Durham Bishop's Transcripts Baptisms

Over 741,000 records have been added to our collection of Durham Bishop's Transcripts of Baptisms. Bishop's transcripts are contemporary copies of parish registers and usually contain the same vital details found in parish registers such as baptism place, baptism date, residence, patent's names and father's occupation.

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The boundaries of the Diocese of Durham has changes over time and this collection includes records form modern day Cumberland, Northumberland, and Yorkshire. A full list of the available parishes is available within the Durham Bishop's Transcripts parish lists.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Marriages

More than 296,000 transcripts of marriages are now available to search. Including both images and transcripts, these records can provide you with your ancestor's marriage date, marriage place, father's name, witness's names and corresponding details for their spouse.

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From 1598, every parish was required to create bishop's transcripts. These were abbreviated copies of the parish's registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials. These copies were sent to the bishop. They are a valuable resource, particularly if the original parish registers have not survived.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Burials

Over 554,000 new burial records have been added to our collection of Durham Bishops transcripts. Search these records to discover your ancestor's burial place, year of death and religious denomination. The records are copies of original parish registers and contain records of both Anglican and Quaker burials.

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The original records are held in the Durham University Library and the images were captured by FamilySearch and the records have been transcribed by Findmypast.

National Burial Index for England & Wales

The National Burial Index continues to grow with over 410,000 additional records. This latest update includes new records covering a variety of locations across Essex, Bradford, Durham and North Yorkshire. Each record consist of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor's birth year, death year, burial date, burial place and denomination.

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The majority of the records cover the period from 1813 - 1850 but the index does extend significantly in both directions from these dates. For further information about the Federation of Family History Societies and our contributing member societies please consult the articles available in the Useful Links and Resources.

International Records Update – Jamaica

Jamaica is the latest country to join or rapidly expanding collection of international records. This week's update includes five new sets encompassing over 2.4 million parish and civil register entries for births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials dating back to the mid-17th century.

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The Jamaican collections currently available to search include:

  • Jamaica Birth and Baptism Index 1752-1920
  • Jamaica, Church of England Parish Baptisms 1664-1880
  • Jamaica, Civil Birth Registrations
  • Jamaica, Civil Death Registrations
  • Jamaica, Civil Marriage Registrations

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 121,734 new pages to our collection of historical British newspapers. We have three new titles covering the west London area, the Ealing Leader, the Hayes & Harlington Gazette and the Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette. The publication of these titles is made possible thanks to our ongoing partnership with Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror).

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We also have extensive updates to the Reading Evening Post this week, with just under 40,000 pages added. We have also added the year 1986 to the Staines & Ashford News.