Sunday 30 September 2012

Durham Records Online update

What's New at Durham Records Online (

Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1863-1878
2,856 baptisms on the Shotley Bridge Primitive Methodist Circuit, covering 1863-1878, plus a few from January 1879.

Methodist preachers traveled around a circuit of villages, baptizing children at each meeting location, making notes of each baptism and later entering the baptisms into the register. The entries are not in chronological order, and several years of entries may be mixed together.

Newcastle All Saints baptisms 1822-1826
3,587 baptisms at Newcastle All Saints in Northumberland, from the Bishop’s Transcript.

Hartlepool Old Cemetery (Spion Kop) burials 1931-1997
2,230 burials at Hartlepool Old Cemetery, also known as Borough Cemetery, Hart Warren, and Spion Kop, covering 1931-1997.

This concludes our coverage of the burial registers of Hartlepool Old Cemetery. We have transcribed 26,367 burials from the opening of this cemetery in 1856 to the last known interment in 1997, to aid the research of people with Hartlepool ancestry. Shortly we hope to add the registers of West Hartlepool North Cemetery, the tiny Jewish cemetery adjacent to Spion Kop, West View Cemetery, and later, Stranton Grange Cemetery.

Chester-le-Street baptism index updated with full details for 1744-1789
Replaced the Chester-le-Street baptism index for 1744-1789 with full entries so those 9,794 baptisms are now instantly available, including 9 new records we missed the first time around.

Witnesses added to marriages 1813-1837 at Billingham, Bishop Middleham, Bishopton, Brancepeth, and Egglescliffe
Added 2,145 witnesses to 776 existing marriages in the period 1813-1837 at Billingham, Bishop Middleham, Bishopton, Brancepeth, and Egglescliffe. Also added all missing details: whether the marriages were by banns or licence, a few occupations and marital statuses, and corrected a few minor spelling errors in names and place names.

Coming soon:
Newcastle All Saints burials 1828-1836 and marriages 1830-1836
Burials at Hartlepool West View Cemetery 1911-1929
Marriage witnesses at Bishopwearmouth 1813-1816
Heworth marriages 1896-1908
South Shields St Hilda burials 1798-1812

Further down the road: records from Tynemouth, Earsdon, Hexham, Etherley, Sacriston, Lumley

Come find those elusive ancestors !

(With thanks to Holly Cochran)


Scottish Research Online - 5 weeks online Pharos course, £45.99, taught by Chris Paton from 26 SEP 2012 - see
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