Witton Gilbert Genealogical Records

Witton Gilbert Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts (1700-1900)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Durham Baptism Transcripts (1567-1927)

Transcriptions of Durham baptisms covering most Anglican places of worship.

Durham BMD (1837-2010)

An index to Durham births, marriages and deaths for selected years. Includes some post-2005 entries not included in other indices.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

Witton Gilbert Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts (1700-1900)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Witton Gilbert Marriage Registers (1568-1837)

Details on those who married at Witton Gilbert between 1568 and 1837. Information given usually includes abode and marital status. After April 1837 father's names and ages are recorded.

Durham Marriage Index (1521-1921)

An index to marriages that took place in 124 places of worship in Durham.

Durham BMD (1837-2010)

An index to Durham births, marriages and deaths for selected years. Includes some post-2005 entries not included in other indices.

Witton Gilbert Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts (1700-1900)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds (1692-1900)

Digital images of marriage bonds ordered by year, not indexed. These bonds record intention to marry and may include details not recorded in parish registers.

Durham Diocese Marriage Bonds Calendar (1594-1815)

Browsable images containing vital details extracted from marriage bonds.

St Michael & All Angels, Witton Gilbert Burials (1570-1776)

Burial records covering those buried at St Michael & All Angels, Witton Gilbert_. This resource is an index and may not include all the details that were recorded in the burial registers from which they were extracted.

Witton Gilbert Church Records

Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts (1700-1900)

Browsable images of summaries of registers of baptisms, marriages and burials.

Witton Gilbert Parish Registers (1568-1837)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at Witton Gilbert. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Durham Parish Registers (1521-1982)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at Durham. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

England Parish Registers (1914-2013)

Documentation for those baptised, married and buried at England. Parish registers can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

England Parish Registers (1817-1934)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though extremely useful to the present. Their records can assist tracing a family back numerous generations.

Witton Gilbert Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

County Durham Hearth Tax (1666)

A name index to records recording taxes levied against owners of hearths in County Durham.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Witton Gilbert Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills (PPV) (1384-1858)

A index to testators whose will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. They principally cover those who lived in the lower two thirds of Britain, but contain wills for residents of Scotland, Ireland, British India and other countries. A copy of each will may be purchased for digital download.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills (Subscription) (1384-1858)

An index and digital images of PCC wills, available on a subscription basis.

Unclaimed Estates in England & Wales (1980-Present)

The names of deceased individuals whose estates have not been inherited. Includes name and date & place of death. Other details may include date and place of birth, marital status, aliases and spouse's name.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Newspapers Covering Witton Gilbert

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette (1873-1904)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the Sunderland district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough (1870-1900)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Middlesbrough district. Includes family announcements.

Shields Daily Gazette (1855-1904)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the South Shields district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

North & South Shields Gazette (1855)

A newspaper containing shipping intelligence, local news and family announcements.

Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury (1846-1872)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Newcastle upon Tyne district. Includes family announcements.

Witton Gilbert Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Witton Gilbert Cemeteries

County Durham Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Durham's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Durham Monumental Inscriptions (1700-1985)

An index to vital details engraved on 1000s of gravestones and other monuments across the county of Durham.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Witton Gilbert Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Durham (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Durham (1902)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of Durham (1894)

A directory of settlements in County Durham detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Durham (1890)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Post Office Directory of Northumberland & Durham (1858)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892)

This collection lists brief details on 1.55 million criminal cases in England and Wales between 1791 and 1892. Its primary use is to locate specific legal records, which may give further details on the crime and the accused. Details may include the accused's age, nature of crime, location of trial and sentence. Early records can contain a place of birth.

Old Bailey Online (1674-1913)

A database of almost 200,000 fully transcribed criminal cases. Access to original documents is also provided. Records may provide ages and place of birth.

Witton Gilbert Taxation Records

County Durham Hearth Tax (1666)

A name index to records recording taxes levied against owners of hearths in County Durham.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Witton Gilbert Land & Property Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Return of Owners of Land England (1873)

A list of landowners in England giving their primary residence, extent of their land and estimated yearly rental.

Witton Gilbert Occupation & Business Records

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

North England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the north of England.

Lost Pubs of Durham (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

UK Medical Registers (1859-1959)

Books listing doctors who were licensed to operate in Britain and abroad. Contains doctor's residencies, qualification and date of registration.

Witton Gilbert School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Witton Gilbert

Victoria County History: Durham (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Witton Gilbert Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Durham (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

County Durham Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Durham's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Witton Gilbert Military Records

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls (1914-1920)

Index and original images of over 5 million medal index cards for British soldiers It can be searched by individual's name, Coprs, Unit and Regiment. Due to the loss of many WWI service records, this is the most complete source for British WWI soldiers

British Army WWI Service Records (1914-1920)

This rich collection contains contains records for 1.9 million non-commissioned officers and other ranks who fought in WWI. Due to bomb damage in WWI, around 60% of service records were lost. Documents cover: enlistment, medical status, injuries, conduct, awards and discharge. A great deal of genealogical and biographical documentation can be found in these documents, including details on entire families, physical descriptions and place of birth.

Silver War Badges (1914-1920)

An index to nearly 900,000 military personnel who were awarded the Silver War Badge for sustaining injures. Records include rank, regimental number, unit, dates of enlistment and discharge, and reason for discharge.

Witton Gilbert Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Witton Gilbert Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Durham (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

History and Antiquities of Durham (1066-1823)

Describes the parishes in the three wards: Chester, Stockton and Darlington.

Durham Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Durham.

St George's Police Orphanage (1898-1956)

A website with extensive historical articles on an orphanage that took in children from police officers in the northern counties. Contains a list of children admitted.

Durham Windmills (1998-Present)

An index of windmills in the county, with brief notes and some photographs.

Biographical Directories Covering Witton Gilbert

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Witton Gilbert Maps

Maps of Durham (1607-1920)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Maps of England (1360-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the country.

Witton Gilbert Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Witton Gilbert Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • York province
    • Durham diocese
      • Durham archdeaconry
        • Chester Le Street deanery

    Historical Description

    WITTON GILBERT is a parish, occupying a pleasant situation in a warm, sheltered valley on the road from Durham to Lanchester, with a station about one mile from the village on the Durham and Consett branch of the North Eastern railway, 3 ½ miles north-west from Durham and 5 ½ south-west from Chester-le-Street, in the Mid division of the county, western division of Chester ward, petty sessional division and county court district of Durham, Chester-le-Street union, rural deanery, archdeaconry and diocese of Durham. The church of St. Michael was taken down (with the exception of the chancel) and rebuilt in 1863: the present building is of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle and a western turret containing 2 bells: there are 200 sittings. The register dates from the year 1572 and is in good and perfect condition. The living is a rectory, average tithe rent-charge £253, gross yearly value £332, including 25 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Durham, and held since 1889 by the Rev. Arthur Watts of the University of Durham. There is a Methodist New Connexion chapel here. The reading room, formerly a schoolroom, is well supplied with the local papers, magazines &c. There are charities to the amount of £4 yearly. Here was formerly a small hospital for lepers founded by Bishop Pudsey. Witton Hall now occupies the site. At Earls house is the County Industrial school. The chief landowners are the Dean and Chapter of Durham, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the Earl of Durham and the University of Durham, each of whom claim manorial rights, but there are several small freeholders. The soil is sandy and gravelly and loamy; the subsoil, gravelly and sandy. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, turnips and potatoes. The area of the parish is 2,535 acres; rateable value, £11,170; the population in 1881 was 3,430.

    Schools

    National School (mixed), built in 1845 & enlarged in 1865, 1877, for 200 children; average attendance, 130; & has an endowment of £10 yearly.

    Durham County Industrial School, Earls house.

    Kelly's Directory of Durham (1890)

    Surnames Found in Witton Gilbert

    RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
    1Smith651.41
    2Robson631.37
    3Hunter521.13
    4Bell491.07
    5Robinson471.02
    6Hutchinson461.00
    7Green400.87
    8Carr390.85
    9Hall380.83
    10Dawson360.78
    11Nicholson350.76
    12Brown340.74
    13Clark340.74
    14Liddell330.72
    15Walton320.70
    16Walker320.70
    17Curran320.70
    18Lawson310.67
    19Wardle300.65
    20Cummings300.65
    21Jackson280.61
    22Pearson250.54
    23Atkinson240.52
    24Gibson230.50
    25Taylor230.50
    26Barker220.48
    27Hancock210.46
    28Adamson210.46
    29Murphy210.46
    30Richardson210.46
    31Wilson200.44
    32Fawcett200.44
    33Hedley200.44
    34Armstrong200.44
    35Glynn200.44
    36Pickering190.41
    37Kelly190.41
    38Rutter190.41
    39Johnson190.41
    40Simpson190.41
    41Winter180.39
    42Cuthbert180.39
    43Moran180.39
    44Young180.39
    45Greenwell180.39
    46Lee180.39
    47Patterson180.39
    48Hughes180.39
    49Scott180.39
    50Oliver180.39
    51Holmes170.37
    52Watson170.37
    53Allen170.37
    54Appleby170.37
    55Hodgson170.37
    56O'Neil160.35
    57Ramsay160.35
    58Fleming160.35
    59Mitchell160.35
    60Milward160.35
    61Musgrove160.35
    62Parker160.35
    63Linskey150.33
    64Potter150.33
    65Ashcroft150.33
    66Bamborough150.33
    67Forster150.33
    68Burke150.33
    69Lumsdon150.33
    70Rutherford150.33
    71Coates150.33
    72Peacock150.33
    73Hardy150.33
    74Adams140.30
    75Winstanley140.30
    76Conner140.30
    77Ritchie140.30
    78Blenkinsop140.30
    79Cole140.30
    80Miles140.30
    81Dixon140.30
    82Short140.30
    83Thompson140.30
    84Wright140.30
    85Mordue130.28
    86Park130.28
    87Anderson130.28
    88Humes130.28
    89Beadling130.28
    90Dodds130.28
    91Henderson130.28
    92Chapman130.28
    93Parkin130.28
    94Donnelly130.28
    95Bailey130.28
    96Rowell120.26
    97Bates120.26
    98Claughan120.26
    99Oughton120.26
    100Bile120.26

    * Statistics based on the 1881 census