Derbyshire Family History

Find your Derbyshire ancestors and relatives with this list of links and resources to family history, genealogy and local history records.


  • Derbyshire Record Office
    Search the Derbyshire Record Office online catalogue to see what records and archives are available. The search will also bring up some results that contain the whole record.

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Burials & Cemeteries

Census Records

  • Census 1841-1921
    Search the census records from 1841-1921, plus the 1939 Register all at once.
  • FreeCen
    Has a good, but not complete, selection of free records to search and view.

Criminals and Convicts

Electoral Registers

These registers tell you if your ancestor was registered to vote and their property details.


  • RootsChat Derbyshire
    Find others who are researching the same families as you, get or offer help with research.


Historical Directories

These directories will provide details of people, their address and occupation. They’re from various sources; some cover the whole county, others specific towns.

Hospital Records

Local History


Military Records

Newspaper Archives



Photos and Postcards

School Records

Societies and Groups

  • Chesterfield Family History Society
  • Derbyshire Family History Society
    The Derbyshire Family History Society helps to link people who are searching for their Derbyshire roots together. There is an extensive library and a team of expert volunteers to help with your research.
    • Their magazine is published four times a year.
    • They hold monthly meetings in different parts of the county.
    • They take part in national projects through the Federation of Family History Societies.
    • Their members volunteer to help in the library and to answer queries.
    • All members can participate in projects using their own computer.
    • Whether you are a beginner or an experienced member they can help you
  • Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group
    The Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group has many family history records which are not available online. The group will assist with research by post. Their website has the details of which records they hold.


Wills and Probate

Workhouses & Poor Law