Monday, 25 April 2016

Durham Records Online additions

New records available at Durham Records Online (

Mere Knolls Western Extension burials 1921-1939
9,390 burials in the Western Extension of Mere Knolls Cemetery in Fulwell, Sunderland, County Durham, spanning 1921-1939.

Hartlepool St. Hilda monument inscriptions
Approximately 467 monument inscriptions in the churchyard of Hartlepool St. Hilda, based on the state of the churchyard in 1952, with death dates running from 1746 to 1925.

St. John Lee marriages 1813-1837
297 marriages at St. John Lee in Hexham district, Northumberland, from the beginning of 1813 to the end of 1837

Pittington baptisms 1574-1650 & marriages 1574-1812 updated
Alerted by some recently-discovered errors and omissions, we went over our earliest Pittington St. Laurence (Durham district) baptisms and marriages, rechecking them all against the parish registers. We checked 920 baptisms covering 1574-1650 and 1,085 marriages covering 1574-1812. These are some of our oldest transcripts, and we have made numerous corrections. Abodes and 482 marriage witnesses, which started appearing in 1754, were added. Some marriages were converted to marriage banns, as the banns were called at Pittington but the marriage did not actually occur there.

We discovered 96 baptisms that had been missed, with the bulk of these (84) between 1611 and 1620. We also realized we were missing all 83 marriages between 1655 and 1678, plus we found an additional 16 missing marriages sprinkled across various years. So if you're looking for somebody who might have been born or married at Pittington, and you previously couldn't find them, you might want to run another search.

Coming Soon:
1851 Gateshead census
Sherburn Hospital baptisms & burials
Newcastle St. John baptisms & burials

Further down the queue: Newburn, Southwick baptisms, Darlington Friends Burial Ground, more Methodist records, Durham St. Nicholas baptisms & marriages 1540-1700, Durham St. Giles baptisms & marriages 1584-1700, Slaley, Mere Knolls 1940+, Newcastle St Andrew, Heddon on the Wall

(With thanks to Durham Records Online)


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