Rainton, Durham Genealogy

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

Rainton, Durham
West Rainton St Mary Co Durham.jpg
West Rainton St Mary Co Durham
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Easington
County Durham
Poor Law Union Houghton le Spring
Registration District Houghton le Spring
Records begin
Parish registers: 1825
Bishop's Transcripts: 1825
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Easington
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Durham Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

RAINTON, EAST, a township, in the parish and union of Houghton-le-Spring, N division of Easington ward and of the county of Durham; formerly called Reynington. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. [1]

RAINTON, WEST, a township, in the parish and union of Houghton-le-Spring, N division of Easington ward and of the county of Durham, 4¼ miles NE from Durham. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. [2]

Additional information: St Mary West Rainton was built as a parish church in 1864, but the chapelry of Rainton built in 1825 was a chapelry within the parish of Houghton le Spring, Durham. The chapelry and parish included Cocken, Moorhouse and West Rainton. The parish was created by order in Council 15 May 1838.

St Cuthbert East Rainton was created as a parish in 1866 from West Rainton St Mary parish. Subsequently the parishes of Chilton Moor St Andrew (1872) and Moorsley St Oswald (circa 1947) were created from its boundaries.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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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]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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Rainton Online Parish Records
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FamilySearch Collections-Durham
1500s-1900s
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Durham
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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Find My Past-Durham ($)
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Ancestry-England Select Births, Marriages, Death, and Burials ($)
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

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.


Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Houghton le Spring Poor Law Union, Durham

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]

Rainton (see Houghton le Srping) on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England,(1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 11 December 2103.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 11 December 2103.