Ovingham Genealogical Records

Ovingham 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.

Northumberland Baptism Transcripts (1578-1918)

Transcriptions of baptisms in Northumberland covering around 50% of Anglican parishes.

Northumberland BMD (1837-2010)

An index to births, marriages and deaths recorded in the county. Includes a facility to order certificates.

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.

Ovingham Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

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.

Ovingham Marriage Registers (1679-1839)

Marriage registers are the primary source for marital documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They typically the record marital status and residence of the bride and groom.

Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts (1700-1900)

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

Northumberland Marriage Index (1540-1862)

An index to marriages from over 100 churches in the county of Northumberland.

Northumberland BMD (1837-2010)

An index to births, marriages and deaths recorded in the county. Includes a facility to order certificates.

Ovingham 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.

Ovingham Burial Registers (1679-1837)

Burial registers are the primary source for death documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date someone was buried, their age & residence. Details given may include the deceased's name, residence, age, names of relations, cause of death and more.

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.

Ovingham Church Records

Ovingham Parish Registers (1679-1839)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though useful to the present also.

Durham Diocese Bishop's Transcripts (1700-1900)

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

Northumberland Misc Records (1570-2005)

A wide collection of records, particularly those created by the government and church, such as electoral rolls, court of plea records, petty sessions and parish records.

Northumberland Catholic Documents (1665-1799)

Contains a register of Roman Catholic estates in Northumberland and the correspondence of Miles Stapylton, a Catholic from a gentry family.

Hexham & Newcastle Catholic Diocese (2000-Present)

Photographs and profiles of Catholic churches in the Diocese.

Ovingham 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.

Northumberland Misc Records (1570-2005)

A wide collection of records, particularly those created by the government and church, such as electoral rolls, court of plea records, petty sessions and parish records.

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.

Ovingham 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.

Diocese of Durham Probate Index (1527-1858)

An index to surviving wills, bonds and inventories proved by the Bishop of Durham's consistory court. The index contains name, occupation, residence, various dates and financial details.

North Country Wills (1383-1558)

Transcripts of several hundred wills, contains an index to people named within.

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.

Newspapers Covering Ovingham

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.

Morpeth Herald (1854-1948)

A local newspaper including news from the Morpeth district, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

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.

Newcastle Journal (1832-1915)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.

Ovingham 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.

Ovingham Cemeteries

Northumberland Church Monuments (1300-1900)

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

Northumberland Monumental Inscriptions (1700-1985)

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

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.

Mausolea and Monuments (1500-Present)

Profiles of several hundred mausolea found in the British Isles.

Ovingham Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Northumberland (1921)

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

Kelly's Directory of Northumberland (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 Northumberland (1894)

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 Northumberland (1890-1938)

A collection of directories detailing the history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents of Northumberland.

Kelly's Directory of Northumberland (1879)

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.

Northumberland Misc Records (1570-2005)

A wide collection of records, particularly those created by the government and church, such as electoral rolls, court of plea records, petty sessions and parish records.

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.

Ovingham Taxation 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.

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.

Testa De Nevill (1198-1251)

An account of knights' fees and serjeanties in the reigns of Henry the Third and Edward the First.

Ovingham Land & Property Records

Northumberland Catholic Documents (1665-1799)

Contains a register of Roman Catholic estates in Northumberland and the correspondence of Miles Stapylton, a Catholic from a gentry family.

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.

Ovingham Occupation & Business Records

Durham & Northumberland Mining Images (1844-Present)

Photographs and other images of Northumberland & Durham collieries.

Collieries of The North (1869-1991)

Profiles of collieries in the north of England, with employment statistics, profiles of those who died in the mines and photographs.

Folk Archive of The North East (1694-1950)

A searchable database of artifacts relating to the history of music in Northumberland.

Northern Mining Disasters (1705-1975)

Reports of mining distastes, includes lists of the deceased and photographs of monuments.

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.

Ovingham 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 Ovingham

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire (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.

Ovingham Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire (1086-1900)

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

Northumberland Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Northumberland'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.

Ovingham Military Records

4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (1908-1918)

A detailed history of the battalion in the early 20th century. It includes photos, biographical details, battle reports and more.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

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

Ovingham 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.

Ovingham Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Northamptonshire (1086-1900)

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

Tyne and Wear Photos & Images (2000 BC-2000)

A database of over 15,000 images relating to the Tyne & Wear area. It includes postcards, photos, paintings, ceramics, monuments and more.

A History of Northumberland (1066-1890)

Two volumes detailing the history and geology of Northumberland and some of its parishes.

North-East Diary (1939-1945)

A chronicle of happenings in the counties of Northumberland, Durham and Yorkshire relating to the war in Europe. Contains much detail on ship building.

Northumberland Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Northumberland.

Biographical Directories Covering Ovingham

Who's Who in Northern Mining (1852-1910)

Abstract biographies of people connected with mining in the North of England.

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.

Ovingham Maps

Maps of Northumberland (1616-1920)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Collery Maps of The North (1807-1951)

A number of maps of northern England with the locations of collieries plotted.

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.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Ovingham 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.

Ovingham Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

OVINGHAM is a township, parish and village, on the north bank of the river Tyne, 11 miles west from Newcastle-on-Tyne and 10 east from Hexham, in the Hexham division of the county, east division of Tindale ward, Tynedale petty sessional division, Hexham and Castle Ward unions, Hexham county court district, rural deanery of Corbridge, archdeaconry of Northumberland and diocese of Newcastle. Prudhoe station on the Newcastle and Carlisle section of the North Eastern railway is a quarter of a mile south on the opposite bank of the river, over which there is an iron bridge. The village is well supplied with water. The church of St. Mary is a cruciform building of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, transepts, porch and a low tower of massive masonry, with belfry windows of coupled lights, divided by rude balusters, and containing 3 bells: the chancel retains two sedilia of early date, with trefoiled heads and modern shafts, and has a low side window: here also lie two altar stones, and several inscribed floor slabs, including one with arms and crest and a singular eulogistic epitaph to William Ovrd esq. ob. 27 April, 1630, and Ann his daughter, ob. 2 Dec. 1631; and others to the Addison family, and the Blacketts of Wylam: the transepts, which have western aisles, exhibit some good corbels, with the nail head ornament, and in the south transept is a piscina: both the chancel and transepts are lighted by tall narrow lancets, the east end having a triplet; in the porch is a grave slab bearing a cross: the tower is possibly Saxon: the church was restored in 1857, when the destroyed north aisle was rebuilt and the blocked arcade reopened: there are 500 sittings. In the churchyard are the graves of Thomas Bewick, the celebrated wood engraver, d. Nov. 8, 1828, his wife and his brother John, also an engraver, d. 1795. The register dates from the year 1679. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £150, with 3 acres of glebe, in the gift of Edward E. Bigge esq. and held since 1892 by the Rev. Charles Ernest Havelock Donnell B.A. of Christ Church, Oxford. The ancient rectory house once formed a part of a convent of Austin Canons, founded by one of the Umphravilles of Prudhoe, as a cell to the priory of Hexham; at its dissolution there were three canons, and revenues valued at £11: the existing building still shows some remains of early date, including a Decorated window of two trefoiled lights: the kitchen retains a noble fireplace, and in one of the upper rooms is a rich moulded cornice with “I. M.” and over the south door is the date 1692 and the letters “I. A." for one of the Addison family. A cemetery of two acres was formed in 1879, at a cost of £1,500: it has two mortuary chapels, and is under the control of a burial board of 9 members. Near the steps leading from the rectory garden to the river, are inscribed atones, marking the height of the flood, 17 Nov. 1771 and 31 Dec. 1815. There are charities of the annual value of £11 for distribution in money. Fairs were held on the 26th of April and the 26th of October, but are now discontinued. In the village is a modern cross, marking the site of the old toll-booth; the head is a copy of that of a former cross. The Duke of Northumberland K.G., P.C. who is lord of the manor, Edward Ellison Bigge esq. of 18 Onslow square, London, S.W. William Bedlington esq. and Alexander Wood esq. are the chief landowners. The soil is sandy; subsoil, gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans, with some land in pasture. The area of the township is 522 acres of land and 33 of water; rateable value, £1,592; the population in 1891 was 328.

National Schools (mixed), for 75 children; average attendance, 56.

Rudchester township, formerly in this parish, was in 1892 transferred to Heddon.

Kelly's Directory of Northumberland (1894)

Surnames Found in Ovingham

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Bell1281.73
2Robson1101.49
3Hall1001.35
4Brown971.31
5Armstrong891.20
6Dixon841.13
7Thompson831.12
8Charlton811.09
9Carr791.07
10Johnson791.07
11Robinson720.97
12Ridley700.95
13Tulip630.85
14Henderson620.84
15Harrison610.82
16Telford600.81
17Elliott590.80
18Cook550.74
19Watson520.70
20Jackson500.68
21Hunter490.66
22Turnbull490.66
23Davison470.63
24Batey460.62
25Smith460.62
26Wright440.59
27Hodgson440.59
28Coulson430.58
29Simpson400.54
30Forster400.54
31Murray390.53
32Taylor390.53
33Fletcher380.51
34Dunn380.51
35Potts380.51
36Richardson370.50
37White370.50
38Graham360.49
39Blackburn360.49
40Waugh350.47
41Rutherford350.47
42English340.46
43Frazer340.46
44Stoker340.46
45Gray340.46
46Walker330.45
47Storey330.45
48Appleby320.43
49Dodd320.43
50Marshall310.42
51Foster310.42
52West310.42
53Stokoe310.42
54Scott310.42
55Knox300.41
56Heslop290.39
57Green290.39
58Young290.39
59Bates280.38
60Whitfield280.38
61Greener270.36
62Lishman260.35
63Wilson250.34
64Dobson250.34
65Cairns250.34
66Lowes240.32
67Lamb240.32
68Walton240.32
69Rowell240.32
70Peel240.32
71Cheeseman240.32
72Moore240.32
73Wilkinson230.31
74Campbell230.31
75Shield220.30
76Nicholson220.30
77Patterson220.30
78Mason220.30
79Pattinson220.30
80Atkinson210.28
81Little210.28
82Reed200.27
83Barron200.27
84Newton200.27
85Nixon190.26
86Stewart180.24
87Collins180.24
88Soulsby180.24
89Humble180.24
90Dawson170.23
91Robertson170.23
92Davidson170.23
93Ripley170.23
94Gibson170.23
95Ramsey160.22
96Harle160.22
97Turner160.22
98Philipson160.22
99Gillis160.22
100Burns160.22