What if you can't visit
Information about alternative ways to access our collections if you are unable to visit Durham County Record Office.
Collections Search shows you all the options for searching the records we keep.
We have a detailed online catalogue which allows you to search our archive collections from home.
Search the catalogue
You can view over 40,000 photographs from the collections online. More than 34,000 of these images are from the Durham Light Infantry archives. The remainder are mostly topographical photographs and postcards.
Search the catalogue and select the option to view 'Image Results Only'.
Family history and church registers
Mining history and mining ancestors
County Durham place names and interactive mapping
First World War
The Durham at War website contains thousands of stories about people, places, events and organisations in County Durham in the First World War.
The 'Explore' section of Durham at War gives you online access to 25 inch to the mile Ordnance Survey maps from a hundred years ago.
We can copy most records so that you can study them at home.
Our research service is intended to help people who want information from the Record Office but cannot visit, or who have run out of time during their visit. We can carry out short, specific searches, or more extended research, depending on your requirements.