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Find people in Durham

Are you trying to find some in Durham? Use the search box at the top of this page to get started.

The city of Durham is known for its historic architecture, beautiful cathedral and World Top 100 University. The county of Durham has a population of over 513,000 people, which means that if you're looking for someone in the area, you're going to struggle if you rely on traditional methods. Luckily, White Pages' people finding tools are here to help you track someone down in seconds.

The rest of this guide will provide you with more information on Durham's census records and archives, to further assist you with your search.

View of Durham Cathedral

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Durham Electoral Register Archives

At White Pages, we give you access to over a decade's worth of information from the edited version of the electoral register. However, people can opt out of the edited version, so the full electoral register can be a useful tool in a people search.

You can view copies of the full electoral register under supervision at the British Library or specified official venues.

You can view copies of the electoral register from 1833-2008 for County Durham at:

Durham County Record Office
County Hall

Changes in County Boundaries

The County of Durham has lost and gained territory over the years. In 1902, the municipal borough of West Hartlepool became a county borough, as did Darlington in 1915.

In 1967, the borough of Hartlepool was removed from the administrative county of Durham, when it merged with West Hartlepool to form a new county borough of Hartlepool. The part of the town of Barnard Castle historically in Yorkshire was also added to County Durham, whilst the portion of the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees in Durham was ceded to the North Riding. Then, in 1968, Billingham was transferred to the county borough of Teesside.

In 1974, County Durham was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan county, which resulted in it losing some territory to the north-east and south-east and gaining the former area of Startforth Rural District from the North Riding of Yorkshire.

In 1996, as part of the 1990s UK local government reform, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees were returned to Durham.

Therefore, if you're looking for someone from one of these areas, during a period when the area wasn't part of County Durham, the records may not be held at Durham County Record Office.

Parliamentary Constituencies

The County of Durham has six parliamentary constituencies. They are as follows:

  • Sedgefield CC
  • North West Durham CC
  • North Durham CC
  • Easington CC
  • Darlington BC
  • City of Durham CC

If you're using White Pages to try and find someone in the area, entering their name with one of these constituencies may help to narrow down the search results.

For More on Durham's Local History

Durham County Records Office (address listed above) also holds records including parish registers, wills, censuses, business and industry records and local authority records.