Family history

If you are researching your family tree Hartlepool Borough Council has several services to help

Registration Service

Hartlepool's birth, death and marriage indexes are not available online at present. You can request an index check by contacting our office by phone or email, providing as much information as you can.

Phone - 01429 523337
Email -  


Information on ordering certificates: 

Copy certificates


During the below years some areas of Hartlepool were covered by the Billingham registrar; the records for this time are held at Stockton on Tees Register Office.

 Years affected  Record types
 1837 - 1859  All Register Office and non Church of England church marriages
 1938 - 1967  Some birth, death and marriage records

Stockton-on-Tees Register Office

Phone - 01642 527720
Email -



Other records 

Hartlepool family and local history library have a large local history collection including Hartlepool and West Hartlepool parish births, marriage and death registers dating back to the 1500s. They also offer access to online services and drop in groups. 

Hartlepool Local and Family History Centre is located in Sir William Gray House, Clarence Road and is open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm, no appointment is necessary. For further information call (01429) 523422 or email


The Hartlepool History Then and Now website is an online archive of everyday life in Hartlepool containing photographs, stories, images and documents.

Hartlepool History Then and Now


Hartlepool Cemeteries and Crematorium Services offer a grave search and record service for Hartlepool cemeteries. Further information can be found on their webpage

Grave searches


The burial records for Hartlepool Jewish Cemetery, Old Cemetery Road  can be searched online

Jewish Communities and Records


Records from the West Hartlepool Synagogue, Whitby Street are held at the University of Southampton. Further information can be found on their website

University of Southampton Collections