales Christening Records
Link:England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906
Description:England and Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906
Extra Info:Not complete.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:BOYD Family and Information Centre
Link:http://web.archive.org/web/20120716201636/http://c...
Description:BOYD Family and Information Centre
Extra Info:This is an archived copy of the website. Most features appear to work. There may be some delay in loading.
Classification:Banns, Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:CLUETT / CLEWETT Records and One Name Study
Link:http://www.cluett.org.uk/
Description:CLUETT / CLEWETT Records and One Name Study
Extra Info:Part way down the home page is the Search link.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:CREE One Name Study
Link:http://www.cree.name/
Description:CREE One Name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:DALTON Data Bank and One Name Study
Link:http://www.daltondatabank.org/
Description:DALTON Data Bank and One Name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:DEBENHAM Family History
Link:http://www.debenham.org.uk/
Description:DEBENHAM Family History
Extra Info:DEBENHAM and DEBNAM family history.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:DIBDEN One Name Study
Link:http://www.angelfire.com/ar3/dibden_onename/
Description:DIBDEN One Name Study, Including Variants
Extra Info:Many references to the DIBDEN name.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials
Title:DOIG and Variants One Name Study
Link:http://www.doig.net/
Description:DOIG and Variants One Name Study
Extra Info:Including Doig, Doige, Doigg, Doeg and Doegg
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials, Wills / Probate
Title:DRING Family History
Link:http://www.sussexbarn.com/dring/index.htm
Description:DRING Family History
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:DUGMORE's of the Past
Link:http://www.ancestorsofbirmingham.com/dugmore/dugmo...
Description:DUGMORE's of the Past
Extra Info:DUGMORE's family name, mainly concentrated in the Midlands area.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Durham County Data from Ancestry
Link:Durham County Data from Ancestry
Description:Durham County Data Collection from Ancestry
Extra Info:Includes parish register extracts; St. Mary's Church Gateshead, Durham, England, Burials, 1750-1886; Chapel of Esh registers
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Durham Images
Link:http://www.durham-images.org/
Description:Durham Images - Parish Registers and Cemetery Plans
Extra Info:Includes some parish registers for Sunderland, Penshaw, Bishopwearmouth, Southwick, Monkwearmouth and Grangetown. Also cemetery information and plans for more places.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Obituaries, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:DUXBURY Family History
Link:http://www.duxburymk.net/
Description:DUXBURY Family History
Extra Info:Scroll down for indexes.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:DYSON Family of Worcestershire
Link:http://www.dyson-family-of-worcestershire.co.uk/
Description:DYSON Family of Worcestershire
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials
Title:EARDLEY Family Genealogy Resources
Link:https://web.archive.org/web/20150813093905/http://...
Description:EARDLEY Family Genealogy Resources
Extra Info:An archived copy of the site. Most information still seems to be accessible.
Classification:GRO BMD, Census, Parish Records, Pedigrees, Visitations
Title:England Data from Ancestry
Link:England Data from Ancestry
Description:England Data Collection from Ancestry
Extra Info:Includes 1861-1901 Censuses; 1837-2005 GRO BMD; visitations and other records.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:Family History Books via Family Search
Link:http://books.familysearch.org/primo_library/libweb...
Description:Family History Books via Family Search
Extra Info:More than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. Read online for free. Includes some parish register transcripts.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:Family History Notebook
Link:http://www.fivenine.co.uk/family_history_notebook/
Description:Family History Notebook - Selected Records from Many Counties
Classification:Baptisms, Bishops Transcripts, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:Family Search Records Collection - England
Link:Family Search Records Collection - England
Description:Family Search Records Collection - England
Extra Info:An increasing number of records, including census and parish records.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Family Search Records Collection - Worldwide
Link:Family Search Records Collection - Worldwide
Description:Family Search Records Collection - Worldwide
Extra Info: Includes the England and Wales 1841 & 1861 Census, and foreign records, such as the American cenus that contains Britons who were aboard.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:FE(A)THERSTON((E)HAUGH) One Name Study
Link:http://www.featherstone.org/
Description:FE(A)THERSTON((E)HAUGH) One Name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, National, Parish Records
Title:FreeReg Project
Link:FreeReg Project
Description:Transcriptions for Parish Registers
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:HEMMINGWAY One Name Study
Link:http://www.hemingway.uk.com/
Description:HEMMINGWAY One Name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:HOGGARTH Genealogy
Link:http://www.hoggarth.co.uk/
Description:HOGGARTH Genealogy
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:HOLLINGWORTH One Name Study
Link:http://web.archive.org/web/20110611071735/http://h...
Description:HOLLINGWORTH One Name Study
Extra Info:An archived copy of the site -most information still seems to be available. HOLLINGWORTH and variations.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, Parish Records
Title:Internet Archive
Link:http://archive.org/
Description:Internet Archive
Extra Info:Has many scanned books and parish registers. Click on texts and then search the archive. Note baptism and baptisms give different results. Also try parish records.
Classification:Banns, Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:JEBBETT/JEBBITT Genealogy
Link:http://www.moonroller.com/jebbitt/
Description:JEBBETT/JEBBITT Genealogy
Extra Info:Lots of data categorised by year.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:JONES History Website of the UK
Link:http://www.joneshistory.com/
Description:The Jones History Website of the UK
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:JOWETT and Variations One Name Study
Link:http://www.jowitt1.org.uk/
Description:JOWETT and Variations One Name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:KEELER Genealogy Website
Link:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~...
Description:KEELER Genealogy Website
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:KITNEY and KIDNEY Family Genealogy
Link:http://web.archive.org/web/20140527190335/http://k...
Description:KITNEY and KIDNEY Family Genealogy
Extra Info:An archived copy of the site. Most information is still available to view. Be patient, some pages (especially census) make take a while to download.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:LANCHBURY / LAINCHBURY
Link:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~...
Description:LANCHBURY / LAINCHBURY
Extra Info:Mainly in Oxfordshire. Also census for other towns in Buckinghamshire - all surnames.
Classification:Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Marriage Index - The Joiner Marriage Index
Link:http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/
Description:Marriage Database for Northern England
Classification:Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Marriages - England and Wales
Link:England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940
Description:England and Wales Marriages, 1538-1940
Extra Info:Not complete.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:NETHERWOOD One Name Study
Link:http://www.netherwood.name/
Description:NETHERWOOD One Name Study
Extra Info:Click on resources.
Classification:Banns, Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Deaths, Marriages, National, Parish Records
Title:Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial BMDs
Link:http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/affiliate/?affid=z...
Description:Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial BMDs from the National Archive, hosted by The Genealogist
Extra Info:They include the birth records at Dr Williams' Library in London, hospital records of maternity, overseas registrations for British citizens and those on board ships.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Nonconformist Register - Northowram of Coley Register
Link:http://archive.org/details/nonconformistreg00byuhe...
Description:Nonconformist Register - Northowram or Coley Register 1644-1752
Extra Info:Online book. Parish Registers 1584-1620. Index of surnames and place names at end of book.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:Open Library
Link:http://openlibrary.org/
Description:Open Library - Scanned Books Online
Extra Info:Includes full images of many books of transcribed parish registers. Use the search facility and select e books only. Can also search within book text easily.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials, Wills / Probate
Title:ORMEROD Family Website
Link:http://www.ormerod.uk.net/index.htm
Description:ORMEROD Family Website
Extra Info:OMEROD and variants such as ORMEROID.
Classification:Parish Records
Title:Parish Register - William Bradock's Guide 1910
Link:http://archive.org/details/parishregister00braduof...
Description:Parish Register - William Bradock's Guide 1910
Extra Info:Online book. It explains that start of parish registers and other associated items, such as Phillimore marriages, Hardwicke's marriage act, banns, explanation of register entries, foundlings, as well as some interesting register extracts.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers for Durham and More from Durham Records Online
Link:http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com
Description:Durham Records Online - Parish Records and Censuses
Extra Info:Several updates each month so keep checking back to the site.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Castle Eden, Durham
Link:http://archive.org/details/registersofcastl00robi
Description:Parish Registers of Castle Eden, Durham
Extra Info:Online book. Published 1914. Baptisms 1661-1812, marriages 1698-1794 and burials 1696-1812.
Classification:Banns, Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Conscliffe, Durham
Link:http://archive.org/details/registersofconsc00coniu...
Description:Parish Registers of Conscliffe, Durham
Extra Info:Online book. Published 1908. Baptisms 1590-1812, marriages 1590-1812 and burials 1591-1812.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Durham - St. Giles - Extracts
Link:http://archive.org/details/memorialsstgile00englgo...
Description:Parish Registers of Durham - St. Giles - Extracts
Extra Info:Online book. Includes extracts of registers for 1584-1749.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Durham Cathedral, Durham
Link:http://archive.org/details/publicationshar18socigo...
Description:Parish Registers of Durham Cathedral, Durham
Extra Info:Online book. Registers 1608-1896.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Esh Chapel, in the Parish of Lanchester
Link:Parish Registers of Esh Chapel, in the parish of Lanchester
Description:Parish Registers of Esh Chapel, in the Parish of Lanchester
Extra Info:Registers cover the perod 1567 to 1812.
Classification:Burials / Cremations, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Gateshead, St. Mary's Church
Link:Parish Registers of St. Mary's Church Gateshead
Description:Parish Registers of Gateshead, St. Mary's Church (Ancestry)
Extra Info:Burials covering the period 1750-1907, even though the title suggests a more restricted coverage.
Classification:Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Ryton, Durham
Link:http://archive.org/details/theregistersofry00ryto
Description:Parish Registers of Ryton, Durham
Extra Info:Online book. Marriage registers 1581-1812.
Classification:Banns, Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Parish Registers of Seaham, Durham
Link:http://archive.org/details/registersofseaha00wood
Description:Parish Registers of Seaham, Durham
Extra Info:Online book. Published 1910. Baptisms 1646-1812, marriages 1652-1812 and burials 1653-1812.
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:PORRITT / PRISSICK / PETTY / HOULT / HAMILTON Families
Link:http://www.davekinggenealogy.co.uk/
Description:PORRITT / PRISSICK / PETTY / HOULT / HAMILTON Families
Extra Info:Mainly in and around Yorkshire and the North East.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:POULTON Web - Also MELLOR, WHITE, TWEED and Associated Families
Link:http://www.thanksfrank.co.uk/
Description:POULTON Web - Also MELLOR, WHITE, TWEED and Associated Families
Extra Info:Many names and places included on this site. The name index also indicates records for that name.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records
Title:POWIS Surname and variants One-name Study
Link:http://www.4trudy.co.uk/
Description:POWIS Surname and variants One-name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:PREECE One Name Study
Link:http://www.preecefamilyhistory.co.uk/
Description:PREECE One Name Study
Extra Info:Mainly around Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester and Somerset areas
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:RAMSDALE Family Register
Link:http://www.ramsdale.org/
Description:RAMSDALE Family Register
Extra Info:Includes variants Ramsdall, Ramsdal, Ramsdell, Ramsdill and Ramsdaille.
Classification:Baptisms, Census, Marriages, Parish Records
Title:Romany References and Records
Link:http://web.archive.org/web/20091026134802/http://g...
Description:Romany References and Records
Extra Info:This is an archived copy of a site that is no longer active, although most information still seems to be available.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:SEDGWICK Genealogy
Link:http://www.sedgwickuk.org/
Description:SEDGWICK Genealogy
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:SERCOMBE, SIRCOMBE, SURCOMBE, or SIRCOM One Name study
Link:http://www.mit.edu/~dfm/genealogy/sercombe.html
Description:A Compilation of SERCOMBE Families
Extra Info:Scroll down to sources of information.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:STERRY One Name Study
Link:http://www.sterryworldwide.com/
Description:STERRY One Name Study
Extra Info:Includes extracts from civil registration, parish records and marriage licences.
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials
Title:STONER Genealogical Databases
Link:http://www.stoner.org.uk/
Description:STONER Genealogical Databases
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials, Wills / Probate
Title:STRANGE, STRAINGE and Variants One Name Study
Link:http://www.yourtotalevent.com/people/idxpepl.htm
Description:STRANGE and STRAINGE Family History
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:SWINBURN(E) Family History Site
Link:http://webspace.webring.com/people/au/um_7035/
Description:SWINBURN(E) Family History Site
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, Monumental Inscriptions, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials
Title:WANLESS Web - A One Name Study
Link:http://www.wanlessweb.org/TNG/index.php
Description:WANLESS Web - A One Name Study of the surnames surnames Wanless, Wandless, Wanlass, Wandlass, Wanliss, and Wanlace
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Census, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, War Memorials & Other Memorials, Wills / Probate
Title:WESTAWAY One Name Study
Link:http://westawayfamily.co.uk/
Description:WESTAWAY One Name Study
Classification:Baptisms, Burials / Cremations, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Pedigrees, Wills / Probate
Title:YARKER Family Genealogy
Link:YARKER Family Genealogy
Description:YARKER Family Genealogy also Some LEYBURN and LEYBOURNE Family References
Extra Info:Relating to the Counties of Durham and Yorkshire
Classification:Baptisms, Births, Burials / Cremations, Census, Deaths, Marriages, One Name Study, Parish Records, Wills / Probate
Title:YEO Society and One Name Study
Link:http://www.yeosociety.com/
Description:YEO Society and One Name Study

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