Durham St Oswald, Durham Genealogy

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Durham St Oswald

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

Durham St Oswald, Durham
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Chester; Durham City
County Durham, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Durham
Registration District Durham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1773
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Chester le Street
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Durham County Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Durham St Oswald is an ancient parish and includes Bear Park, Old Durham, Elvet and Broom within its boundaries. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, and Roman Catholics. [1]

Additional information: DURHAM, a city, the capital of the county of Durham, and the head of a union, 67 miles ESE from Carlisle, 87 NE from Lancaster, 67 NW by W from York. The city is surmounted by the cathedral and the remains of the ancient castle, together with other ecclesiastical residences. The college was established at the same time as the university. The city comprises several parishes: St. Giles (1584), St. Mary Le Bow (1571), St. Mary-the-less (1560), St. Nicholas' (1540), St. Oswald's (1538), St. Margaret's (1557), as well as The (Durham) Cathedral (1609). The parish of Durham St Oswald's also includes the village and chapelry of Shincliffe (1826) and part of the chapelry of Croxdale (1696) [see also Merrington Parish]. The chapelries of Belmont and St Cuthbert were built respectively in the years 1858 and 1863 both of which also stood within the boundary of Durham 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]

Online Transcriptions and Indexes

Durham St Oswald Parish's registers of christenings, marriages and burials, along with those of the chapelry of Shincliffe to which it is attached, have been mostly transcribed and are displayed online at the following web sites and ranges of years:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
Durham St Oswald Parish (1538) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1760 1538-1751 None
Shincliffe Chapelry (1826) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1826-1904 1826-1902 1826-1903
FMP None None None

For a full list of all the parishes and chapels of Durham comprising the whole ancient boundary of Durham parish, be certain to see "Church Records" on the Durham Cathedral, Durham Genealogy PARISH page.

  • To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 maps. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
  • The Parish Registers for the period 1538-1973 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Du.SO).
  • Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections DDR/EA/PBT/2/87 1773-1869
  • Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. The Durham City parishes search experience is being improved and awaits engineering at present.

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.

Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images
  • Methodist New Connexion
  • Roman Catholic
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a non-Church of England denomination located somewhere in Durham, but the exact parish has not been identified

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. 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]

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]

Durham St Oswald on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England,( 1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 11 December 2013.