Sunday, 15 June 2014

Durham Records Online update

What's New at Durham Records Online (

Stanley Primitive Methodist Circuit baptisms 1923-1937
2,316 baptisms on the Stanley Primitive Methodist Circuit in Lanchester district from July 1923 to mid-March 1937.

Many towns did not have Methodist churches, so the Primitive Methodist preacher rode around his local circuit, baptizing children as he went, sometimes in chapels, sometimes in homes. The registers are not kept in strictly chronological order. This set includes these books:

Book 10: 1924-1928
Book 11: 1928-1931
Book 12: 1933-1937
Book 17: 1923-1930
Book 18: 1930-1936

Circuits often covered a fairly large geographical area. In this data set, residences mentioned include Annfield Plain, Beamish, Blackhouse, Burnhope, Catchgate, Co-operative Villas, Craghead, East Stanley, Edmondsley, Grange Villa, Greencroft, High Hold, Holmside, New Kyo, Oxhill, Pelton, Pelton Lane Ends, Shield Row, South Moor, South Pontop, Stanley, Tanfield Lea, Tantobie, Twizell, and West Pelton.

Gosforth baptisms & burials 1813-1839, marriages 1813-1836
At Gosforth St. Nicholas in the Castle Ward district in the county of Northumberland – just beyond Newcastle and across the River Tyne from Gateshead in County Durham:

2,255 baptisms covering 1813-1839
1,767 burials covering 1813-1839
791 marriages covering 1813-1836

Tynemouth baptisms 1827-1832
3,941 baptisms at Christ Church in Tynemouth parish, Northumberland, covering 1827-1832.This extends our Tynemouth coverage from 1813 forward.

Earsdon burials 1837-1844 enhanced with more information
A few months ago, we discovered that the Earsdon parish register contained far more information than the Bishop's Transcript did for baptisms and burials, starting in 1837, and in March we updated our Earsdon baptisms accordingly with the new information. We have now updated our existing 1,581 burials covering 1837-1844 at Earsdon St. Alban (and its subsidiary chapel at Blyth) in Tynemouth district. Generally, the following information was added:

for a child: the name and occupation of the father, the name and maiden surname of the mother, the death date
for a married woman: her maiden surname, husband's name and occupation, her death date
for an adult male: his occupation and death date
Sometimes the cause of death was listed if it was unusual or dramatic, such as drowning. We also corrected several minor spelling errors in names or place names.

Viewing Your Purchases
Have you ever accidentally deleted a record that was emailed to you from our site? No problem! Just log in and click My Account (in the upper right-hand corner of the window), then click the My Orders tab. This will bring up a list of all your orders, with the most recent orders at the top. You can re-sort the list by other fields, such as Name (surname) or Category (record type, such as Baptism). Click the View button to the right of any record to review it at no cost. There is also a Hide button, which you can use to hide any records that you don't want to see anymore (perhaps they do not pertain to your family, or you are done researching that branch and want to reduce list clutter.) You can also email a record to yourself with a single click. If a catastrophe has occurred and you have lost all of your records purchased from this site, there is an option at the top of the page to email yourself all of your records in a single email.

Coming Soon:
  • Hurworth
  • Blaydon Cemetery unconsecrated section 1906-1980s
  • Coniscliffe
  • Stranton All Saints

Further down the pike: records from St. John Lee, South Shields St John, Hart Cemetery, Gateshead Wesleyan Methodists, earlier Ponteland & Gosforth records, Egglescliffe, South Shields Presbyterian churches, Hartlepool St James

(With thanks to Durham Records Online)


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