Family History

This page can provide help with tracing your Family History.

We can contact local historians, who may be able to help local family history, especially with local colliery records: contact us by email –

The Parish Church of St Mary and St Helen’s Grave records are here in PDF format. Please note, these records under review. If you find any errors or wish to comment on the records please contact

A source of local information can be found on the Forebears website

Note: to see the result of a search one will be led to the Find My Past website, see below, which charges for viewings.

Free websites to search for your ancestors on:


Lost Cousins: http: , enter you relatives from the 1881 census and the site links you to others with the same relatives.

1881 Census: , other census years are on this site, but these have to be paid for.

Ancestry Free Family Tree creator, which is free to use:

Family Tree Builder:

The main ‘pay-for’ genealogy sites are:


Find My Past:

My Heritage:

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