Whickham, Durham Genealogy

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

Gotoarrow.png Durham Parishes include: Fellside, Lowland Dunston, Lowside, Swallwell, and Swalwell.


Whickham, Durham
Whickhan St Mary the Virgin Co Durham.jpg
Type Ancient parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Chester
County Durham, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Gateshead
Registration District Gateshead
Records begin
Parish registers: 1576
Bishop's Transcripts: 1767
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]

WHICKHAM (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Gateshead, E division of Chester ward, N division of the county of Durham. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.[1]

Additional information:
Whickham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Durham.

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]

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

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

Baptisms
Marriages
Burials

Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
PALL

1790-1812


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/2/266 April 1767-1853
  • Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records.

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 1576-1983 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Whm).

The following records for churches in the ancient parish of Whickham are also available at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL:

  • Dunston, Christ Church 1872-1976 (EP/Dun.CC).
  • Dunston, St. Nicholas 1929-1978 (EP/Dun.SN).
  • Swalwell 1905-1989 (EP/Swa).

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


Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • Presbyterian
  • Primitive Methodist
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • United Presbyterian Church of Scotland
  • Wesleyan Methodist

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]

Whickham on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England,(1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 10 December 2013.
  2. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.