England, Derbyshire, Parish Registers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918
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|Flag of England|
|Location of Derbyshire, England|
|Location of England|
|Record Type||Parish Registers|
|Derbyshire Record Office|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Derbyshire for the years 1537-1918. The original records are held at the Derbyshire Record Office. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.
Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
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Collection Content[edit | edit source]
For additional details about these records and help using them see England Parish Registers (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before using either search method, it is best to know the following information:
- Name of the person
- Date range for the record
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select County
- Select Town, Parish/Church
- Select Event Type and Year Range to view the images
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at England, Derbyshire, Church of England parish registers, 1537-1918. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
- Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
- Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
- Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
- Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
- Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
- Search the records of nearby locations
- Greater Manchester to the northwest
- West Yorkshire to the north
- South Yorkshire to the northeast
- Nottinghamshire to the east
- Leicestershire to the southeast
- Staffordshire to the west and southwest
- Cheshire also to the west
- Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
- Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
- Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
- The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
- When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
- Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
- Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided
Record Finder[edit | edit source]
- Consult the England Record Finder to find other records
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 16 January 2018. Citing Derbyshire Record Office, England.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?[edit | edit source]
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