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Family history

Want to find out about your family tree?

Dr Josiah Court of Staveley

Derbyshire Record Office and libraries are a good place to begin. Even if your family is not from this area there will be some information to help you make a start.

Free access to Derbyshire Parish Records via Ancestry

Due to the COVID-19, Ancestry have made access to Derbyshire Parish Records available for free temporarily. This includes:

  • Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538 to 1812
  • Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813 to 1916
  • Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754 to 1932
  • Derbyshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813 to 1991

Other useful sites

Here are some other useful free sites that may help you:

  • WikiTree - upload your family tree and make connections with the family trees of others
  • Cindi's List - a directory of regional, national and international family history resources available on the internet
  • Find a Grave - cemetery records across the globe
  • FreeReg - UK Parish Registers, free to search
  • FreeCen - UK Census returns, free to search
  • GENUKI - a directory of regional family history resources for the UK and Ireland

Family history in Derbyshire Libraries is available free in all Derbyshire libraries.

But it is not yet possible to do all your family history on the internet. You may still need to travel to local and national libraries and record offices to research some of the materials you will need.

A taster of our incredibly rich resources includes:

  • family history journals such as Derbyshire Family History Society, Allsop Ancestors, and many more
  • Census 1841 to 1911, trade directories, maps
  • Derbyshire parish registers, memorial inscriptions, newspapers, overseas death fiches 1837 to 2001
  • Boyd's Marriage Index for Derbyshire fiche
  • information on apprentices, soldiers, emigrants, criminals, voters
  • books on employment, industries, social conditions, for background

The main family history collection for the county is kept at the local studies library in the Derbyshire Record Office. There is also a large collection at Chesterfield Library. Many local libraries also hold family history research materials for their local area.