Tracing your family history is becoming increasingly popular but do you know what resources exist in Derbyshire to help you and where to find them? Here's our guide.
Alfreton Library: Local Studies
Address: Severn Square, Alfreton, DE55 7BQ
Resources include: Census returns for 1841 until 1901 for Alfreton and the surrounding area including Riddings and Stretton; A set of Trade Directories for Derbyshire; Local Newspapers including The Alfreton Journal from 1870 and St Martin's Church Magazine; Monumental Inscriptions; Photographs of Alfreton and immediate surroundings.
Enquiries: 01773 833199 Fax: 01773 521020
Ashbourne Library: Local Studies
Address: Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne, DE6 1EJ
Description: The library has a relatively small local studies section but includes: Census returns for Mayfield, Alstonefield, Ilam and Waterfall for 1891 and 1901 only; Microfilms of the The Ashbourne News Telegraph and its earlier counterpart The Ashbourne News. Photographs of Ashbourne and the surrounding area are also available.
Enquiries: 01335 342702 Fax: 01335 342702
Belper Library: Local Studies
Address: Bridge Street, Belper, DE56 1BA
Description: Resources include: Newspapers and Journals including the Belper Weekly Times dating back to 1862; Belper and Ripley Census returns from 1841-1901; Monumental and Memorial Inscriptions for Belper, Ripley, Turnditch and Hazelwood; Maps including an 1880 map of Belper; Photograph Collections, Recent Electoral Registers and Minute records are also held here.
Enquiries: 01773 824333 Fax: 01773 822172
Chesterfield Local Studies
Address: New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1QN
Description: At Chesterfield Local Studies Group, their archives and records date back to 16th Century. They include: Chesterfield Business, Theatre, School and Business Records; Local Newspapers and Broadsheets; Microfilm Census records from 1841 and statistical profiles from the 1991 census; Photographs, Engraving and Maps dating to 1577; Special Collections include the Stephenson railway, Sitwell and Ernest Robinson Collections; Over 22,000 printed books detailing local history.
Enquiries: 01246 209292 Fax: 01246 209304
Derby Local Studies Library
Address: 25b Iron Gate, Derby, DE1 3GL
Description: Resources include: Local Newspapers, periodicals, parish magazines and gazettes dating from 1720; Parish registers; Census results dating from 1841; Trade Directories from 1808 to 1977; Derby and Derbyshire maps dating from 1577; The General Register Office Index (GRO) of Births, Deaths and Marriages between 1837-2002; Over 15,000 Photographs, Illustrations and Engravings dating from the late 19th century; Broadsheets covering county fairs, religious events, entertainment and race meetings.
Derby Local Studies Library also has Ancestry - Library Edition. It's a research tool that includes some International and Immigration records as well as local family history. Family History Courses are also provided.
Enquiries: 01332 255393
Derbyshire Record Office
Address: County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG
Description: The Derbyshire Record Office holds Derbyshire Collections including: Parish Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials dating from 1500s; Personal papers from Prominent Derbyshire families; Derbyshire Wills and Probate Records (1858-1961); Cemetery records from 1800s; Electoral registers, manuscripts, maps and estate plans; Archives of Derbyshire businesses, charities, voluntary groups
Enquiries: 01629 585347
Derbyshire Family History Society
Address: Bridge Chapel House, St Mary's Bridge, Sowter Road, Derby, DE1 3AT
Description: The Derbyshire Family History Society set up their own Research and Reference Library in 2006. Their records include parish, census and General Register Office Indexes (GRO) of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The society meet regularly at times detailed on their website. They gather archive material and ensure it is preserved and available to those who wish to access it. They also welcome volunteers who wish to help transcribe Derbyshire registrars indexes and Memorial Inscriptions.
Enquiries: 01332 363876
Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group
Address: Birchwood Methodist Chapel, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes (see website)
Description: Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group are a group of local history fans that transcribe monumental inscriptions and parish registers throughout Derbyshire. Their holdings are available on request and include: Cemetery Records; Census results; Parish Registers; Memorial Inscriptions; The National Burial Index; Miscellaneous Records including school records, printed books and directories.
Enquiries 01773 604916
Glossop Library Local Studies
Address: Victoria Hall, Talbot Street, Glossop, SK13 7DQ
Description: The local studies library archives are now held at Derbyshire Record Office but Glossop Library hold: Journals and Newspapers including Glossop and High Peak Chronicles from 1859; A number of Historial records on CD-Roms that include Soldiers that died in both the First and Second World War and census records for Derbyshire 1841.
Enquiries: 01457 852616 Fax: 01457 856329
Heanor Library: Local Studies
Address: Ilkeston Road, Heanor, DE75 7DX
Description: Heanor library holds a number of newspapers, newspaper cuttings and journals including Erewash Express and Heanor Herald. There is also a small map and photograph collection to be found here.
Enquiries: 01773 712482 Fax: 01773 535465
Ilkeston Library: Local Studies
Address: Market Street, Ilkeston, DE7 5RN
Description: Ilkeston library includes information that spans Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the North Midlands including: Newspapers and Periodicals that include the Ilkeston News from 1855; Printed History Materials detailing the history of the area; Trade Directories and printed minutes of local councils dating from 1887; Illustrations, Maps and Plans from 1835; Ilkeston Census Enumerators' Returns for Ilkeston and surrounding parishes daring from 1841; A special Family History section.
Enquiries: 0115 930 1104 Fax: 0115 944 1226
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Long Eaton Library: Local Studies
Address: Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, NG10 1JG
Description: Long Eaton Local Studies comprises information for Derbyshire, Nottingham and Leicestershire including: Local Newspapers, Journals and News cuttings including the Long Eaton Advertiser from 1882; Electoral Registers and printed council meeting minutes from 1938; Local ordnance survey maps; A large collection of photographs of Long Eaton and the surrounding area; Long Eaton Census Enumerators dating from 1841-1901 for areas including Dale Abbey and Breaston.
Enquiries: 0115 973 5426 Fax: 0115 946 5133
New Mills Library: Local Studies
Address: Hall Street, New Mills, SK22 4AR
Description: A collection of local history information are kept at New Mills for all to look at: Local Journals and Newspapers are kept including the Ashton/High Peak Reporter 1887-1998; Maps and Photographs of New Mills dating back to 1841; Derbyshire Trade Directories are also kept dating from 1808; Parish Registers also include New Mills St George's Parish Church baptisms, marriages and burials from 1837.
Enquiries: 01663 743603 Fax: 01663 743603
Ripley Library: Local Studies
Address: Grosvenor Road, Ripley, DE5 3JE
Description: Ripley local studies holds local trade directories dating back to 1841 and local newspapers including The Ripley and Heanor News. There is also a collection of photographs for your perusal.
Enquiries: 01773 743321 Fax: 01773 741057
Swadlincote Library: Local Studies
Address: Civic Way, Swadlincote, DE11 0AD
Description: This local studies library holds: Periodicals, Newspapers and newscuttings from areas in South Derbyshire dating back to 19th century; A name index for the Melbourne area; Swadlincote photographs and Ordnance Survey maps; South Derbyshire Census Enumerators for South Derbyshire from 1841-1901; Derbyshire trade directories are also available from 1808.
Enquiries: 01283 217701 Fax: 01283 216352
Description: The Local History of Wirksworth in Derbyshire can be found on this website. Almost half a million records dating from 1600 to 1900 can be found including transcribed wills, parish and census records.