Widdrington, Northumberland Genealogy

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Guide to Widdrington, Northumberland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Widdrington, Northumberland
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Holy Trinity Widdrington Northumberland
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Morpeth
County Northumberland
Poor Law Union Morpeth
Registration District Morpeth
Records begin
Parish registers: 1698
Bishop's Transcripts: 1773
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Morpeth
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Northumberland Record Office

Parish History

WIDDRINGTON, a parochial chapelry in the union, and E. division of the ward, of Morpeth, N. division of Northumberland, 8 miles (N. E. by N.) from Morpeth. The chapel had parochial limits so early as 1307. There is a place of worship for Presbyterians.[1]

Additional information:

Widdrington Holy Trinity Parish was created in 1766 from a former chapelry in Woodhorn, Northumberland Ancient Parish and includes: Druridge, Dundridge, and Linton.


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.

Church Records

Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/274 Date: 1773-1848 Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at 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.

Widdrington, Holy Trinity: Records of baptisms and burials 1698-1959 and marriages 1698-1975 are available at Northumberland Collections Service. The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) includes baptisms 1698-1875 and marriages 1698-1876 (with gaps) for this parish, and Boyd's Marriage Index includes marriages 1698-1741 and 1766-1781. Transcripts of baptisms 1698-1812, marriages 1698-1741, 1766-1781, burials 1698-1738, 1766-1812 and baptisms of dissenters 1754-1802 are available at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Dept. A transcript of monumental inscriptions at Widdrington (microfiche TN71) is published by Northumberland and Durham Family History Society and these records are also available in book form at Newcastle Central Library, Local Studies Department.

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

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

Morpeth Poor Law Union, Northumberland

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Northumberland Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 13 August 2013.
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