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Durham County Record Office: the official archive service for County Durham and Darlington

Burial Records

The last type of register records burials. Sometimes, they also tell us other things about what was going on at the time.

Burials at Durham, St. Nicholas, 1597 (EP/Du.SN 1/2)
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Have a look at this example from St Nicholas' Church in Durham City and see if it can tell us anything about what was happening in Durham in 1597, when Elizabeth I was queen.

Remember, there's a transcript of burial records (EP/Du/SN/1/2) to help if you get stuck.

Be careful, not all the words are in English! Latin was the language used in all official and church records at the time. Don't worry, only a few words are in Latin, and they are explained in the transcipt.

What was happening at the time? What do think the 'visitation' was, that would have killed all these people?