"The most northerly county of England. It lies next to Scotland, on the German Ocean, and is bounded by Durham and Cumberland. It extends about 70 miles in length, and 50 in breadth; and contains 12 market towns, and 460 parishes. The air is not so cold as might be imagined from the latitude in which it lies; and the snow seldom lies long in Northumberland, except on the tops of the hills, some of which are above 2000 feet high. The soil is various; the eastern part being fruitful, having very good wheat and most sorts of corn, with rich meadows on the banks of the rivers; but the western part is generally barren, it being mostly heathy and mountainous. It yields lead; and is one of the most productive and best coal-fields in England. Iron and glass-works are its principal manufactories; and it has some fisheries. This county is well watered by rivers, the principal of which are the Tyne, Tweed, and Coquet. Alnwick is the county-town, but the largest and richest is Newcastle. Population, 250,278. It returns 8 members to parliament." [From Barclay's Complete and Universal English Dictionary, 1842]
The GENUKI Gazetteer covers the whole of England, Wales and Scotland and can be searched by place-name (or part of a place-name) or Ordnance Survey Grid References (six-figure, eg NZ183848). If there are multiple place-names matching the name you enter, you will initially be presented with a drop-down list of the matching place-names with their distances and bearings from Morpeth, Northumberland.
Tyne and Wear Archives' User Guide 9 "summarises the more important administrative, financial and clinical records of local hospitals, sanatoria and specialised medical institutions. In part 2 it lists records produced by hospital boards and committees, and in parts 3 and 4 details of Medical and Nursing Associations, and personal papers respectively. This guide does not include information about sources for public health".
Cholera Inquiry Commission Report 1854. On 31st December 1853 a commission was established to inquire "into the causes which have led to, or have aggravated, the late outbreak of Cholera in the towns of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead and Tynemouth." And on 15th July 1854 the commission presented this report.
Search the North East Inheritance database provided by Durham University. This is a catalogue of pre-1858 wills proved by Durham Diocesan Court - this covers Northumberland (excluding Hexham and Hexhamshire, and Thockrington), Tyne and Wear, Co Durham, Crayke (Yorkshire), Alston (Cumberland) plus Northallerton and some surrounding townships in Yorkshire (known as Allerton and Allertonshire).
The Northern Police Orphanage at St George's House, Otley Road, Harrogate looked after children of police families, mostly from North-East England. It was founded by Catherine Gurney in 1898 and closed in 1956. The first admission was Minnie Smith from Sunderland.
The Northumberland and Durham Family History Society. (The society publishes a quarterly journal, and meets at Gateshead, Durham, Hexham, Newcastle, Fenwick, Blyth, South Shields, and Sunderland, and has a London Branch which meets at the Society of Genealogists.)
The Felton and Swarland Local History Society: Membership enquiries should be sent to:- Membership enquiries should be sent to:- Mrs Eleanor Hall, Lion House, Main Street, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 9PT or to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northumberland Poll Book of 1826 - Published on CD by S & N Genealogy Supplies. This publication is searchable and gives the full name of the voter, their area of residence, freehold property and the way they voted. (Please note that the Northumberland Poll Book does not include the Borough of Newcastle upon Tyne and that only the property-owning classes were entitled to vote).
This county is maintained with help and additional information provided by a number of volunteers.