21 July 2022 – AGM Update



SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2022 at 11am
Church Lane
(Not the Village Hall as previously announced)

Google Map


Coffee served before the AGM



BY CAR: Limited car parking is available at the Millennium Hall, Church Lane NE44 6DP for SatNavs (please car share if possible).
BY BUS: The Tyne Valley 10 bus (operated by Go-Ahead) runs between Newcastle Eldon Square and Hexham. The major stops are Newcastle, Metrocentre, Blaydon, Ryton, Crawcrook, Prudhoe, and Stocksfield travelling west, and Hexham bus station and Corbridge travelling east.

In either direction, please alight at The Wellington pub.

From Newcastle etc walk along back a few metres to Whiteside, $$$ turn right and then turn right on to Church Lane and the Millennium Hall (about 100 metres).

From Hexham, cross A695 at the traffic lights, ***turn left towards Whiteside and follow directions above at $$$

NB Do NOT get the 10A or 10B services from Eldon Square.

BY TRAIN: Riding Mill station is on the Newcastle to Carlisle line. If travelling from Hexham or Corbridge you will have to walk up metal stairs and over a footbridge – there are no lifts available. Then follow the directions below.

From Newcastle just exit the station, walk along Station Approach towards The Wellington, cross the A695 at the traffic lights, then follow the instructions at *** above.

From the Station to the Millennium Hall is about 250 metres.




19 July 2022 – Trade Directories

The Society has made a number of business directories available for members to download. The directories include:

  • 1787 Whiteheads Directory of Newcastle and Gateshead
  • 1829 Pigot’s Directory of Northumberland
  • 1833 Ihler’s Directory of Newcastle and Gateshead and their suburbs
  • 1838-39 Richardson’s Newcastle and Gateshead Directory
  • 1846 Walker’s Almanack and Directory for Durham [city]
  • 1847 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1848 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1849 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1850 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1851 Hagar & Co’s Directory of County Durham
  • 1852 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1853 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1854 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1857 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1858 Walker’s Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1861 Walkers Durham Directory and Almanac
  • 1870-71 Christies Directory of Newcastle & Gateshead
  • 1873-74 Christies Newcastle & Gateshead Directory

To access the directories, follow this link directories

16 July 2022 – Annual General Meeting 2022

The Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place on Saturday 24th September 2022 at 11am in the Riding Mill Millennium Hall. Map

This will be followed by a presentation by Mark Hatton on “The Iconography of Ancient Gravestones”.
Further detail will appear in the Autumn Journal and on this Webpage when available.

9 June 2022 – New maps available

Alan Gibson has produced new maps for Co. Durham and the adjacent areas during lock down.
They are released and available from the Society’s Shop

7 June 2022 – Summer 2022 Journal Available

The Society’s Summer journal has just been published.
Members who have chosen to receive the journal via email will have received it this afternoon.
Members who have chosen to receive the journal in the post will receive it in the next few days.
All members can access the current and previous issues of the journal through the Members Home page.

28 Apr 2022 – Changes to our Website

The Society has made the following changes to our Website:

Family Research Interests

This is a new facility which will allow:

  • a member to record details of their ancestors (originating member)
  • other members to search and identify possible common ancestors.
  • a message to be sent by the researcher to the originating member without revealing details of the originating member (e.g. name or email address).

Cause papers and Proctor’s papers relating to court cases in the church courts

This is a new database of people identified in court documents. It is a small database at present (aprox 3,500 records) but will grow over time.

Changes to the Wills and Census forms to make the results clearer

27 Apr 2022 – New Acting Chairman

To All Members
To advise that, as from today, Douglas Burdon is Acting Chairman of the Society – acting until the next Annual General Meeting.

At the last Annual General Meeting on 26 October 2021, Joyce Jackman gave six month’s notice of standing down as Chairman, as well as giving up the positions of Acting Events Coordinator, Acting Publicity Officer, and Acting V​olunteer Coordinator. Joyce is remaining as an Elected Trustee.

17 April 2022 – Data added to our parish databases

New baptisms, marriages, burials and MIs records loaded into our database
• Baptisms 27,184
• Marriages 10,320
• Burials 23,478
• Monumental Inscriptions 360

11 April 2022 – Family History Festival on 28th May

The NDFHS, in partnership with Newcastle City Libraries, is holding a Family History Festival on the 28th May 2022 between 10am and 3pm.
The event will take place in the Bewick Hall, City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge St, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8AX.

As well as the NDFHS, the following organisations will be present:

  • Tyne and Wear Archives
  • Northumberland Archives
  • Weardale Museum
  • West End Local History Group

Speaking at the event will be:

  • 10.30am Winfred Stokes – Victorian Women and their money.
  • 11:45am Anthea Lang – Those Capable Collinsons 1810.
  • 1.30pm John Heckles – DNA Family History.

17 Jan 2022 – Changes to the Membership System

The Society has made changes to the Membership System on the NDFHS Website.
Once you have logged in, click on the My Account button on the right hand side of the screen.
Through the My account form, you can:

  • Change your name, postal address, telephone number or email address
  • View your subscription payments
  • Change your password
  • Renew your membership

Also, there is a new option when you renew your subscription.
If you are a regular visitor to the Mea House, you can decide to collect your copy of the journal from the Research Centre.
This removes the possibility of it getting lost in the post.
Don’t worry, if you have not collected the journal by the end of the month, it will be posted to you.

Last updated: 21st July 2022