Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Derbyshire records at Findmypast

This is an announcement from findmypast.co.uk:

You can now search 2,145,957 new baptism, marriage and burial records for Derbyshire on findmypast.co.uk

This substantial release of new records will really benefit those with Derbyshire ancestors.
See the table below for more information about these records:

Type of
records
Number of
records
Date range
Registration
districts
Record source
Baptisms
922,119
1837–2008
Amber Valley (Ripley)
Ashbourne
Bakewell
Chesterfield
Erewash (Ilkeston)
High Peak
South Derbyshire (Derby)
Derbyshire Registrars Birth Index
Marriages
751,251
1837–2010
Amber Valley (Ripley)
Ashbourne
Bakewell
Chesterfield
Erewash (Ilkeston)
High Peak
Mansfield (Notts)
South Derbyshire (Derby)
Derbyshire Registrars Marriage Index
Burials
472,587
1837–2009
Amber Valley (Ripley)
Ashbourne
Bakewell
Chesterfield
Erewash (Ilkeston)
High Peak
South Derbyshire (Derby)
Derbyshire Registrars Death Index

Comment:

These appear to be transcriptions of the local civil registration indexes. They are particularly useful for marriages as, unlike the GRO indexes, they contain  exact information on marriage partners and the church (or other place) at which the ceremony occurred. On the other hand, only the year, not the quarter and year, are given so it's good to find the marriage in both.

A couple of warnings are appropriate. The data are shown under Parish Records which is incorrect if these are from local civil registration registers, Baptisms should be births, Burials should be deaths. It won't matter in most cases unless the events occurred near the turn of the year. There may also be events recorded in these Derbyshire records that occurred in adjacent areas of other counties, for example events in Ellastone, Staffordshire, registered in Ashbourne.

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