Northumberland & Durham
Family History Society

A registered charity (UK) number 510538

Visiting the Library and Research Centre

Percy House is located on the west side of Percy Street between Gallowgate and Leazes Park Road and is to the right of Barclays Bank & Greggs opposite Eldon Square Shopping centre.
(Map showing the location of Percy House)

It is only a few minutes walk away from a Metro Station (St James, Monument, or Haymarket)
or Bus Station (Eldon Square, or Haymarket).
(Metro services).


Percy House exterior

Monument Station is one stop from Newcastle Central Station. There are several car parks in the immediate area.

The Research Centre is located on the 7th Floor and can easily be reached by lift.

If you wish to use a computer or fiche reader it is advisable to telephone and book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Research Centre is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. We close over Easter and Christmas and the New Year. The Centre is run by volunteers who are happy to welcome you and show you round the premises. They will also assist you to make use of our resources but please don't expect our volunteers to do your research for you.

There are facilities for making tea or coffee and you are welcome to bring something to eat in the Refreshment area.

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Address and Telephone Number

NDFHS Library & Research Centre
7th Floor
Percy House
Percy Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Telephone: U.K. (0191) 261 2159
Overseas +44 191 261 2159


Facilities at Percy House Library and Research Centre


Percy House reception


On arrival members and visitors sign in at the Reception Desk. Belongings you do not immediately require can be left in lockers or on coat hangers. Photocopies can be collected or requested at the Reception Desk. The Society's publications can also be ordered or purchased here.

Percy House reception


There are tea- and coffee-making facilities in the Refreshment Area where you are welcome to eat food you may have brought with you.

Search room

Percy House search room


Our computers give access to the extensive and ever-growing database of Northumberland and Durham Parish Records, Baptisms, Marriages, Burials, and Monumental Inscriptions. There are also local census records. FindmyPast and Ancestry are also available. Many other sources of information are available on-line here as well.

Percy House search room


Our large collection of microfiche is also a source of similar material. In addition we hold the 1881 Census for the United Kingdom, the Old Parish Records for Scotland, GRO Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Wills, the International Genealogical Index, various parish records from elsewhere in the country and more besides.


Percy House library


In addition to printed copies of much of the parish records held on computer, the Library houses a significant collection of books on the region and local history including for example trade directories and maritime records. There are local Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist records as well as some parish records of neighbouring counties.

Percy House library


Will Indexes and information on War Memorials as well as back-copies of the Society's Journal may be consulted. We also have a collection of original Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates kindly donated by researchers.

Exchange Journals

We also operate an exchange journal system with other Family History Societies, both in this country and throughout the world. These are often very useful in providing valuable information to aid you in your research, wherever it may take you and these journals are available, on loan, to members.

Charitable Status

The Society is a charity which is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

It is administered by volunteers and some of these must also act as Trustees of the Society. The names of the current Trustees  appear on the extract of the public register.

The full details for the Society are a part of the public register and can also be accessed online.

As a charity the Society is required to send an Annual Return, and also produce an Annual Report, to the Charity Commission.
These can be read online at the Accounts Listing page together with the accounts for the years since 2003.

Photographs Copyright © John Ward 2012

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