Esh, Durham Genealogy

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

Esh, Durham
Esh St Michael Co Durham.jpg
Esh St Michael Co Durham
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Chester
County Durham, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Lanchester
Registration District Durham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1567
Bishop's Transcripts: 1795
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]

ESH, or ASH, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Lanchester, W division of Chester ward, N division of the county of Durham, 5 miles WNW from Durham. There is a Roman Catholic chapel in the village; and at a short distance to the east is the Roman Catholic College of Ushaw. [1]

Additional information:
Esh was created as a parish from the ancient parish of Lanchester, Durham Genealogy and had an old chapelry on the site until the church of St Michael was built in 1770, rebuilding the chapelry and forming a parish. Ushaw, Ushaw Moor, Esh Village, Esh Winning and Langley Park are within the parish and subsequent parishes were created from within the 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]

Esh parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
Esh Online Parish Records


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To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

  • Durham University Library Archives and Special Collection Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/103 Date: March 1795
  • Contents: Including transcripts from Satley, August 1796-August 1797, 1802, 1820 DDR/EA/PBT/2/219
  • Related material at DULASC:
  • Some Esh transcripts May 1763-1803 are included with Lanchester transcripts DDR/EA/PBT/2/164
  • Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. The transcripts May 1763-1867 should be considered along Lanchester transcripts which include Esh transcripts for May 1763-1807. Esh is also included Durham Bishop's Transcripts: The Howe Manuscript Collection
  • Transcripts for Satley County Durham for the years August 1796-August 1797, 1802, 1820 are also included (see also the Satley transcripts)
  • 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. The Parish Registers for the period 1567-1981 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Esh).

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

Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • Roman Catholic

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]

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Websites[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 181-186. Adapted. Date accessed: 11 December 2013.
  2. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.