Helping you in your research

HUNDREDS of people are taking up research into their family trees.

The interest in the hobby is growing fast and there are plenty of ways that you can find out more.

The Hartlepool Headland Local History Group has around 30 members and holds two monthly meetings, one on general history and one which is an absolute must for people interested in family trees.

It first meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

Among its many resources, the group has copies of the Northern Daily Mail from the years of both world wars, having acquired them from the Hartlepool library service.

The group, which meets in the Constable Bar, within the Borough Hall, on Hartlepool’s Headland, from 11.30am to 4pm, also has a large photograph collection.

Following its first meeting of the month, the group then holds a second meeting the week after, from 6.45pm to 9pm in the Croft Room. All of the group’s events are free.

To find out more, contact David Geen on (01429) 269600.

Another way to research your family tree is to get along to the free Trace Your Ancestors session at the Central Library in York Road, Hartlepool.

The sessions run every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm in the reference library on the first floor. Friendly library staff will be on-hand to help get your project started.

To find out more, contact (01429) 242909.

Many people will have ancestors in the County Durham area. To help you in your research, the Durham County Record Office at County Hall, in Durham City, has records and other information which stretch back 900 years.

To get in touch, contact (0191) 3833253, (0191) 3833474 or email

More information is also available at

Another source of information is the County Durham Mining Museum. It can be an ideal reference point for anyone whose ancestors had links with the pits. Visit its website at

And people with a Hartlepool ancestry can access the Durham Records Online service which has transcribed the burial registers of Hartlepool Old Cemetery from the opening in 1856 to the last known interment in 1997.

The service can be found at