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

How to Search for a Person

You can search for a person in two databases:

  • Catalogue
  • Mining Durham's Hidden Depths

Search for a person in the Catalogue

The Catalogue contains details of all our catalogued archive collections.
It also contains images of some of the photographs in the collections.

The Catalogue is a free text database and you can search for a person by keyword(s).
Type a personal name in the Keyword(s) box to search for an exact word or phrase.

Punctuation is ignored.  You will get the same number of search results for any of the following:
GJ Fisher
G.J. Fisher
G J Fisher
G. J. Fisher

The Search looks for keyword matches in individual catalogue entries.

Example 1: Martha Fisher

Type Martha Fisher in the Keyword(s) box.

This search finds 1 match in 1 catalogue.
In the Results List click on the reference link (underlined) to browse the whole catalogue.
Click on the 'plus' symbol to reveal the link to the specific catalogue entry matching your search.

Example 2: Fisher

Type Fisher in the Keyword(s) box to find all results for Fisher including surnames.

This search finds at least 193 matches in 102 catalogues, including:
Fisher Price Factory
Rev. Peter Fisher
Fisher Street
Fisher's Lodge
G.J. Fisher
Dr. Fisher
Martha Fisher
Private C. Fisher
Privates H. Fisher, F. Robinson, P. Rattigan, C.E. Johnson
Major D.L. Fisher
R.S.M. J. Fisher

A Keywords search for Mr. Fisher will disregard 'Mr.' and find all results for 'Fisher' as above.

Example 3: Major Fisher

Type Major Fisher in the Keyword(s) box.

This search finds no matches.

Search the catalogue again and type Major Fisher in the All of these words box.

This search looks for both Major and Fisher in the same catalogue entry and finds at least 19 matches in 14 catalogues, including:
Major D.L. Fisher
Major Napier and Edward Fisher

Repeat the search for Major Fisher in the All of these words box.  This time select the option to view image results only.

The search returns at least 10 photographs.

Example 4: Private Fisher

Type Private Fisher in the All of these words box and select the option to include word variations.
This search looks for variations of both Private and Fisher in the same catalogue entry and finds at least 4 matches in 4 catalogues, including:
...Privates H. Fisher, F. Robinson, P. Rattigan, C.E. Johnson
Private C. Fisher

Repeat the search for Private Fisher in the All of these words box.  This time select the option to view image results only.  The search finds at least 2 photographs.

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Search for a person in Mining Durham's Hidden Depths

Mining Durham's Hidden Depths is an ongoing index to persons named in the Durham Miners' Association collection and other mining records.

It contains over 150,000 index entries and is updated regularly. 

Search by keyword(s) or browse all names in the index.

Search Durham's Hidden Depths