2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources|
Centre for Local Studies
Tel: 01325 349630
Fax: 01325 381556
Contact: Mrs K. Bennett/Miss K. Williamson, Local Studies Librarian
3. Research Service
Yes. Staff can provide a basic free search. Anyone requiring intensive research will be sent the name of a local record agent.
Provided by local Record Office?
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.
Registrar General's Indexes from 1837-1998 for England and Wales only.
5. Census returns
Census returns -
1841: historic county of Durham, CD-ROM; southern County Durham plus odd
North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1851: southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm;
some name indexes.
1861: southern County Durham plus odd North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1871: historic county of Durham, CD-ROM; southern County Durham plus odd
North Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1881: England and Wales, CD-ROM, name indexes; Durham, Northumberland and
Yorkshire, microfiche, name indexes; southern County Durham plus odd North
Yorkshire villages, microfilm.
1891: historic county of Durham, CD-ROM and microfiche, name indexes for
some areas on microfiche and also in printed form for Darlington, 1891
census hunt on CD-ROM.
1901: historic County Durham, microfiche.
6(a) County and Regional Directories
Directories held for County Durham, Northumberland and Yorkshire. 1828-1938. Approx. 100 vols.
6(b) City and Town Directories
Plus included in county volumes prior to this, 56 vols.
6(c) Telephone Directories
All telephone directories and Yellow Pages kept for areas between Newcastle and York
Darlington volumes from late 1960s to date
Other areas from 1969 (1976 for Yellow Pages)
7. Electoral registers and polls books
7(a) Electoral Registers
Darlington only: 1874, 1884, 1888 to date
7(b) Poll Books
The General Election Poll for Knights of the Shire to represent in Parliament the County palatinate of Durham. Darlingon Ward, 1820
The Poll for two Knights of the Shire to represent in Parliament the Southern Division of the County Palatinate of Durham. Darlington District, 1833
Copy of Register of Electors for Southern Division of County of Durham, 1938.
Proceeding and Poll at the Election for the Southern Division of the County of Durham, July 1841
South Durham Election, 1865. The Poll.
Register of Voters for the southern Division in the County of Durham, 23rd November 1868.
The General Election Poll, 1790.
Poll Book for Co of York, 1807
8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)
1992 edition on microfiche for England, Scotland and Wales
9. Unpublished Indexes
Newspapers indexed mainly for Darlington but also main events in rest of County Durham and northern part of North Yorkshire. Alphabetical by subject.
The Illustrations Collection has an alphabetical index by name, place, subject, artist, photographer, etc.
There is a street index to the Darlington Censuses.
10. Parish Registers
Darlington and surrounding area plus a few other places in County Durham and North Yorkshire. Mainly copies from Durham Record Office on microfilm, but also transcripts (mainly reproduced).
11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)
Surtees Society Series vol. 1, 1835 to date
Durham County Local History Society Bulletin, vol. 1, 1964 to date
Archaeologia Aeliana 1st series, vol.1 to date
Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Proceedings, vol. 1 1882 -; 5th series vol. 1, No. 10, 1956
Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland Transactions, Durham Archaeological Journal, vol. 1 to date
Natural History Society of Northumbria, vol.1-2 1831-38, vols. 1-11, 13 1865-1894 and vols. 9, 1951 to date
12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material
13. Other material
CD-Roms - Soldiers Who Died - 1914-1918, 1881 census, Army Roll Honour 1939-45, Lindisfarne Gospels (Turning the Pages), National Burial Index, Criminal Register Indexes 1805-1816
CD-ROM of local newspaper The Northern Echo 1995-date
'Durham Record': a touch-screen database containing 1st, 2nd and 3rd edition O.S. Maps plus modern O.S. maps 6"-1mile for whole of Durham County with ability to enlarge to approx. 12.5"-1 mile.
Over 10,000 photographic records and The Archaeological Sites and Monuments Record for Durham County (printouts available).
Musters of Durham Militia 1781-2
Bomber Command losses WW2
Landowners of England 1873
14. Guides to Collections
guides to newspaper and parish register
collections are available on the Darlington Borough Council website at
15. Local Record Offices
Durham Record Office
Tel: 0191 3833474
North Yorkshire Record Office
Tel: 01609 777585
Fax: 01609 777078