Durham, England Genealogy

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Durham, or County Durham, is a maritime county in the northeast of England.

This article is about a county in England. For other uses, see Durham (disambiguation) page.

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Civil Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Durham was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.  Click here to see a list of the civil districts in Durham and the parishes covered by each.  Read more about England Civil Registration.


See a list of the parishes of Durham with links to articles.


Before 1858, every town and parish in Durham was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Durham towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Durham Probate Jurisdictions.

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Durham records online: Although you have to pay for records the amount is nominal and you can still do searches.

Durham Bishops Transcripts:  Although they have not been transcribed, and navigation is slow depending on the parish, many records are available.

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