MEA House, the Society’s Research Centre and Library


On arrival members and visitors sign in at the Reception Desk. Belongings you do not immediately require can be left in lockers or on coat hangers. Photocopies can be collected or requested at the Reception Desk. The Society’s publications can also be ordered or purchased here. Percy House Newcastle upon Tyne Reception Area
search family history for free uk Refreshments for researchers are available in the Cafe on the ground floor at MEA House
Our computers give access to the extensive and ever-growing database of Northumberland and Durham Parish Records, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, and Monumental Inscriptions.There are also local census records. FindmyPast and Ancestry are also available. Many other sources of information are available on-line here as well. Family History Computer Search Room
Family History microfiche Research Our large collection of microfiche is also a source of similar material. In addition we hold the Old Parish Records for Scotland, the International Genealogical Index, various parish records from elsewhere in the country and more besides.
In addition to printed copies of much of the parish records held on computer, the Library houses a significant collection of books on the region and local history including for example trade directories and maritime records. There are local Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist records as well as some parish records of neighbouring counties. Library
Family History Library Will Indexes and information on War Memorials as well as back-copies of the Society’s Journal may be consulted. We also have a collection of original Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates kindly donated by researchers.

Visiting the Library and Research Centre

MEA House is located on the south side of Ellison Place, off Northumberland Street, along Saville Rod, across John Dobson Street.

It is only a few minutes walk away from a Metro Station ( Monument, or Haymarket) or a Bus Station (Eldon Square, or Haymarket).

(*Monument Metro Station is one stop from Newcastle Central Station).

There are several car parks in the immediate area.

The Research Centre is located on the 3rd Floor and can easily be reached by lift.


If you wish to use a computer or fiche reader it is advisable to telephone and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

At this present time it is uncertain when the Library & Research Centre will open again to researchers.

Refreshments for Researchers are available at the Cafe located on ground floor at MEA House.

Opening Hours

To be announced.

NDFHS Library & Research Centre    –   4th January 2021

                                                                                                    The Society will be moving to their new premises on Tuesday 26 January 2021

                                                                                                     It is uncertain when it will open again for researchers to carry out research at 


                                                                                                     Sales Orders are still being dispatched.

                                                                                                     Please do not send any Research Requests in as there are no volunteers available

                                                                                                     to carry out enquiries at this time.







3rd Floor
MEA House
Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Telephone: U.K. (0191) 261 2159
Overseas: +44 191 261 2159


Last updated 29th January 2019