Byers Green, Durham Genealogy

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Byers Green

Guide to Byers Green, Durham family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Byers Green, Durham
Byers Green St Peter Co Durham.jpg
Byers Green St Peter Co Durham
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Darlington
County Durham
Poor Law Union Auckland
Registration District Auckland
Records begin
Parish registers: 1845
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Darlington
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Durham Record Office

Parish History

BYERS-GREEN, a township, in the parish of St. Andrew Auckland, union of Auckland, S. E. division of Darlington ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 4 miles (N. N. E.) from Bishop-Auckland. [1]

Additional information:

The name was first recorded in 1183 as Byres and in 1562 as Byres Greine; byres is Old English meaning cowsheds with the addition of Middle English grene meaning a village green or hamlet.[2]

The ecclesiastical parish has its origins in the 1845 creation of a chapelry in the ancient parish of Auckland St Andrew and the dedication that year of a church to St Peter the Apostle. Anglican Church records thus date from 1845.

In about 1877 part of the parish was excised to create a chapelry and later new parish of Binchester St. Barnabas.[3]

In about 1900 part of the parish of Byers Green was excised to form a chapelry and later parish of Newfield.[4]

The River Wear formed a natural boundary of the township of Byers Green and resulted in its relative isolation until the construction of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Bridge which was opened in 1887.[5]


Civil Registration

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.

Byers Green fell within the Auckland Registration District from 1837 until the parish was abolished in 1937.

Church records

The early Church of England Parish Registers are deposited at Durham County Record Office. In summary they hold:

Type of Register Start End date
Baptisms Jul 1845 Dec 1955
Banns Sep 1870 Feb 1965
Marriages Oct 1845 Jul 1993
Burials Aug 1845 Jan 1957

Details at: Byers Green, Durham Record Office.

Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections & Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/43 Date: July 1845-1846 Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records.

FamilySearch Historical Records includes England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds and Allegations (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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.

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.

Non Conformist Churches
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Census records

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

Auckland Poor Law Union, Durham Sedgefield Poor Law Union, Durham

Probate records

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

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848).Adapted. Date accessed: 13 December 2013.
  2. "Byers Green Durham." Mills, A. D. (Anthony David), A dictionary of British place-names (2011, Oxford University Press, Oxford ; New York) ISBN 978-0-19-960908-6; published online Oxford Reference ( 2011-2012 eISBN: 9780191739446 accessed 04 November 2013.
  3. Durham County Record Office. Binchester St. Barnabas 2012 accessed 5 November 2013.
  4. Durham County Record Office. Newfield 2012 accessed 5 November 2013.
  5. "Byers Green" in Kelly's Directory of Durham (11th ed., 1910, Kelly's Directories Ltd)