Derbyshire Research Resources

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The Derbyshire County Category

Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. The ceremonial county comprises the non-metropolitan county of Derbyshire and the City of Derby unitary authority. The area of the county has remained largely unchanged over the centuries, centred on the Derwent Valley running from the Peak District in the north to Derby in the south, and bounded by the historic counties of Cheshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire (West Riding). Below is a list of resources if you are working on Derbyshire profiles.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Heathcote.

County-wide resources

  • Church of England parish registers: The Anglican Diocese of Derby corresponds to the modern ceremonial county. Original parish registers are held at the Derbyshire County Record Office, and are available via (subscription required). Images of some registers are also available on Family Search. Known issues with incorrect indexing of some parishes by Ancestry and/or Family Search are listed below. The county was formerly part of the Diocese of Lichfield: Bishops Transcripts are held by the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and are not currently available on-line.
  • UK Genealogy Archives has some parish registers and Phillimore marriages transcripts online and searchable.
  • Wills: Rosemary Lockie's page on The Wills of Derbyshire, including brief abstracts.
  • Visitation(s) of England and Wales County Index entries for persons whose pedigree first entry in the Visitation(s) commences in Derbyshire, or who appears listed in a pedigree, addendum or correction to the Visitation(s) as born in Derbyshire.

North Derbyshire

  • Eyam One Place Study
  • Eyam during the plague Please note this source is reliable but with the condition it is understood that when the author published this resource, online sources were not available to be cited. Further sources should be sought to accompany this resource.
  • The Froggatts were a significant family in the Baslow area; many other families from the area will connect to them. This site is a trove of interesting information.

Mid Derbyshire

  • The Wirksworth Parish Records site is the result of a ten-year, one place study. Although the site’s title would suggest it holds only records relevant to Wirksworth the majority of information covers the whole of Derbyshire.
  • The Belper Research site contains a wealth of material relating to Belper and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The transcriptions of Non-Conformist chapel registers are a particularly valuable resource for this early industrial town.
  • The Crich Parish website includes links to numerous historical records.

South Derbyshire

  • South Derbyshire BDM Baptisms, Deaths and Marriages taken from Parish and Burial Registers for the South Derbyshire District.

Known Issues with Parish Register Indexing

  • Belper: Ancestry indexes the registers for St John's Chapel as St Peter's Church (built in 1824).
  • Bradley: the National Burials Index conflates Bradley in Derbyshire with Bradley in Staffordshire.
  • Brassington: the parish registers 1716-1812 have been indexed by Ancestry as "Bradbourne" (images 128-239).
  • Church Gresley: the parish registers to 1678 have been indexed by Ancestry as "Taddington" (images 148-219).
  • Cotmanhay: the burial register 1846-1890 has been indexed by Ancestry as "Kirk Hallam" (images 1-154).
  • Elton: the chapelry registers 1735-1812 (parish of Youlgreave), and marriage registers 1754-1770, 1786-1789 and 1813-1932, have been indexed by Ancestry as "Etwall".
  • Hartington: Ancestry has indexed the marriage registers 1778-1884 (images 1-202) as "Monyash".
  • Hulland: Ancestry has indexed the marriage and burial registers as "Snelston".
  • Kirk Ireton: Family Search indexes several records as "Ironville".
  • Osmaston (by Ashbourne): The general registers 1606-1784 and the baptism registers 1784-1901 have been indexed by Ancestry as "Norbury" (1606-1812 images 103-170; 1813-1901 images 111-162); the burials register 1784-1812 is indexed as "Edlaston" (images 75-83).
  • Scropton: Family Search has indexed the marriage registers as "Ripley".
  • Smalley: the parish registers 1655-1812 have been indexed by Ancestry as "Longford" (start at image 44).
  • Taddington: Family Search indexes several records as "Priestcliffe".
  • Wirksworth: the parish registers 1608-1697 have been indexed by Ancestry as "Middleton by Wirksworth".

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