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Darlington Borough Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.darlington.gov.uk/libraries.htm
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DUR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Centre for Local Studies
Darlington Library
Crown Street
Tel: 01325 349630
Fax: 01325 381556
[email protected]
Contact: Mrs K. Bennett/Miss K. Williamson, Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-1900
Tuesday: 0900-1900
Wednesday: 0900-1700
Thursday: 1000-1900
Friday: 0900-1700
Saturday: 0900-1600

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes. Staff can provide a basic free search. Anyone requiring intensive research will be sent the name of a local record agent.


Provided by local Record Office?

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Registrar General's Indexes from 1837-1998 for England and Wales only.

5. Census returns

Census returns -
1841: historic county of Durham, CD-ROM; southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1851: southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm; some name indexes.
1861: southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1871: historic county of Durham, CD-ROM; southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1881: England and Wales, CD-ROM, name indexes; Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire, microfiche, name indexes; southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1891: historic county of Durham, CD-ROM and microfiche, name indexes for some areas on microfiche and also in printed form for Darlington, 1891 census hunt on CD-ROM.
1901: historic County Durham, microfiche.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Directories held for County Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire. 1828-1938. Approx. 100 vols.

6(b) City and Town Directories

Darlington 1899-1974
Plus included in county volumes prior to this, 56 vols.

6(c) Telephone Directories

All telephone directories and Yellow Pages kept for areas between Newcastle and York
Darlington volumes from late 1960s to date
Other areas from 1969 (1976 for Yellow Pages)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Darlington only: 1874, 1884, 1888 to date

7(b) Poll Books

  • The General Election Poll for Knights of the Shire to represent in Parliament the County palatinate of Durham. Darlingon Ward, 1820
  • The Poll for two Knights of the Shire to represent in Parliament the Southern Division of the County Palatinate of Durham. Darlington District, 1833
  • Copy of Register of Electors for Southern Division of County of Durham, 1938.
  • Proceeding and Poll at the Election for the Southern Division of the County of Durham, July 1841
  • South Durham Election, 1865. The Poll.
  • Register of Voters for the southern Division in the County of Durham, 23rd November 1868.
  • The General Election Poll, 1790.
  • Poll Book for Co of York, 1807

    8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

    1992 edition on microfiche for England, Scotland and Wales

    9. Unpublished Indexes

    Newspapers indexed mainly for Darlington but also main events in rest of County Durham and northern part of North Yorkshire. Alphabetical by subject.
    The Illustrations Collection has an alphabetical index by name, place, subject, artist, photographer, etc.
    There is a street index to the Darlington Censuses.

    10. Parish Registers

    Darlington and surrounding area plus a few other places in County Durham and North Yorkshire. Mainly copies from Durham Record Office on microfilm, but also transcripts (mainly reproduced).

    11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

    Surtees Society Series vol. 1, 1835 to date
    Durham County Local History Society Bulletin, vol. 1, 1964 to date
    Archaeologia Aeliana 1st series, vol.1 to date
    Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Proceedings, vol. 1 1882 -; 5th series vol. 1, No. 10, 1956
    Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland Transactions, Durham Archaeological Journal, vol. 1 to date
    Natural History Society of Northumbria, vol.1-2 1831-38, vols. 1-11, 13 1865-1894 and vols. 9, 1951 to date

    12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


    13. Other material

    CD-Roms - Soldiers Who Died - 1914-1918, 1881 census, Army Roll Honour 1939-45, Lindisfarne Gospels (Turning the Pages), National Burial Index, Criminal Register Indexes 1805-1816
    CD-ROM of local newspaper The Northern Echo 1995-date
    'Durham Record': a touch-screen database containing 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition O.S. Maps plus modern O.S. maps 6"-1mile for whole of Durham County with ability to enlarge to approx. 12.5"-1 mile.
    Over 10,000 photographic records and The Archaeological Sites and Monuments Record for Durham County (printouts available).
    Musters of Durham Militia 1781-2
    Bomber Command losses WW2
    Landowners of England 1873

    14. Guides to Collections

    guides to newspaper and parish register collections are available on the Darlington Borough Council website at http://www.darlington.gov.uk/Education/Library/Centre+for+Local+Studies/Centre%20for%20Local%20Studies.htm..

    15. Local Record Offices

    Durham Record Office
    County Hall
    DH1 5UL
    Tel: 0191 3833474

    North Yorkshire Record Office
    County Hall
    North Yorkshire
    DL7 8AF
    Tel: 01609 777585
    Fax: 01609 777078

    Other information