Sunday 25 March 2012

Durham records update

The latest releases on Durham Records Online (

South Shields baptisms 1763-1797
8,689 baptisms at South Shields St. Hilda, covering 1763-1797. These are mostly from the Bishop’s Transcript, with short gaps filled in from the parish register and lots of checking against the parish register. Mar 1768-Mar 1770 is entirely from the register. Interestingly, there were several cases where the Bishop’s Transcript gave more information than the original register; some of these are shown below. There were also a few discrepancies, which we have noted.

Hartlepool Old Cemetery (Spion Kop) burials 1856-1869
3,775 burials at Hartlepool Old Cemetery, also known as Borough Cemetery, Hart Warren, and Spion Kop), from the cemetery opening in 1856 to the end of 1869.
Because these are municipal cemetery records rather than church burial records, they present many more genealogically useful details. Many of these burial provide the occupation of the deceased, or a parent or spouse and their occupations. Some give information about how or where the person died. Unfortunately, many of the names of parents or spouses were truncated to initials by the cemetery clerk.

Marriage bonds 1760-1764 updated with full details
Replaced the index to marriage bonds in the years 1760-1764 with full details, so those 1,886 records are now instantly available, including 1 new bond that we missed the first time around and 6 bonds from 1759 whose details didn’t get added in our last update because they were in the 1760 bundle.

Coming in April:
  • Aycliffe baptisms & burials 1813-1877
  • amendments to Robinson's Lane baptisms 1727-1797
  • Auckland St. Andrew baptisms & burials 1820-1851
  • Penshaw baptisms & burials 1831-1835
  • South Shields burials 1763-1797
  • Bishop Auckland Wesleyan Methodist Circuit baptisms 1838-1962
(With thanks to Holly Cochran)


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