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User Guides

The User Guides list the records we hold relating to many of the most popular research topics. You can find more detailed information about records which have been fully catalogued (reference includes letters, e.g. E.NC14) in our online catalogue. If the reference contains numbers only, or T-prefix (e.g. ref: 1027, T292), we should have a paper list, which can be consulted in our searchroom.

If the subject you are interested in is not covered here, try searching the catalogue, and/or email us with your enquiry.


Parish Registers on Microfilm (User Guide 2) [119k PDF]
Roman Catholic Registers (User Guide 12) [42k PDF]
Methodist Registers (User Guide 3) [110k PDF]
Registers of Other Denominations (User Guide 4) [59k PDF]
Records of the Jewish Community (User Guide 8) [39k PDF]

School Records

Schools - City of Sunderland (User Guide 15A) [102k PDF]
Schools - Gateshead MBC (User Guide 15B) [83k PDF]
Schools - North Tyneside MBC (User Guide 15C) [46k PDF]
Schools - City of Newcastle upon Tyne (User Guide 15D) [83k PDF]
Schools - South Tyneside (User Guide 15E) [54k PDF]

Other Local Authority Records

Cemeteries & Crematoria (User Guide 1) [33k PDF]
Building Control (User Guide 13) [74k PDF]
Rate Books (User Guide 18) [50k PDF]
Voting Records (User Guide 17) [45k PDF]

Trades, Crafts, Professions etc

Coal Industry - Part 1 (User Guide 19A) [111k PDF]
Maritime Trade and Navigation (User Guide 6) [47k PDF Document]
Medicine (User Guide 9) [60k PDF]
Guild Records (User Guide 7) [34k PDF]

Other Topics

Census Records (User Guide 23) [98k PDF]
Ethinicity and Migration (User Guide 24) [43k PDF]
Law and Order (User Guide 14) [57k PDF]
Maps and Plans (User Guide 21) [49k PDF]
Paupers' Records (User Guide 22) [75k PDF]
Political Papers (User Guide 25) [48k PDF]
Transcripts and Indexes (User Guide 11) [93k PDF]
World War I Records (User Guide 20) [64k PDF]
World War II Records (User Guide 10) [45k PDF]