Barnard Castle, Durham Genealogy

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Barnard Castle

Guide to Barnard Castle, Durham family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Barnard Castle, Durham
St Mary Barnard Castle County Durham.jpg
St Mary Barnard Castle County Durham
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Darlington
County Durham
Poor Law Union Teesdale
Registration District Teesdale
Records begin
Parish registers: 1609
Bishop's Transcripts: 1762
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Darlington
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Durham Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BARNARD-CASTLE, a market-town and chapelry, in the parish of Gainford, union of Teesdale, SW division of Darlington ward, S division of the county of Durham, 25 miles SW by W from Durham, and 244 NNW from London. There are places of worship for Independents, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyans.[1]

Additional information: Barnard Castle St Mary was created in 1723 from a 12th century chapelry in Gainford Ancient Parish.

The medieval history of the town is dominated by the castle and the Balliol family who owned it. The castle was built in the late 11th century. When the castle was built it outer defenses may have surrounded the small church of St Margaret, which was probably the parish church. A new parish church, dedicated to St Mary was built outside the walls. The Church of St Mary is believed to have been built in the twelfth century. It was a chapelry. It was not the only religious establishment in the town. In around 1230 a small hospital was founded on Newgate Street. It had its own chapel.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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Barnard Castle Online Parish Records
Collections
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
Indexes and images
Indexes only
FamilySearch Collections-Durham
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Durham
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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1700s-1800s
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FreeREG
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
Find My Past-Durham ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Ancestry-England Select Births, Marriages, Death, and Burials ($)
1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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1500s-1900s
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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1500s-1800s
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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1800s-1900s

Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Teesdale Poor Law Union, Durham

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Barnard Castle on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

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