Wark, Northumberland Genealogy

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

Wark, Northumberland
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Tindale
County Northumberland, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Bellingham
Registration District Bellingham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1818
Bishop's Transcripts: 1818
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Bellingham
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Northumberland Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

WARK, a parish, in the union of Bellingham, N. W. division of Tindale ward, S. division of Northumberland; containing, with the townships of Warksburn, and Shitlington High and Low Quarter. The parish is one of the six into which Simonburn was divided in 1814, under the authority of an act of parliament obtained in 1811 exclusively of the ground. The Presbyterians and Wesleyans have places of worship.[1]

Additional information:

Wark St Michael is an Ecclesiastical Parish created in 1811 from chapelry in Simonburn Ancient Parish and includes: Acklington, Amble, High Shitlington, Low Shitlington, Shitlington High Quarter, Shitlington Low Quarter, and Warksburn. The church, erected in 1814-18, at the cost of the Governors of Greenwich Hospital, at a cost, including the rectory house, of £7,410, is a plain edifice of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of quasi-chancel, nave and an embattled western tower containing one bell: it was reseated with open benches, re-decorated throughout, and a new oak pulpit and lectern introduced in 1883-4, at a cost of £550, raised by subscription; the chancel was restored, and a stained east window and reredos erected at the same time, at the expense of Mrs. Taylor, of Chipchase Castle; the stone font, a memorial to the Rev. Hugh Taylor M.A. some time curate in charge here, who died April 9th, 1883, was presented by Miss Taylor of Humshaugh; in the vestry is a Sunday School library of 200 volumes; there are 180 sittings, all free. The register dates from the year 1818. The living is a rectory, tithe rent-charge £280, net yearly value £270, including 9 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Lords of the Admiralty, and held since 1888 by the Rev. William Edmund Smith B.A. of St. John's College, Cambridge." [Kelly's Durham and Northumberland Directory (1890), p.1065.]

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]

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

FS PRs = England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950 (FamilySearch) - free
FS Marr = England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1692-1900 (FamilySearch) - free
FS BTs = England, Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts, 1639-1919 (FamilySearch) - free
FS Misc = England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records, 969-2007 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FREG = FreeREG - free
FMP = Northumberland and Durham Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
TGEN = Northumberland Parish Records (TheGenealogist) - ($)[2]
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Wark Online Parish Records
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FS Misc
FS 1538-1975
FREG 1538-1900s
FMP 1538-1990
TGEN 1700s-1800s






FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

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. 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]

Bellingham Poor Law Union, Northumberland Genealogy

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). Adapted. Date accessed: 13 August 2013.
  2. Searching Parish Records online (Northumberland) - The Following Parishes are Available at TheGenealogist, ParishRegister.co.uk, accessed 23 April 2019.
  3. ArcherSoftware.co.uk

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