Alfreton, Derbyshire Genealogy

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Guide to Alfreton, Derbyshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Alfreton, Derbyshire
Alfreton St Martin Derbyshire.jpg
Alfreton St Martin Derbyshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Scarsdale
County Derbyshire
Poor Law Union Belper
Registration District Belper
Records begin
Parish registers: 1706
Bishop's Transcripts: 1668
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Alfreton
Diocese Lichfield
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Derbyshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

ALFRETON, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Belper, Derby. The town stands on the brow of a hill, about a mile from the new branch railway connecting the Erewash line with the main Midland, and 14 miles NNE of Derby. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists. [1]

Alfreton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Derbyshire. Other places in the parish include: Swanwick, Summercotes, Somercotes, Greenhill Lane, and Birchwood.

For researchers, here is an important 19th century jurisdictional perspective:

ALFRETON (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, in the union of Belper, hundred of Scarsdale, N. division of the county of Derby, 14 miles (N. N. E.) from Derby, and 140 (N. N. W.) from London; comprising the township of Alfreton, the manor of Riddings (in which is Ironville), and the townships or hamlets of Swanwick, Greenhill-Lane, Newlands, Summercotes, and Birchwood; There are places of worship within the township of Alfreton for Wesleyans, General Baptists, and Independents.[2].

At Riddings is another [Church of England] church. It was called St James, Riddings and was built to replace a former chapel of ease. The registers of christenings, marriages and burials commence from at least 1840 (which see).

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Alfreton, Derbyshire Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have online indexes by the following groups:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers - How to Use this Collection
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[3]
Alferton St Martin (1706) Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1706-1909 None 1706-1934 None 1813-1917 None


Bishop's transcripts held at Lichfield Record Office Bap 1668-1848 Marr 1668-1837  Bur 1668-1847

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

  • 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
  • Baptist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Particular Baptist
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Roman Catholic
  • Wesleyan Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist Reform

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Registration District[edit | edit source]
  • Belper

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Belper Poor Law Union, Derbyshire

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Derbyshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Alfreton on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Date accessed 11 December 2013.
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, (1848), pp. 31-34. Date accessed: 02 July 2103.
  3. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes.