Byers Green, Durham Genealogy

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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]

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

The Parish Registers for the period 1845-1957 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Bg).

Non Conformist Churches

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

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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 462-467. Date accessed: 10 July 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.

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.