4 million records !

With the last update, Durham Records Online now has 4,000,000 records online! I don’t think we ever thought we’d see that big a number when we started this site 10 years ago with just under 600,000 records from 2 people. Now we have numerous transcribers, researchers for hire, grave photographers, and we have expanded our coverage to include Northumberland and a little bit of Yorkshire.

Over the next year, we plan to keep expanding our coverage of Northumberland, keep working on Durham parishes, and keep adding non-conformist (Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic,etc.) records. Our client research branch continues to grow, with many satisfied customers telling us that we have found records and traced their families successfully after they had been stuck at a “brick wall” for years (sometimes it just takes a fresh pair of experienced eyes to look at a problem, or a different way of thinking about it).

We are grateful to you, our customers, for letting us assist you with your curiosity about your ancestry and your passion for solving mysteries. We admire your patience and perseverance in pursuing your quest. We share all those attributes and look forward to getting the next million records online and continuing to help you find the answers you seek.

Newcastle All Saints baptisms 1831-1834

3,532 baptisms at All Saints church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, covering 1831-1834, from the Bishop’s Transcript with some checking against the original register.

Many County Durham residents worked across the River Tyne in Newcastle or moved back and forth between collieries up and down both sides of the river, so you will find many of the same families who are also found in Gateshead, Hebburn, Jarrow, and other border communities along the Tyne.

Samples:

  • 16 Jan 1831 Jane Marr, of Glasshouses, daughter of Moses (waterman) & Ann Marr
  • 20 Nov 1832 Grace Halliday Scott, of Tyne Street, daughter of Isaac (cordwainer) & Isabella Scott
  • 29 Dec 1834 Anthony Spark Loughton, of Pandon Bank, son of George (weaver) & Ann Loughton

Residences mentioned besides streets in All Saints parish include Ayton Banks, Ballast Hills, Benton, Bigge’s Main, Bill Quay, Bird Nest, Blaydon, Blyth Nook, Brunton, Busy Cottage, Byker (also Byker Bar, Hill, and Old Engine), Carpenter’s Tower, Carr’s Hill, Carville, Cox Lodge, the Cut, Denton Burn, Dents Hole, Dog Bank, Elswick, Fawdon, Felling & Felling Shore, Folly, Gateshead, Gosforth, Hazlerigg, Heaton (and High Heaton and Low Heaton), Hebburn, Hebron (which may mean Hebburn or the Hebron in Northumberland), Hetton, Heworth, High Bridge, Howden, Jarrow, Jesmond, Kenton, Killingworth, Lawson’s Main, Low Bridge, Low Teams, Mount Pleasant, Mushroom, New York near Murton, North Shields, North Shore, Ouseburn, Pandon, Pandon Bank, Pity Me, the Quay, Red Barns, Ridley Villas, Seghill, Sheriff Hill, Shieldfield, Skinner Burn, South Shields, South Shore, St. Anthony’s, St. Lawrence, St. Peter’s and St. Peter’s Quay, Stepney, Stockbridge, Tyne Brewery, Walker, Wall Knoll, Wallsend, West House, Wideopen, Willington, and Wreckington (Wrekenton).

Spring Garden Lane Presbyterian Chapel baptisms 1813-1837

188 baptisms at the Presbyterian Chapel on Spring Garden Lane in Sunderland, covering 1813 to mid-July 1837. Most baptisms include the mother’s maiden surname and the child’s birthdate.

Samples:

  • 18 Jun 1813 Robert Carr, of Sunderland, born 14-Jun 1812, son of Robert Carr (mariner) & Margaret Crighton
  • 14 Feb 1836 John George Reed, of Sunderland, born 25-Jan 1836, son of John Reed (tailor) & Isabella Lonie

Abodes mentioned include Bishopwearmouth, Chatershaugh (Washington parish), Monkwearmouth, Panns, and Sunderland.

 

Houghton-le-Spring marriage witnesses added for 1825-1829

Added 1,002 witnesses to the 441 marriages that occurred in 1825-1829 at Houghton-le-Spring St. Michael & All Angels.

If you have purchased a marriage at Houghton-le-Spring in this period, we recommend you take another look at it to see if anything has been added or changed, and to get the witnesses. You can review your purchased records by logging into Durham Records Online and clicking My Account, then the My Orders tab. If you purchased a record in which a significant error has been corrected, the corrected record has been emailed to you.

Sample:

  • 2 Jun 1829 Thomas Bowman, of Bishopwearmouth married Judith Aird, of this parish, by licence
    Witnesses: John Aird, Joseph Bowman, Mary Bowman, Margaret Walker

South Hetton baptisms 1839-1848 updated with occupations, abodes

Continuing our quest to rectify omissions in our very earliest transcriptions, we have updated 1,274 baptisms at South Hetton Holy Trinity from 1839 to 1848 inclusive with the abodes and father’s occupations, and made a few corrections. If a major change, such as a name change, was made to a record you purchased, an email has already been sent to you with the correction. Otherwise, if you have purchased a baptism at this church in this period, you should review it to get the father’s occupation and abode. Log in, click My Account, then click the My Orders tab to see your purchases.

Monkwearmouth burials 1800-1812 updated with death dates, corrections

Updated our existing 2,193 burials at Monkwearmouth St. Peter covering 1800-1812. The original transcriber of this record set omitted the death dates and we recently realized they were present in the register, so we went back to the register and added them. We also added 15 burials that got missed the first time around, and made corrections where needed, most of them minor. We strongly recommend reviewing any burials between 1800 and 1812 that you purchased from this parish, to see if any changes were made. If a major change was made, such as a name or age being substantially different, an email has already been sent to you containing the corrected record.

Hexham marriages 1837-1841

224 marriages at Hexham St. Andrew, covering from 1 Jan 1837 to 6 Jan 1842. After 1 July 1837, these are fully-detailed civil-registration-era marriages. For example:

  • 31 Dec 1840 John Marshall Claxton (widower, gentleman), full age, of Hexham, son of Marshall Claxton (Wesleyan Minister), married Susannah Stewart (spinster), full age, of Hexham, daughter of Thomas Stewart (cabinet maker), by licence
    Witnesses: Michael Swan jnr, Margaret Whitfield

Abodes mentioned besides Hexham include Allendale, Allerwash, Anick, Barrasford, Beaufront, Bishop Auckland (not nearby!), Blanchland, Burnshield Haugh, Bywell St. Andrew, Bywell St. Peter, Catton, Chollerton, Corbridge, Corsenside, Elsdon, Haydon, Dalton, Earsdon, Espershields, Felton, Gosforth, Halliwell (Holywell), Hunstanworth, Lambsheild, Low Stublick, Otterburn, Newcastle, Raw Green, Shotley, Simonburn, Spital Shield, St. John Lee, The Pays, Warden.

 

Ryton Cemetery burials 1884-1998

7,793 burials at Ryton Cemetery in Ryton near Gateshead, from the opening of the cemetery in 1884 to mid-July 1998.

Abodes mentioned besides street addresses in Ryton are on both sides of the River Tyne and include Addison Colliery, Barmoor, Blaydon, Blaydon Burn, Bog Pit, Bradley Mill, Clara Vale, Crawcrook, Crookhill, Greenside, Greenside Folly, Hedgefield, High Spen, High Teams, Holly Bush, Holmwood, Jesmond, Lanchester, Newcastle, Newburn Bridge End, Runhead or Run Head, Stargate, Stella, Swalwell, Throckley, West Ryton, Winlaton, Woodside, and Wylam.

Because these are municipal cemetery records rather than church burial records, they present many more genealogically useful details. 87% of these records give either an occupation, a parent or spouse’s name, or information about how the person died.

Sample burials – note that the 2nd one lists parents even though the deceased was 85:

  • 7 Feb 1885 Rachael Pearson, of Emma Villa, Ryton, age: 40, wife of John Pearson
  • 22 Oct 1898 Isabella Ward, of 1 St Mary’s Terrace, age: 85, daughter of Edward & Mary Ward
  • 8 May 1915 Joseph Carlisle, of Emma Colliery, age: 20, son of William Carlisle and the late Dorothy, accidentally killed at Emma Colliery
  • 4 Sep 1941 William Irwin, of 24 Burnhill Gardens, Greenside, age: 17, son of Thomas F. Irwin & Dora, death due to enemy action
  • 20 Nov 1965 William Drake, of Muggleswick House, Crawcrook, age: 100, widower of Ann Drake
  • 15 Apr 1981 Mary Olive Stevenson, of 1 Runhead Gardens, age: 79, housewife, died at Hexham General Hospital, interment of ashes

Newcastle All Saints baptisms 1827-1830

3,488 baptisms at All Saints church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, covering 1827-1830, from the Bishop’s Transcript with some checking against the original register.

Many County Durham residents worked across the River Tyne in Newcastle or moved back and forth between collieries up and down both sides of the river, so you will find many of the same families who are also found in Gateshead, Hebburn, Jarrow, and other border communities along the Tyne. Residences mentioned besides streets in All Saints parish include Ayton Banks, Ballast Hills, Benton, Bigge’s Main, Bill Quay, Bird Nest, Blaydon, Blyth Nook, Brunton, Busy Cottage, Byker (also Byker Bar, Hill, and Old Engine), Carpenter’s Tower, Carr’s Hill, Carville, Cox Lodge, the Cut, Denton Burn, Dents Hole, Dog Bank, Elswick, Fawdon, Felling & Felling Shore, Folly, Gateshead, Gosforth, Hazlerigg, Heaton (and High Heaton and Low Heaton), Hebburn, Hebron (which may mean Hebburn or the Hebron in Northumberland), Hetton, Heworth, High Bridge, Howden, Jarrow, Jesmond, Kenton, Killingworth, Lawson’s Main, Low Bridge, Low Teams, Mount Pleasant, Mushroom, New York near Murton, North Shields, North Shore, Ouseburn, Pandon, Pandon Bank, Pity Me, the Quay, Red Barns, Ridley Villas, Seghill, Sheriff Hill, Shieldfield, Skinner Burn, South Shields, South Shore, St. Anthony’s, St. Lawrence, St. Peter’s and St. Peter’s Quay, Stepney, Stockbridge, Tyne Brewery, Walker, Wall Knoll, Wallsend, West House, Wideopen, Willington, and Wreckington (Wrekenton).

Samples – occasionally a birth date is given:

  • 12 Jan 1827 Mary Watson, of Dents Hole, daughter of Edward (ship carpenter) & Barbara Watson
  • 30 Oct 1828 David Donafee, of Mount Pleasant, born 7-Dec 1820, son of William (slater) & Mary Donafee
  • 24 Dec 1830 William Moffet Hunter, of High Friar Street, son of John (tailor) & Alice Hunter

We intend to have 1831-1834 baptisms at All Saints available in the next week or two.

Earsdon baptisms & burials 1773-1812

4,516 baptisms and 3,526 burials at Earsdon St. Alban in Tynemouth district in the county of Northumberland, covering 1773-1812, from the Bishop’s Transcript with extensive checking against the original register. This includes the detail-rich period, which at Earsdon started a bit earlier than usual. Baptisms at Earsdon started providing birth dates in 1793 (and some before that), and maiden surnames of mothers start appearing in both baptisms and burials in August 1795, over 2 years before this information was required.

In these records, there are numerous references to “Bedlington, Durham” or “Bedlingtonshire”. This may puzzle modern researchers, who think of Bedlington as being firmly situated in Northumberland. Although it was always within the traditional bounds of Northumberland, Bedlington, also called Bedlingtonshire, had been bought by the Bishop of Durham in the early 900s and was an “exclave”, a detached part of County Durham.

Here are some sample baptisms:

  • 3 Jan 1773 Elizabeth [Crammon/Lawson], illegitimate daughter of George Lawson & Mary Crammon
  • 15 Apr 1787 John Hogg, of South Blyth, born 21 Sep 1781, son of Mr Jonas (surgeon) & Sarah Hogg, private baptism 28th Sep 1781
  • 23 Aug 1795 Isabella Duxfield, of Newsham, born 20 Jul 1790, daughter of Timothy Duxfield (farmer) & Jane his wife formerly Mafflin
  • 31 Oct 1808 Sarah Horner, born 1 Dec 1784, 4th daughter of John Horner (Esq., native of Bradford, Yorkshire) by his wife Ann Robison Wakefield (native of Darlington, Durham)
  • 29 Nov 1812 David Howe, born 29 Sep, 5th son of the late George Howe (pitman, native of Chester le Street) by his wife Jane Scurfield (native of this parish)

Sample burials, starting with the oldest person in this set, who was born about 1695 if her age is correct:

  • 23 Nov 1804 Elizabeth Wood, of Sleekburn in Bedlington parish, age: 109, spinster, died 22 Nov
  • 14 Jan 1773 Susanna Wonders, of Hartley, daughter of Thomas & Deborah Wonders
  • 26 May 1783 Mary Heslop, of Burrowdon, wife of William Heslop (labourer)
  • 27 Oct 1795 Elizabeth Heron, of Seaton Sluice, daughter of Thomas Heron (glassman) & Margaret his wife formerly Coundon
  • 8 Apr 1803 Mary Gallon late Saunderson, of Seaton Sluice, age: 63, died 6 Apr, wife of Ephraim Gallon (blacksmith)
  • 10 Apr 1810 Henry Short, of South Blyth, age: 43, pilot, buried at Blyth, lost in the lifeboat off Hartley Bates in heavy surf on 7 Apr

The lifeboat disaster referenced in the last burial above was documented thusly (courtesy of Google Books) in “THE HISTORY OF BLYTH, FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE PRESENT DAY”, by JOHN WALLACE, published in 1869. On page 129 it says:

On the morning of April 7th, 1810, the morning being fine and the sea smoother than it had been for several days, a number of Cullercoats fishermen launched their boats and went off to their great lines. Whilst employed at their fishing a sudden storm broke over them, and they had to hasten towards the shore to find shelter, but were driven to leeward of Cullercoats, the wind blowing from the E.S.E., with a heavy sea. They were seen off Hartley in great peril; the Blyth life-boat was sent for and obtained; a number of people accompanied her. The boat was manned by a crew of seventeen men, and put off just by Hartley Bates; she was gallantly rowed through the breakers, and reached the cobles. She took eleven men out of the cobles, and such was the confidence of the crew in her capabilities that they also took on board a considerable quantity of the fishing tackle; having thus far succeeded in their mission of mercy, the question arose among the crew as to where they were to land; the majority were for landing where they launched from; others wished to run down to Blyth, which they could have easily and safely done in less than an hour; unhappily the former opinion prevailed, and they attempted to land on the beach. On coming among the breakers a high and ridgy wave broke into the boat, severely injuring the steersman and stoving the boat almost to pieces; still she floated. Another heavy wave followed when she was nearing the shore, and being under no command she struck the ground, splitting nearly in two; the cork floated and the fragments were entirely dispersed. In an instant, twenty-eight men were struggling in the surf, in the sight, and within a few yards, of fully 2,000 people, many of whom saw a father, a husband, or a brother perishing before their eyes, without being able to render them the smallest aid. Thomas Brown, the son of a Hartley pilot, was so nearly saved that he obtained footing just opposite where his father was standing; they each recognised the other, and the father, crying, “O my son, Tom, come to me ! ” hastened to help him; when they had nearly met, the back-sweep of a wave carried the young man to sea again, where he was overpowered, and ultimately perished.

In a few moments the death-struggle was over, only two men escaped with life, twenty-six having met a watery grave. Nine of those who were lost belonged to Blyth, viz : Henry Short, Duncan Stewart,John Hall, Thos. Turnbull, John Dobie, Wm. Oliver, Wm. Todd, Joseph Partis, and Matthew Jefferson. Short, Stewart, Dobie, and Oliver were buried in Blyth churoh-yard on Monday, the 9th of April. Henry Short commanded the boat, and was a fine good-looking man, and a gallant and skilful seaman. He was the youngest of five brothers, at that time pilots at Blyth, when there were but twelve pilots attached to the port; he had swam to the beach, but, being too much exhausted to rise, he expired before he was discovered. Duncan Stewart also reached the beach, but, being driven with great violence against a rock, he died. Duncan was an excellent swimmer; a few years before this, he had been at sea off Blyth in a pilot boat; on returning he was alone in the boat, tow-a-stern of a ship; when crossing the bar, the boat filled with water and sunk, leaving him to swim for his life. He managed to disencumber himself of his pea jacket, and, after almost superhuman efforts, he reached a place where he obtained footing; there he remained till a boat was sent to his rescue from the upper part of the harbor. Short and Stewart were married men and left large families; the others were single, and all quite young. John Hall was eldest brother to the present Mrs. James Darling. Matthew Jefferson was cousin to the writer; the others have no relations here so far as can be ascertained.

This disaster was generally attributed to the improper materials of which the life-boat was formed. The subscribers had contracted with the builders to make her of wainscot, with copper bolts, but after she had gone to pieces, it was discovered that she had been built (of elm with iron fastenings; she was a large boat, and. much more fragile in appearance than the life-boats built since.) It cannot be doubted that if she had been as stoutly built as those we have now, she would not have had her timbers overstrained and her joints loosened by the first sea that broke into her, nor have crumbled to pieces the first time she came to the ground.

The sum of £933 was subscribed for the widows and orphans. Six of those lost belonged to Hartley, Josiah Walker, Thomas Brown, John Bobinson, George Lee, James Morgan, and William Hunter; also Thomas Lilly, who was saved; the other man who was saved was a Swede, belonging to the “Beckford” of Blyth.