Wirksworth, Derbyshire Genealogy

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

Wirksworth, Derbyshire
Wirksworth St Mary Derbyshire.jpg
Wirksworth St Mary Derbyshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Appletree; High Peake; Wirksworth
County Derbyshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Belper
Registration District Ashbourne; Bakewell; Belper
Records begin
Parish registers: 1608
Bishop's Transcripts: 1662
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wirksworth
Diocese Lichfield
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Derbyshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

WIRKSWORTH, a town, a township, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Derbyshire. The parish contains four townships in Belper district, five in Ashborne district, and two in Bakewell district. [1]

WIRKSWORTH (St. Mary), a market-town and parish, in the union of Belper, chiefly in the hundred of Wirksworth, but partly in that of Appletree, and partly in that of High Peak, county of Derby. This place, formerly written Wircesworth, Werchestworde, Wyrkysworth. There is also a manor within the parish, which has no courts, called the Holland, or Richmond, manor, granted in 1553, by the crown, to Ralph Gell. The parish includes the chapelries of Alderwasley and Cromford; the townships of Ashley-Hay, Biggin, Hopton, Ible, and Idridgehay with Allton; and the hamlets of Callow, Ivonbrook-Grange, and Middleton. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists. [2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

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. John Palmer's Wirksworth website with index to St Mary's registers is engineered for searches by individual and by family. It is free and covers Wirksworth and neighboring areas up to forty miles away. [1]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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

FREG = FreeReg.org.uk

WWO = Wirksworth.org Parish project

FS PR's = FamilySearch Parish Registers - How to Use this Collection
Wirksworth St Mary the Virgin (1608) Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG None None 1608-1899 None None None
WWO 1608-1899
NONE 1608-1899
NONE 1608-1899 NONE

Derbyshire Record Office reference D3105 has deposited registers Bap 1608-1994 Mar 1608-1991 Burial 1608-1978 Banns 1754-1799, 1928-1998

Lichfield Record Office has deposited Bishop's Transcripts Bap 1698-1858  Mar 1698-1837  Burials 1698-1858

A transcription project of the Wirksworth parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts into a searchable data base was conducted by John Palmer and many transcribers, its story is here. These items were used in this project:

Baptisms, 1608-1899 (missing 1700-1801, 1703-1803, 1706-1806, 1710-1810); marriages, 1608-1883 (missing 1695, 1699, 1711); burials, 1608-1919 (missing 1739, 1745, 1749, 1807) are available at Family History Library, the first film # is 1041042.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]
  • 1717 England & Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 at FindMyPast ($), index and images (coverage may vary)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint
  • General Baptist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Belper Poor Law Union, Derbyshire Genealogy

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.

Courtesy of David Kiernan: Wills, Probates and Inventories 1524-1602 for this area and held at the Lichfield Record Office.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Taxes[edit | edit source]

The Hearth Tax 1662-70: Courtesy of John Palmer of Dorset

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wirksworth on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. John M. Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, Publ. Lindon Edinburgh 1870. Date accessed: 25 June 2103.
  2. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England,(1848), pp. 622-625. Date accessed: 10 June 2013.