Northumberland County Public Records

Northumberland, England Public Record Office

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Northumberland Archives Woodhorn QEII Country Park Ashington Northumberland NE63 9YF

The Northumberland County Records office is now the Northumberland Archives and serves as the historical records catalogue for records and collections of Northumberland and Berwick-Upon-Tweed. The archives is comprised of county archives, a local studies collection, a records management service and a 3D objects collection. Over 150,000 records are held by the Northumberland Collections Service.

The Northumberland Archives also provides a Northumberland Collections Service Electronic Catalogue which allows one to search for items using keywords and phrases. In the future, 3-D collections will also be added to the electronic catalogue. A search is provided through the Accessions Register listing all of the current collections or by catalogue. The catalogue contains textual descriptions of a portion of the collections. There are currently 8,000 3-D objects in the reference and masters collections. These collections are held in environmentally controlled rooms to ensure their preservation.

An additional archival collection is also under development with the Woodhorn Museum. The Northumberland Archives at the Woodhorn Museum provide an array of services including family history, personal mentors services, a collections shop and on-line exhibitions.

Many questions on ancestral histories can be answered with a trip to the study center at Woodhorn. The family history area offers visitors access to anglican parish registers, census surveys, and registers of burials with civil cemeteries. Baptisms and marriages may also be obtained in the parish registers. Other resources available for genealogical study include newspapers, non-conformist registers, as well as First and Second World War service records.

A number of reprographics are also available at the center in both digital and print form. Managing the documentation is provided through pedigree printing. Authentication is available if a need arises for certified copies.

The collections are available to view in public search rooms and are also available as listings on the electronic catalogues. The collections are acquired by both official and private sources relating to all aspects of the history of Northumberland. When visiting the Woodhorn Study Center, visitors must register prior to accessing the archives. A postal research service is also available for academics unable to visit the facility.

Contact Details:

Northumberland Archives
QEII Country Park
NE63 9YF

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