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Durham On line Records.?

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mgnv Report 4 Aug 2013 23:18

For Lancs, has the parish records and has the online local indexes.

There are other online local indexes at: including

There is usually less detail than Lancs BMD, but they do pin down who wed whom.
S Tyneside has a key to their church codes online.
Often, you have to check the postal application form to find the actual local ref from which you can guess the subdistrict for Bs & Ds. Look up the B or D on FreeBMD, then click on the rego district link, then the more info "here" link to get a list of all the subdistricts that ever existed in an RD.

Here's a worked example:
Births Sep 1865 (>99%)
Robson William Chapman Auckland 10a 220

Looking up the RD info gets:
Sub-districts : Bishop Auckland, Hamsterley, Hurworth.

Birth certificate for:
Surname: ROBSON
Forename: William C
Year: 1865
District: Durham Western

The postal application form gives:
Register No. - Entry No. - District
HAM26 - 281 - Durham Western (1865)

So it's not too hard to guess HAM26 refers to the 26th rego for Hamsterley

If you're after OPRs, then FMP have started indexing these and putting the images online.
Also FS has some (unindexed) Durham BTs online, but these obviously are all CofE, see:®ion=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND


wellybobs Report 4 Aug 2013 16:25

Hi Kath,
thank you, will give that a try.



KathleenBell Report 4 Aug 2013 16:14

I don't think you will find them online.

Have a look here and scroll to the bottom of the page:-

It says County Durham is included in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

Kath. x


wellybobs Report 4 Aug 2013 16:04

can anyone please tell me does Durham have BMD records on line in much the same way as Lancashire BMD. ?

I understand there is access to parish records, picked that up from a post on here, but they are Church of England and the birth I want to confirm was catholic.

Thanks for any help you can give.
cheers. M.