Birtley, Durham Genealogy
Guide to Birtley, Durham family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
St John The Evangelist Church, Birtley Co Durham
|Poor Law Union||Stockton|
|Parish registers: 1570|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1762|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Durham Record Office|
BIRTLEY, a township, in the parish and union of Chester-le-Street, Middle division of Chester ward, N. division of the county of Durham There is a place of worship for Wesleyans; also a Roman Catholic chapel. Birtley St. John the Evangelist was created in 1850 from Chester-le-Street St. Mary and St. Cuthbert. 
Parts of this parish became part of these parishes: Fatfield St. George (1875); Washington, Oxclose Local Ecumenical Partnership (1972)
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/30 Date: 1850-1880
Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records; however images for the parish transcripts are not yet loaded and await engineering.
The dates of the post-1760 transcripts have been noted in detail and sometimes only cover years. For most parishes in the collection there are gaps in the sequence of transcripts. It is advisable to consult the original parish registers for these years and events.
The Parish Registers for the period 1850-1994 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Bir).
FamilySearch Historical Records includes England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds and Allegations (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Non Conformist Churches
- Primitive Methodist
- Roman Catholic
- Wesleyan Methodist
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Durham Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
Birtley township (see Chester-le-Street parish) on GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 13 December 2013.