Pay for a brief search for a specific entry in a single document in our records.
The search is limited to a single year (newspaper searches are limited to a single issue).
Quick Search includes a photocopy or microfilm print of the entry (if found), scanned and sent as an email attachment.
We will respond to your enquiry by email.
Before you apply
The £5 search fee is not refundable. If you are not sure that we hold the records you want us to search, please check first with the Record Office.
Apply for birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates separately, from County of Durham Registration Service.
Check what Church Registers we keep.
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Example: .../DRO 04/2 3 July 2017
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Give specific details of the object of the search, the record you want us to search and the year or exact date to be covered, for example:
Baptism of John Kirkup in Haughton le Skerne parish register in 1881
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It is not always possible to find or verify information due to the nature of the records, and while every effort will be made to provide accurate and complete information, Durham County Council cannot be responsible for any errors and omissions.
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If we find the entry you are looking for, you can pay extra for a high quality digital or a certified copy. Select the option now but pay for this later. We will email you to request the additional payment.
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I declare that
(a) I have not previously been supplied with a copy of the same material by you or any other archivist or librarian;
(b) I will not use the copy except for research for a non-commercial purpose or private study and will not supply a copy of it to any other person;
(c) to the best of my knowledge no other person with whom I work or study has made or intends to make at or about the same time as this request a request for substantially the same material for substantially the same purpose;
(d) I do not judge it to be an infringement of copyright to receive the copy;
(e) (unpublished manuscripts only) to the best of my knowledge the work had not been published before the document was deposited in your archive and the copyright owner had not prohibited copying of the work.
I understand that if the declaration is false in a material particular the copy supplied to me will be an infringing copy and that I shall be liable for infringement of copyright as if I had made the copy myself.
I understand that I cannot reproduce any copies I receive in any format (hard copy/digital/online), now or in the future, without first applying for permission from Durham County Record Office.