Durham Family History

  • Durham Parish Records
  • Sunderland Burial Records
    The Sunderland cemetery index has thousands of burial and cemetery records for you to view. Viewing records is free. However, if you’d like a picture of a headstone, there’s a small charge for it.

    You can view records from the following cemeteries:

    Bishopwearmouth Cemetery Index
    Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, Chester Road, Sunderland. One of the larger Cemeteries in Sunderland.
    Now includes Jewish part of the Cemetery.
    Castletown Cemetery Index
    Castletown Cemetery, Hylton Castle Road, Sunderland. A smaller Cemetery, located on the North side of the River Wear.
    Harraton, St George (Fatfield) Index
    St George’s Church, Vigo Lane, Harraton, Washington. A small village Church Cemetery.
    Holy Trinity Parish Church Index
    Holy Trinity Parish Church, East End, Sunderland Built in 1719, it no longer has headstones in the churchyard.
    Mere Knolls Cemetery Index
    Mere Knolls Cemetery, Torver Crescent, Fulwell, Sunderland. A large cemetery in the North of Sunderland.
    Penshaw, All Saints Church Index
    All Saints Church Penshaw, Penshaw Lane, Sunderland.
    Ryhope Cemetery Index
    Ryhope Cemetery, Burdon Lane, Ryhope, Sunderland.
    Seaham, St John Cemetery Index
    Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Seaham
    Seaham, St Mary Cemetery Index
    The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, Old Seaham
    Silksworth, St Leonard Cemetery Index
    St Leonard’s Cemetery, Tunstall Village Road, New Silksworth, Sunderland.
    Silksworth, St Matthew Cemetery Index
    St Matthews Cemetery, Silksworth Road, New Silksworth, Sunderland.
    Southwick Cemetery Index
    Southwick Cemetery, Wembley Road, Southwick Sunderland.
    Southwick, Holy Trinity Cemetery Index
    Holy Trinity Church, Church Bank, Southwick, Sunderland.
    Sunderland Cemetery Index
    Sunderland Cemetery, Ryhope Road, Grangetown, Sunderland.
    West Herrington, St. Aidan’s Churchyard Index
    St Aidan’s Churchyard, Herrington Road, West Herrington.
    West Rainton, St Mary Church Index
    The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Church Row, West Rainton, County Durham.
    Whitburn Burials (1579-1812) Register Index
    Whitburn, Durham
    Whitburn Parish Church Index
    Whitburn Parish Church, Church Ln, Whitburn
    Surrounding Areas

  • Durham Records Online
    Durham Records Online allows you to search for you Durham ancestors in parish records and christenings, confirmations, marriages, burials. There are currently over 3 million records available.
  • Northumberland & Durham Family History Society
    The Northumberland & Durham Family History Society has a research centre in Newcastle where you can search for your family history. There are different branches throughout the region where monthly meetings are held. Anyone can join the society and get help and advice.
  • Tees Valley Indexes
    Tees Valley Indexes refer to the registers of births deaths and marriages held at Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland Register Offices. The four local authorities were the successors of Cleveland County Council, which was dissolved in 1996. This site will to enable you to interrogate the index, so that you may request a certificate of a birth, death or marriage from any of these Register Offices.
  • Stockton Roots
    Search and view birth, death, marriage and burial details for Stockton-on-Tees. Stockton Roots has searchable records, tips and links to other record offices and websites, will be a useful resource for family historians.You can use the Stockton Roots website for the following:

    – Find out which family records are held at Stockton-on-Tees Registration Office
    – Search for Birth, Death, Marriages and Civil Partnership records
    – Search burial records for the Council’s Cemeteries
    – Order copy certificates
    – Order copies of burial entries
    – Find links to other useful family research websites

  • Durham Mining Museum
    Durham Mining Museum covers mining in the Northern part of England i.e. County Durham (DUR), Northumberland (NBL), Cumberland (CUL), Westmorland (WES) and the Ironstone mines of North Yorkshire (NRY). This site also includes lists of coal miners and workers, disaster reports and a photo gallery.
  • Teesdale Mercury Archive
    The Teesdale Mercury Archive has been developed by converting approximately 45,000-microfilmed pages of the Teesdale Mercury into searchable images. These images digitally preserve every page of the newspaper from its first issue in July 1854 until December 2005. The page images may be simply browsed or the page text of the complete archive can be searched for words or phrases.
  • North East Railways WWI Records
    The North East Railways in World War One project has seen a team of volunteers search through the archive at Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum and record over 9,000 railway men who enlisted in the First World War.
  • North East Inheritance Database
    An online database of pre-1858 probate records (wills and related documents), from Northumberland and County Durham.
  • Soldiers of the North East
    The records in this database are the accumulation of more than ten years work by historian Stephen Nicholson. Focusing on his home town of Darlington, Stephen has recorded the details of more than 1,200 soldiers who died in the war and who have some connection with the town.

    The Northern Echo is continuing Stephen’s work as part of its bid to digitise the newspapers from 1914 to 1918. The Northern Echo is currently going through the back copies of the Echo, and its sister paper, the Evening Despatch, which published thousands of stories and photographs about local men going to war. The Northern Echo is scanning those stories and photos and placing them on a second database to run alongside the Nicholson database.