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Derbyshire County Council (Chesterfield)

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

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Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DBY, NTT, YKS, LEI

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Chesterfield Library
New Beetwell Street
S40 1QN
Tel: 01246 209292 ext. 38
Fax: 01246 209304
Email: chesterfield.library@derbyshire.gov.uk
Contact: Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1900
Tuesday: 0930-1900
Wednesday: 0930-1900
Thursday: 0930-1900
Friday: 0930-1900
Saturday: 0930-1600

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. £8.50 for a family history enquiry search up to 30 minutes (fee chargeable whether or not information is found). Charge includes up to 4 photocopies or reader printer copies (if information found). Work undertaken on receipt of cheque, made payable to Derbyshire County Council.

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held. Refer to Matlock Local Studies

5. Census returns

1841-1901 (inclusive) North Derbyshire parishes only. Copies held on microfilm.
Coverage extends to Ripley (south), Hayfield (north), Creswell & Lanwith (east) and New Mills (west). 1891 Census area is further extended to include Belper, Glossop and Ilkeston. Some inconsistencies e.g. Glossop appears in 1841, but not 1851-81, while New Mills not held for 1861, and there are also a few 'unscheduled' holdings of Nottinghamshire & Yorkshire parishes.
Census Name Index (England & Wales). 1881. Microfiche plus 1881 census on CD Rom
1851 Census Derbyshire Name Index
1891 Census Derbyshire Name Index

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

A large number of Derbyshire Directories in book format and on microfiche from 1808 - 1974.
Some Nottinghamshire Directories also available

6(b) City and Town Directories

See above

6(c) Telephone Directories

Incomplete coverage of Chesterfield and Derby area with alphabetical an yellow pages available.

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Chesterfield Burgess Rolls 1836-1878 (both originals and microfilm copies), 1880- (originals only)
Chesterfield Electoral Registers 1925-1939; 1946-
North East Derbyshire District Electoral Registers, 1974-
Bolsover District Electoral Registers 1974-
Chesterfield R.D.C. Electoral Registers 1965-74
Register of Electors in the Northern Division of Derbyshire 1832, 1836-7, 1840-41, 1842-43, 1845-46, 1846-47 (originals)

7(b) Poll Books

Northern Division of Derbyshire 1837, 1868
Southern Division of Derbyshire 1857

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition (microfiche) England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Channel Islands

9. Unpublished Indexes

Name Index (Chesterfield). Compiled by Chesterfield and District Family History Society from various original documents.
Bestall Index (Chesterfield). Taken from Chesterfield Parish Church register.

10. Parish Registers

Transcripts of numerous parish registers from all over Derbyshire.
Some non-conformist records on microfilm.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Family History News and Digest 1977-
Family Tree Magazine 1984-
Local Historian 1952-
Local History Magazine, 1984-
Family History Monthly
Practical Family History
Genealogist's Magazine

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

13. Other material

  • Arkwright Wage Books 1786-1811 (microfilm). Wage records of Sir Richard Arkwright's cotton mills at Bakewell, with lists of named employees and occupations.
  • Gas Industry Genealogical Index c.1800-1949 (microfiche). Contains 190,000 entries of people in or associated with the Gas Industry during the above period.
  • Chesterfield Churchwardens' Accounts and Vestry Meeting Minutes (microfilm) Accounts 1762-1899, and Meetings 1769-1962, with names of church officers and committee members
  • Court Leet and Great Court Baron of the Manor and Borough of Chesterfield, 1763-1841 (microfilm).
  • Manorial court records, with names of jurors, officials and offenders. Entries included in Family History Society Name Index.
  • Ince, T.N. Pedigrees in and about Wirksworth, 1824-1860. Microfilm.
  • Kerry, Rev. Charles. Kerry Manuscripts. Microfilm, 12 reels. Contains variety of material relating to parishes where Rev. Kerry was incumbent c.1865-75 (e.g. Puttenham, Surrey, and Topcliffe, Yorkshire). Some Derbyshire information, mainly Morley and Smalley. Includes extracts from parish registers and churchwardens' accounts and family pedigrees, together with items on archaeology, music and folklore. Each volume has an index at the conclusion of the text.
  • Litchfield Marriage Licences and Bonds, 1711-1716. Microfiche.
  • Monumental inscriptions. 55 microfiche. Covers churches in different parts of the county from Edale and New Mills to Derby and Ripley.
  • Memorial inscriptions. On microfiche. Covers locations across the county, including Chesterfield Parish Church Graves Register.
  • Derbyshire Times: marriages 1880-1894. Microfiche.
  • Derbyshire Times: births, deaths and marriages index October 30th 1981-1991. Microfiche.
  • Bradfield Poor Law documents. Microfiche.
  • Public Record Office. Probate and inventories 1681-1775 (Derbyshire). Microfilm.
  • Federation of Family History Societies. Strays and out of area collections 1-4. Microfiche.

    14. Guides to Collections

    15. Local Record Offices


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