Northumberland family history: The best free websites
Start your Northumberland family history research with our guide to the best online records
Northumberland’s proximity to Scotland, as a site for border wars, reivers’ raids and rebellions, means that the county’s breathtaking landscape is peppered with fortified farm houses.
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For family historians on the hunt, there are numerous archives that may hold material relating to your kin. For that reason local expertise is invaluable, so the website of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society may prove a useful starting point. You can also try the following websites to find free Northumberland family history records online:
Northumberland family history: The best websites
Highlights on FamilySearch include images of Bishops’ Transcripts from parishes in Durham, Northumberland, and parts of Cumberland and York (1639–1919).
This Durham University project has created a digital-image catalogue of more than 150,000 wills and related archives from the region.
This website is the result of a project that aims to record every war memorial located between the River Tweed and River Tees.
Trade directories are a great way of tracing your family history. This University of Leicester website has historical trade directories from Northumberland.
Jonathan Scott is the author of A Dictionary of Family History