England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This collection consists of various records from across the north of England for the years 969-2007.

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England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records, 969-2007 .
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains images of original records. The original records are held by the Northumberland Archives.

Record types in this collection include parish registers, electoral registers, and nonconformist records, among others. Each type of record within the collection was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records, 969-2007.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed at a local family history center, at the Family History Library, or online by members of the supporting organization(s).

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Given the variety of records within this collection, the information contained on each record may vary greatly. In general, these records may at least include:

  • Full name of individual
  • Names of parents, spouse, or other family members
  • Type of event (such as marriage or death)
  • Date of the event
  • Place of the event

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

View the Images

  1. Go to the collection browse page.
  2. Click on the correct County link.
  3. Click on the correct Town, Parish/Church link.
  4. Click on the correct Event Type and Year Range (with Volume) link to go to the image viewer.
  5. Use the onscreen controls to move between record images as you look for a match.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy down all the information from the index entry.
  • Make sure to look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
  • Cite the index entry or image. See below for help citing this collection.
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find more. For instance, use the estimated age given in a marriage or burial record to calculate an approximate year of birth, if that has yet to be found.
  • Use the information which has been discovered and locate the original parish record or certificate, if possible.
  • Use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in other records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are parish registers, civil registration, and the England Census.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
- An individual might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
- Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
- Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as well; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
  • If looking for a parish register, remember that it is entirely possible that the individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See the England Nonconformist Church Records page for more information on nonconformist records.
  • Alternatively, if looking for a nonconformist record, it is possible that the individual in question may not have records in a nonconformist denomination. It is possible that they either changed religions at some point in their life or that they undertook Anglican ordinances for whatever reason. See the England Parish Registers page for more information.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"England, Northumberland, Miscellaneous Records, 969-2007." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Northumberland Archives Service, Ashington.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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