375 birth records of the Society of Friends (Quakers), covering 1775-1793. The Society of Friends records covered all of County Durham, southern Northumberland, and North Yorkshire. Typically, a Quaker birth record includes the birth date, parents, and witnesses to the birth, who may be relatives of the parents. For example:
- Ann Kitching, of Darlington, born 15 Jan 1776, daughter of William (weaver) & Ann Kitching
Witnesses to the Birth: Ann Arrowsmith (midwife), Deborah Kitching, Ruth Kitching
- Joseph King, of St.Andrew’s, Newcastle upon Tyne, born 21 Oct 1787, son of Joseph (agent) & Mary King
Witnesses to the Birth: George Grieve, Agnes Harrison
- Hugh Shaw, of Tewhitmyres in the parish of Crossgate, born 12 May 1787, son of John & Eleanor Shaw
Witnesses to the Birth: Thomas Salkeld (surgeon)
- Hannah Wetherall, of Crathorne, Yorkshire, born 8 Aug 1787, daughter of Richard & Mary Wetherall
Witnesses to the Birth: William Weddell (surgeon), Mary Flounders
Because these records are not limited to a civil registration district, they will show up as Durham Diocese District, which is not technically correct, but it does describe the geographical area fairly well. If you limit your search by specifying a particular District, these records will not show up.
These records are not indexed by the IGI nor by any other online source that we know of, so this is the first time they will reach a wide audience. Perhaps your ancestors were Quakers and you don’t know it yet !