A selection of the best local and family history websites chosen by the Library's Information Team
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website to be taken to the page.
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and begin to uncover your family history.
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Births, Marriages & Deaths Records
This subscription site contains census records
from 1841 - 1911 for England & Wales and also Scotland. Among
the millions of other records on Ancestry Library Edition are the
Birth, Marriage and Death Index from 1837 to the present. Ancestry
Library Edition is available FREE of charge in all Northumberland
libraries. Don’t forget to click on the section with pink
background first – then minimise and choose the section you wish to
Free BMD (Births,
Marriages & Deaths)
Search the Births, Marriages & Deaths
Index (GRO Index) in England & Wales from 1837 free of charge.
This is an ongoing project and coverage is limited. From 1837 to
1910 records are fairly well covered but there are some gaps. The
home page has graphs showing the coverage of the index. The first
search box that appears on the site is an advert link - this is not
the search box for Free BMD - look below this for the link to the
correct search box. Free BMD can get very busy. Finally - don't
expect to get copies of birth or marriages certificates from this
site - it's simply an index to the register. To get copies of the
certificates you need to visit the General Records Office Site
General Records Office
To order a copy of certificate you need to
apply to the local registration office where the person was born,
married or died or the central General Records Office. You will be
sent a certificate at a reduced fee if you can provide the index
reference from Free BMD or Ancestry Library Edition.
Ancestry Library edition contains census
records from 1841 - 1911 for England & Wales and also Scotland.
Among the millions of other records on Ancestry Library Edition are
the Birth, Marriage and Death Index from 1837 to the present.
Ancestry Library Edition is available FREE of charge in all
FamilySearch.org is a non-profit service
sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Scotland's official genealogy site with 90
million records covering census records 1841 – 1911, Old Parochial
Records 1553 – 1854 . Birth Banns Marriage and Deaths from Parish
registers, Wills and Testaments 1902 – 1925 Register of Coats of
Arms. Please note you can often view indexes free of charge but to
view a document there is often a charge.
North East Resources
County Records Office
A catalogue of documents held in the County
Record Office - derived from the paper catalogues available in the
Search Room - compiled over a 40 year period. The site also has a
good collection of downloadable information leaflets.
Upon Tyne Register Office
A list of records held at Newcastle Register
Northumberland & Durham
Family History Society
Founded in 1975, based in Newcastle this
society helps its members, from beginners to experienced
researchers alike, to learn more about their ancestors, with
special emphasis on the Northumberland and Durham areas. New
members are welcome.
Northumberland Archives Service (formerly
Northumberland County Archives) - lists Northumberland archives,
local and family history services available throughout
Northumberland can be found here.
& Wear Archives
Tyne & Wear Archives Service is the record
office for the cities and metropolitan districts of Newcastle upon
Tyne, Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside and North Tyneside. It
preserves documents relating to the area from the 12th to the 21st
century, and the service is free for everyone to use.
British & Irish Genealogy
Genes Reunited is the UK's largest family tree
and genealogy website. Get started by registering FREE, try a
search or build your family tree. Discover your ancestors, explore
your family history, build your family tree, and contact lost
Geneology UK and Ireland describes itself as a
'virtual reference library' of genealogical information of
particular relevance to the UK & Ireland. It's a non-commercial
service and primarily the information in GENUKI relates to primary
historical material, rather than material resulting from
genealogists' ongoing research.
The National Archives collection is one of the
largest in the world and spans an unbroken period from the 11th
century to the present day.
Specialist in British & Irish Genealogy
Research featuring comprehensive and exclusive record collections
dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos
and books to browse. Access to the records is by subscription with
plans available for a 72 hour access or monthly, quarterly and
annual recurring subscriptions.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's database lists 1.7
million men and women of the Commonwealth in the Debt of Honour
Provides Web access to the Beckensall Archive:
a large database of panels of rock art by Neolithic and Early
Bronze Age people in Northumberland 3,500 – 6,000 years ago.. Also
tutorials, maps, video, audio and press clippings.
Archives & Catalogues
A description of archives held locally in
England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present
This is a unique opportunity to view an ever
expanding selection from the vast object collections held at
County Record Office
Find out how to trace your family history or
search the DRO Database for access to the catalogues of documents
we hold and the opportunity to view thousands of photographs.
Multilingual Inventory of
Cultural Heritage in Europe
MICHAEL-UK offers you simple and quick access
to the rich variety of digital material from UK museums, libraries
An introduction to Northumberland collection
Collections Service Electronic Catalogue
Our electronic catalogue contains textual
descriptions of in the region of 150000 records held by
Northumberland Collections Service.
The National Archives is the UK government’s
Tyne and Wear
Lists the holdings of Tyne and Wear Archives
for family and local history researchers.
The British Newspaper Archive contains
millions of pages of historical newspapers from the British Library
collection searchable by keyword, name, location, date or title.
You can only use this resource from within a library due to
licensing restrictions. You will need to register with your email
address when you first use the British Newspaper Archive. When you
next log in you will have access to the Archive and this will allow
access to the archive and to a personal My Research area. This
allows you to keep track of your searches and bookmark items into
folders plus add notes to aid your research.
Maps & Photographs
The Northumberland Communities website
contains a range of learning resource material that reflects
Northumberland’s heritage, providing a base for studying the
The Historic Village Atlas reveals how
seventeen historic village settlements in Northumberland National
Park have evolved over the centuries.
You can view over 300,000 images of England’s
built heritage from lamp posts to lavatories, phone boxes to toll
booths, mile stones to gravestones, as well as thousands of
bridges, historic houses and churches.
Old-Maps: The Online
Repository of Historical Maps
Free 1:10560 scale
Historical Mapping for the whole of the UK. Navigate directly to
your chosen area using our comprehensive County and Town
ViewFinder presents a selection of historic
and more recent photographs from the National Monuments Record's
Miscellaneous Local History
History and culture of the coal mining
industry in the North of England. Includes details of fatalities,
disaster and collieries and pits.
Northumberland as it was 200 years ago.
A day by day account of World War Two
incidents in North-East England with extensive background
A non-academic approach to the story of the
Anglo-Scottish Borders during the times of the Border Reivers.
The Lindisfarne Gospels are amongst the
greatest national treasures held by the British Library. This
website will link you with many resources to help you enjoy the
The Workhouse: The Story of
This site, www.workhouses.org.uk, is dedicated
to the workhouse — its buildings, inmates, staff and
administrators, even its poets...
Regional local studies resource for the North
East of England, with digitised material from libraries, museums
and record offices.