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

Greatham, Durham
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Stockton
County Durham
Poor Law Union Stockton
Registration District Hartlepool
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559
Bishop's Transcripts: 1769
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Stockton
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Durham Record Office


Parish History

GREATHAM, a parish, in the union of Stockton, N. E. division of Stockton ward, S. division of the county of Durham, 7 miles (N. E. by N.) from Stockton.[1]

Additional information: Greatham St John the Baptist was built over the foundations of a Saxon building by Bishop Stichell of Durham in 1270. Rebuilt in 1792, additions made in 1869 and 1881.


Civil Registration

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

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/2/116 1769-1856 Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. The  1709-1710 transcripts also appear in Durham Bishop's Transcripts: The Howe Manuscript Collection

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 1559-1982 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Gre).

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

Non Conformist Churches

Wesleyan Methodist

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241356.

Poor Law Unions

Stockton Poor Law Union, Durham

Probate records

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

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Greatham on GENUKI


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848). Adapted. Date accessed: 11 December 2013.
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