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North East Inheritance database (pre-1858 Durham Probate Records)

Maintenance downtime, 3rd-13th May 2019
Apologies for the recent downtime for this database. All should be working again as normal now: please get in touch if anything does not work for you as it did.

Viewing probate records in the search room

The overall plan for the North East Inheritance project has always been that the digital images, which are made freely available online by the Genealogical Society of Utah, would be used in place of the original documents. This remains the plan, and these images are now linked from our online catalogue entries. See the online images page for more details on how to access the images.

Meanwhile, you can still view the originals for any of the probate records within our search room at Palace Green Library (subject to a very few items which may be too fragile for production).

Depending on how many visitors we have working with our other special collections, we may have to restrict the number of original probate records that we can produce within a day. In particular:

  • We can normally only produce a maximum of 12 probate records if you do not give us prior notice of your requirements.
  • If you are able to send or email a list of records that you want to look at, with one week's notice, we can produce up to 20 of these within a single day.

Please post or email the document references to the contact details below. See the copying page for notes on how to interpret the document references in the catalogue.

Email pg dot library at durham dot ac dot uk
Telephone 0191 334 2972 (international +44 1913342972)
Address Durham University Library
Palace Green

If you require photocopies of any of the probate records, this can sometimes be done while you are still in the search room. At busy times, we will take an order from you and post it out. The costs are as for photocopies ordered by post (with no minimum charge if copied while you are in the search room): see table on copying page.