Houghton-le-Spring Genealogical Records, Burial Registers, Trade Directories & Memorial Transcriptions

The following records were researched, transcribed and digitised into a searchable format by local historian Paul Lanagan between 2002 and 2013.

The hundreds of hours of work have paid off as the records represent the historical burials in the two main locations in Houghton-le-Spring, the churchyard of St Michael & All Angels Church and its detached churchyard, Hillside Cemetery, as well as indexes to many local trade directories, and even Houghton Workhouse inmates and staff.

An old family photo taken by C.Plews on Sunderland Street

Name Lists which you can browse

Burials in St Michael & All Angels Churchyard 1581 - 1854

Burials in St Michael's Detached Churchyard (Hillside Cemetery) 1854 - 1971

Hillside Cemetery Memorial Inscriptions 1854 - 1971

Houghton-le-Spring Trade & Residential Directories 1827 - 1914

Houghton-le-Spring Union Workhouse: Inmates & Staff 1841 - 1962

Name Lists plus full information - all online for you to view now

Houghton-le-Spring War Memorial 1914 - 1919

Houghton-le-Spring Book of Remembrance 1939 - 1945

Houghton-le-Spring Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918

Houghton Grammar School: Old Boys Who Fell in the War 1939 - 1945

Houghton Grammar School: Book of Honour 1926 - 1969

Parish Church Clock: Names of donors in 1884

Other peoples' family tree quests - can you help?

Other people's family tree quests - can you help?

Other Houghton records coming soon

Durham Road Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions from 1892 - 1900
Baptisms, Churchings, Marriages, Burials & Donations Mid 1880s
Colliery Casualties buried in Houghton


How to search the Houghton-le-Spring records
These records can be searched for free for those who make a small donation to Houghton Heritage Society.

To submit a search requisition, complete the following forms:



Please note: The records can only be searched on behalf of those who complete one of the above procedures. The Houghton Heritage website receives hundreds of enquiries a week and it is not possible to check the records for those wanting validation before making a donation.



"Paul, Many thanks for your e-mail. The information has indeed been helpful. Keep doing what you're doing it is much appreciated. Best wishes

"Dear Mr Lanagan, Many thanks for the information on the burials for Herons in Houghton-le-Spring.
It provides useful additional information for some of my descendants. Good luck with the work going on up there. Hope to be in touch again if I need to."

"I hope to make a visit to County Durham in the near future and plan to stop at the old cemetery. Again, thanks for your help and prompt response."

"Dear Paul, once again, thank you so much for your time and information about our family... I am doubly grateful to you for travelling to meet us.
We had a lovely weekend visiting 'dead' relations on Saturday and living ones on Sunday."

"Hi Paul, Thank you so much for your input and interest - MUCH APPRECIATED! I will be busy following these leads to see where it takes me."

"Paul, Many thanks for your response, everything received safe and sound. Many thanks for your efforts on my behalf."

"Thank you for the information. What a lot of Carrs... I shall go through it and pick out the ones to search out in your safe cemetery...
sounds great....hope we don`t get lost in it. And I shall be buying a couple more books as soon."

"Many thanks, Paul. That's great! All I need is more time now, so that I can continue with my research which is very addictive!"

"Many thanks. I need some time now to use the information to enlarge on what I already have. Hopefully I can tie some of the names
in with entries in my family bible."




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