Houghton le Spring, Durham Genealogy
Guide to Houghton le Spring, Durham family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|Houghton le Spring, Durham|
Houghton le Spring St Michael & All Angels Co Durham
|Poor Law Union||Houghton le Spring|
|Registration District||Chester le Street; Houghton le Spring|
|Parish registers: 1563; Separate registers exist for West Herrington beginning 1840|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1762|
|Probate Court||Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Durham Record Office|
Parish History[edit | edit source]
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING (St. Michael), a town and parish, and the head of a union, in the N division of Easington ward and of the county of Durham, 6½ miles NE from Durham, and 266 NNW from London. There are meeting-houses for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans, and a Roman Catholic chapel.
St Michael Houghton-le-Spring is an ancient parish and parts of the church are Norman, the remainder are from the thirteenth century.
The parish includes Biddick Waterville, Burn Moors, Cocken, Eppleton, East and Middle Herrington, West Herrington, Offerton, South Biddick, Moor House, Morsley, Middleton Grange, Offerton and Warden Law.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Civil Registration[edit | edit source]
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.
Church records[edit | edit source]
Houghton le Spring parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|Houghton le Spring Online Parish Records|
|FS Marr Img||1594-1815|
|FS Catalog PRs|
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
- Records are also available at the Durham County Record Office.
Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library has Methodist Circuit Baptisms and Marriages This book shows dates, places and names of individuals. This is a large book with thousands of entries.
- Primitive Methodist
- Roman Catholic
- United Presbyterian Church of Scotland
- Wesleyan Methodist
- Wesleyan Methodist Association
Census records[edit | edit source]
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.
Genealogy From Periodicals,[edit | edit source]
Betts, Enid. A Sanderson Family and Its Branches. History of Stepen Sanderson born 1811, and his wife Elizabeth Aisbitt and descendants. According to the IGI the Sandersons were in Houghton le Spring, from the late 1500s. Other areas the descendants were in: Eighton Banks, Gateshead Pelaw, Bishop Wearmouth, with a branch going to USA and another branch to Australia. Surnames mention: Liddell, Fenwick, Wynn, Armstrong, Hunter, Best, Murray, Reay, Lockey, Wanless and Smith. Article dated 1560-1985, and is found in The Northumberland & Durham Family History Society Journal, vol. 27, no. 3, pages 92-95. Family History Library Reference 942.8 B2jo v. 27. no. 3.(autumn 2002)
Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]
Probate records[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
Websites[edit | edit source]
Houghton le Spring on GENUKI
References[edit | edit source]
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 562-566. Date accessed: 22 July 2013.
- Searching Parish Records online (Durham) - The Following Parishes are Available at TheGenealogist, ParishRegister.co.uk, accessed 23 April 2019.