Durham Family History

This page on the Local Family History section of our website was launched to assist Family History Researchers and Genealogists in the county of Durham, England UK in tracing lost ancestors and relatives. We hope this page helps you, these are some of the local family history resources available:

Northumberland and Durham Family History Society

This society includes the county of Northumberland in its membership and area. It is a very popular society with many branches in Alnwick, Belford, Blyth, Belmont (Durham), Hexham, London, Newcastle, Pegswood (Morpeth), North Shields and South Shields. It was created in 1975 and provides many services for a modest annual fee for membership. A Quarterly Journal is available, help is available for research and the society holds a wide range of publications for consultation and for sale. There is free access to Findmypast and Ancestry family history records in the Percy House centre. The why join ndfhs page of their website lists a lot of the resources that are available to members.

Durham Record Office

This service was established in 1961 and holds records of the present county of Durham and Darlington, and the historical county of Durham pre-1974 that was located between the Rivers Tyne and Tees. Their archives span from around 1122 to the present, occupying 6.5km of shelving at present.

Births, marriages and burials

The following links are from the FindMyPast website and our useful in your research in the region:

Northumberland and Durham Baptisms
– Research your ancestor’s name and his/her parents name together with other detailed information in these baptismal records in the Durham county.
Northumberland and Durham Marriages
– Details of marriages centuries before civil registrations were around, these records span four centuries.
Northumberland and Durham Burials
– Details of burial records in Durham including any relevant information.
Northumberland and Durham Memorial Inscriptions
– Records in this database include the detailed full inscription on your ancestors burial monumental including any names and dates.

Durham Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers provide an invaluable information resource for Family Historians.  Information can often be found that is not so easily available in Parish Records, or Censuses.  We are able to provide a direct link to Durham Newspaper Archives below, from a variety of newspapers – covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Durham Newspapers and time periods covered:

British Newspaper Archives holds news and records from a range of newspapers in the Durham county:

Local newspaper recordsRecord year
Durham Chronicle 1824-1831
1834-1855
1857-1863
1868
1903
Durham County Advertiser 1814-1870
1872-1887
1889-1910
Jarrow Express 1873-1920
Hartlepool Free Press and General Advertiser 1860
Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail 1878-1954
1956-1957
Northern Echo 1870
1873-1897
1899-1900
South Durham & Cleveland Mercury 1877
Teesdale Mercury 1855-1870