Explore thousands of baptism records from Durham by searching through these bishop’s transcripts. Bishop’s transcripts are contemporary copies of parish registers and usually contain the same vital details found in parish registers. Use the Durham Bishop’s Transcripts parish lists to find all the parishes represented in this collection.
With every result, you will find an image of the original records and a typed transcript of the vital facts in the original records. We always recommend viewing the original image. The typed transcripts will may include the following facts about your ancestor:
Register year range
The Durham Bishop’s Transcripts are copies of Durham’s original parish registers. In 1598, an act was passed which required all parishes to create a copy of the parish registers and send the copies to the bishop. Some bishop’s transcripts are inferior to the original parish registers and are only abbreviated versions.
The original books are held at the Durham University Library and the images have been captured by Family Search.
The boundaries of the Diocese of Durham has changes over time and this collection includes records form modern day Cumberland, Northumberland, and Yorkshire. A full list of the available parishes is available within the Durham Bishop’s Transcripts parish lists in the Useful links and resources section.