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DURHAM

"A county of England lying on the German Ocean, and bounded by Northumberland, Cumberland,Westmorland, and Yorkshire. It is about 40 miles in length and 30 in breadth, and contains 1 city, 8 market towns, and 113 parishes. It is hilly, and some points are nearly 2000 feet high. There are wide moors amongst the hills, and other tracts completely uncultivated. There are some islands on the coast, Holy Island being the largest. The coast is cliffy in some parts; other parts are shelving sands. The principal rivers are the Wear, the Tees, the Tyne, and the Derwent. Coal, iron, lead, mill-stone grit, limestone, &c., are found here abundantly. The east and south parts of the county are fruitful in corn and pasture, and have a milder air than the other parts. It sends to other parts of the United Kingdom, and to foreign countries, both its native productions, and the goods it manufactures, such as coarse woolen goods, sail-cloth, steel, glass,iron, &c.; &c.; This county was formerly under the special jurisdiction of the bishop of Durham as a Prince Palatine, but in 1836 the palatinate was vested in the crown. Population, 342,284. It returns 10 members to Parliament."

[From Barclay's Complete and Universal English Dictionary,1842]

INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF DURHAM

Position of Durham

Archives and Libraries

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Cemeteries

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Census

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Church History

Methodist Churches in 1940 in the "Newcastle-upon-Tyne" and "Sunderland and Durham" Districts. This includes all of Northumberland and the northern part of Co Durham
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Church Records

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Civil Registration

Certificates of birth, death and marriage can be obtained from theSuperintendent Registrars at the following District Register Offices:
If ordering from a District Office, please note the following:

Registration districts for the period 1837-1930 with their accompanying places, together with the current location of the records, is listed on Brett Langston's Civil Registration Pages.

Once you find an entry you can, of course, order a certificate.

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Correctional Institutions

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Description and Travel

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Directories

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Emigration and Immigration

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Genealogy

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History

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Maps

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Military Records

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Names, Personal

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Newspapers

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Occupations

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Probate Records

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Religion and Religious Life

There is a large, well organised and informative Durham Diocesan web site which gives full details of the present ecclesiastical set up of the Diocese, together with some historical detail.

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Schools

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Social Life and Customs

Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs to 1516 was compiled by Dr Samantha Letters at the Centre for Metropolitan History, and is organised by county. It includes a brief summary of the early history of many large and small places, with details of markets and fairs and the people granted the right to hold them.

The site "Village Games" by Colonel Alex Johnson describes games which Alex remembers from his childhood in NW Co Durham in the 1920s and 30s.
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Societies

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Voting Registers

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TOWNS AND PARISHES

The list of Durham towns and parishes is now on a separate page.

Find help, report problems, or contribute information.

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