Northumberland & Durham

A quick access to resources in Durham & Northumberland where Shetlanders have migrated.

Rootsweb Mailing list
You can view the any of the mailing lists worldwide. However, should you wish to post on a particular list you need to register with that list.

Rootsweb Message board
You can view and post on any of the message boards worldwide. All you need is to register once with rootsweb. I tend to use this and post on boards worldwide. Both to request information on a particular family, or to surf boards looking for those trying to trace their Shetland ancestors.

Rootschat.com - Durham
RootsChat is essentially a forum that shows a lot of activity across all the sub-forums. These sub-forums cover a wide geographic reach, a common room, techincal help, useful links, a beginners, photograph restoration and deciphering. It does have good moderators on the popular boards and seems to cover a similar function to the Message boards with respect to content and active members.

Northumberland & Durham Family History Society
The Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society exists to assist and promote the study of genealogy and family history based on the North-East corner of Scotland. This area covers the old counties of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardineshire and Morayshire.

Northumberland & Durham

Sunderland, Registrars Indexes, online
You can search the database for births, deaths and marriages. Then apply should you want to purchase a certificate.

A short history of Durham
An extensive series of local histories written by a that has developed into a World History encyclopedia. Written by a history graduate of Lancaster University. For the family historian wanting to find out more about a particular place, or time, this is a useful resource.

I have provided a direct link to the local area. However, should you wish to explore this resource, here is the link to the main page.

The Northern Echo
The Northern Echo has a good coverage of news from Northumberland and Durham areas. It also has an announcements page that will allow you to search for recent births, deaths, engagements covering about the two years. This page is located from the dark navigation bar at the top or the bottom of the page.

Durham City Tourism (15 mins)

This will allow you to view a YouTube video that has been carefully selected by me. To view the video, press the arrow in the centre. When the video is running, you take the cursor over the bottom edge of the 'screen' then you will be able to stop/start and/or adjust the volume. Enjoy.

About this video

  • Some excellent video shots covering a wide selection of activities in Durham city.
  • Good professional capture and editing. Also, pleasant music.
  • If you are planning a visit to Durham city then this video is worth the length of 15 minutes playing time.