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South Tyneside Metropolitan 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Unpublished indexes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): TWR, DUR

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Local History Department
Central Library
Prince George Square
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2PE
Tel: 0191 4271818 Ext. 7860
Fax: 0191 4558085
Local History Librarian
Contact: Local History Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1900
Tuesday: 0930-1900
Wednesday: 0930-1900
Thursday: 0930-1900
Friday: 0930-1700
Saturday: 0930-1300

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Limited research available

Fee-based? No (except for photocopying)

Provided by local Record Office? Tyne and Wear Archive Department charge �10 per letter

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 1937 to 1950. Microform. England and Wales

5. Census returns

1841-1901 inclusive. South Tyneside only. Local History Department, at Central Library only

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

White's Directory 1828 to Kelly's Directory 1938. All at Central Library

6(b) City and Town Directories

1827-1940. Tyneside District, including South Shields and Jarrow

6(c) Telephone Directories

Tyneside 1975 to date, including Yellow Pages

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

South Shields 1850 to date
Jarrow 1955 to date

7(b) Poll Books

For the County of Northumberland: 1747-8, 1774, 1826

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition. Microfiche, held at Central Library

9. Unpublished Indexes

Duplicates of indexes from Local Family History Society - see attached leaflet
Patchy coverage of references to local personalities from c.1800 to date
All at Local History Department

10. Parish Registers

Microform copies of Church of England Parish Registers held by Durham County Record Office - excludes St Nicholas', Boldon.
Most transcripts of church records to 1812 published by the Durham and Northumberland Parish Register Society.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Central Library - Journal of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Miss Flagg, a local historian, produced family trees of some of the more important families connected with Westoe Village

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

Miss J. Gill, County Archivist
Durham County Record Office
Tel: 0191 383 3253

Ms E. Rees, Chief Archivist
Tyne and Wear Archives
Blandford House
West Blandford Street
Tel: 0191 232 6789 ext. 407
Chief Archivist

Other information