Benwell St James, Northumberland Genealogy

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Guide to Benwell St James, Northumberland ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Benwell St James, Northumberland
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St James Benwell Newcastle Northumberland
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Castle
County Northumberland
Poor Law Union Newcastle upon Tyne
Registration District Newcastle upon Tyne
Records begin
Parish registers: 1843
Bishop's Transcripts: 1838
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Newcastle upon Tyne
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Northumberland Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BENWELL, a district chapelry comprising the township of Benwell and part of that of Elswick, in the parish of St. John, Newcastle, union of Newcastle, W. division of Castle ward, S. division of Northumberland 2½ miles (W.) from Newcastle. The chapel, dedicated to St. James, stands conspicuously on an eminence near the centre of the district, and was erected in 1832. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.[1]

Benwell St James Northumberland, created in 1843 from chapelry in Newcastle upon Tyne St Nicolas, Northumberland Ancient Parish.

Resources[edit | edit source]

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]

Church of England parish registers begin in 1843. Church of England Bishops' transcripts exist from 1838.

Benwell St James, Northumberland Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = FamilySearch Parish Registers - free[2]
Benwell St James, Northumberland Genealogy Online Parish Records


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1832-1930 1844-1939
1884-1898 1891-1935

Register of graves 1865-1957 online at FamilySearch - free.

Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections DDR/EA/PBT/2/24 1838-1875 Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records; however images for this parish have not yet been loaded and await future engineering.

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.

Benwell, St James: Records of baptisms 1832-1981, marriages 1844-1989 and burials 1833-1966 are available at Northumberland Collections Service. Baptisms 1832-1958, marriages 1844-1958 and burials 1833-1966 can also be seen at Tyne and Wear Archives Service.  For earlier records see Newcastle, St John

FamilySearch Historical Records includes England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds and Allegations (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Non Conformist Records[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]

Newcastle Upon Tyne Poor Law Union, Northumberland

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Northumberland 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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England,(1848). Date accessed: 31 July 2013.
  2. FamilySearch Catalog. Accessed 19 January 2016.

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