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Durham County 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Unpublished indexes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:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DUR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Durham Clayport Library
Reference and Local Studies Department
Millenium Place
Durham City
Tel: 0191 3864003
Fax: 0191 3860379
Contact: Information Services & Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 7.00pm
Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? -

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Durham County 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 Not available

5. Census returns

Historic County of Durham: 1891 (microfiche)
Durham City and the Northern part of County Durham: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1901 (microfilm)

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~list attached covering Durham, Cumbria & Northumbria
1827: Parson & White: History directory and gazetteer of Counties of Durham and Northumberland
1938: Kelly's: directory of Durham and Northumberland
~latest large directory; others as per list

6(b) City and Town Directories

1847: Walker: Durham Directory and Almanack
1937: Durham City Yearbook Business Directory and Diary
~others as per list$

6(c) Telephone Directories

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Contact Durham County Record Office

7(b) Poll Books

Very few held. Contact Durham City Library
General Election Poll 1790: Durham County
Poll for Knights of the Shire 1761: Durham

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition: England, Scotland, Wales

9. Unpublished Indexes

Indexes are available for some areas for certain dates, e.g. Seaham Harbour
Contact Library

10. Parish Registers

~list attached$
All items in our collection are transcripts: microfilm copies are held by Durham County Record Office who have a more extensive collection

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Genealogists Magazine 1983 to date
The North Eastern Express (journal of the N-E Railway Association)
~Suggest contact direct as some items called bulletins/journals but may be considered as periodicals

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

SURT 665 Society publications

13. Other material

Extensive local studies collection, including books, maps, local newspapers and maps

14. Guides to Collections

Free from DC Library
~copy attached$

15. Local Record Offices

Durham County Record Office
County Hall
Tel: 0191 3833253

Other information

Booking system in operation.
Durham Record is now available at this Library. It consists of an interactive computer database holding 10,000 photographic and other images dating from the 1860s up to the present, together with electronic copies of current and historic O.S. maps (editions 1, 2 and 3) of the County and information about industrial archaeology sites.