Stanhope, Durham Genealogy

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

Stanhope, Durham
Stanhope St Thomas the Apostle Co Durham.jpg
Stanhope St Thomas the Apostle Co Durham
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Darlington
County Durham, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Weardale
Registration District Weardale
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 County Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

STANHOPE (St. Thomas the Apostle), a small town, a parish, and the head of the union of Weardale, in the NW division of Darlington ward, S division of the county of Durham. There are meeting-houses for dissenters in various parts of the parish.[1]

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]

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

PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[2]
Stanhope 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 Collections DDR/EA/PBT/2/239 August 1762-1833

  • Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. These include some transcripts for June 1771-1812 for St John's Chapel-in-Weardale.
  • There is also a separate series of transcripts for St John's Chapel-in-Weardale. Reference number: DDR/EA/PBT/2/264 Date: May 1774-1840
  • Related material at DULASC: Some St John's Chapel-in-Weardale transcripts June 1771-1812 are included with Stanhope transcripts DDR/EA/PBT/2/239 The St John's Chapel-in-Weardale transcript images have not yet been loaded and await 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.
  • The Parish Registers for the period 1609-1974 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/St).
  • FamilySearch Historical Records includes England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds and Allegations - FamilySearch Historical Records
Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

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]

Stanhope on Genuki

References[edit | edit source]

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