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Accessing Family History Records for Gateshead

  • Use Ancestry Library free of charge in any Gateshead Council Library to access census records.
  • View church registers for Gateshead Borough on microfilm without appointment at Central Library. Transcripts for some parishes outside Gateshead are also available. Use the Local Studies Catalogue to find which registers we hold.
  • View electoral registers from 1832 to date at Central Library without appointment (please note records for Felling, Whickham, Blaydon, Ryton, Birtley and Lamesley are held by Durham prior to 1974).
  • Search for births, marriages and deaths at


  • Enquire about all records relating to burials within Gateshead's ten cemeteries and cremation through the Bereavement Services section at Gateshead Civic Centre.

  • View monumental inscriptions from epitaphs and gravestones across the North East region at the Central Library without appointment.

  • View Marriage Bonds, Wills, Obituaries, Poll Books and Rate Books at the Central Library (use our Local Studies Catalogue and select record type ‘miscellaneous Family History’ to find out what we hold).








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