Durham St Giles, Durham Genealogy

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Durham St Giles

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

Durham St Giles, Durham
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Durham City
County Durham
Poor Law Union Durham
Registration District Durham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1584
Bishop's Transcripts: 1777
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Easington
Diocese Durham
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Durham (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Durham Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

An ancient parish the church was built and consecrated by Bishop Flambard who consecrated it in 1112. The church underwent restoration in 1874.

DURHAM, a city, the capital of the county of Durham, and the head of a union, 67 miles ESE from Carlisle, 87 NE from Lancaster, 67 NW by W from York. The city is surmounted by the cathedral and the remains of the ancient castle, together with other ecclesiastical residences. The college was established at the same time as the university. The city comprises several parishes: St. Giles (1584), St. Mary Le Bow (1571), St. Mary-the-less (1560), St. Nicholas' (1540), St. Oswald's (1538), St. Margaret's (1557), as well as The (Durham) Cathedral (1609). The parish of Durham St Oswald's also includes the village and chapelry of Shincliffe (1826) and part of the chapelry of Croxdale (1696) [see also Merrington Parish]. The chapelries of Belmont and St Cuthbert were built respectively in the years 1858 and 1863 both of which also stood within the boundary of Durham ancient parish.

There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists, and Roman Catholics. [1]

Additional information: St. Giles, or Gilligate, containing 3396 inhabitants, is a perpetual curacy; patrons, the Marquess and Marchioness of Londonderry. The church has various Norman portions, but the general style resembles that of the Galilee chapel of the cathedral.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes[edit | edit source]
St Giles Parish Durham (1584) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1584-1812; 1844-1893 1584-1814 None

None None None

None None None
Durham Cathedral (1609) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1609-1874 1610-1836 None

None None None

None None None
St Cuthbert Chapelry Durham (1814) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1814-1912 None None

None None None

None None None
St Margaret Parish Durham (1558) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1558-1812;1851-1854 1558-1812;1851-1854 None

None None None

None None None
St Mary le Bow Parish Durham (1572) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1572-1813 1573-1814 None

None None None

None None None
St Mary the Less Durham Parish (1560) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1813-1841 None None
FMP None
St Nicholas Parish Durham (1540) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1540-1812 1540-1812 None

None None None
St Oswald Parish Durham (1538) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1538-1761 1538-1751 None

None None None
Belmont Chapelry (1858) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1858-1894 1858-1898 None

None None None
Shincliffe Chapelry Durham (1826) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1826-1904 1826-1902 1826-1903

None None None
FMP None

For a full list of all the parishes and chapels of the City of Durham comprising the whole ancient boundary of Durham parish, be certain to see "Church Records" on the Durham Cathedral, Durham PARISH page.

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.

  • The Parish Registers for the period 1584-1975 are deposited at Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL (EP/Du.SG).
  • Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections DDR/EA/PBT/2/82 1777-1857
  • Parish Register transcripts are available to search free online at FamilySearch Historical Records. The image collection for this parish commences at image 2 of 640. Image 1 displays an *"Image unavailable" message and our engineers are aware of this issue and it will be addressed in future.

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.

Non Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
  • Methodist New Connexion
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Society of Friends (Quaker)
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a non-Church of England denomination located somewhere in Durham, but the exact parish has not been identified

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Durham st Giles on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848), pp. 110-121. Adapted. Date accessed: 12 December 2013.