We have a growing collection of copies and transcripts of wills and deeds of Weardale residents or of people with strong Weardale connections.
Wills Images of the wills, bonds and other probate records for the Diocese of Durham, covering the period 1650 to 1858, have been made available by the University of Durham’s ‘North East Inheritance Database’. The Museum has selected those wills (totalling some 1,600 documents) made by Weardale residents or people with a strong Weardale connection, and produced a complete set of transcripts, which in turn have been incorporated into our genealogical database.
We have collected several sets of deeds recording the transfers of land and property within and between families, in some cases over several centuries. Many are concerned with land in and around the Westgate area, and in that respect can be regarded as following on from the deeds and other documents contained in the famous “Weardale Chest”, the subject of one of the museum’s displays.