DERBYSHIRE

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Map showing position of Derbyshire (c) GENUKI

Description in 1887

"DERBYSHIRE, midland county of England [Map (above) shows location], having Yorkshire on the north, Nottingham on the east, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, and Staffordshire on the south and Staffordshire and Cheshire on the west; length, north and south, 52 miles; greatest breadth, 85 miles; average breadth, 20 miles; area, 658,624 acres; pop. 461,914. The surface in the south is either flat or undulating, irregular in the middle and NE., and picturesquely mountainous in the NW. or Peak district. The principal rivers are the Trent, Derwent, Dove, and Wye; river communication is supplemented by the Erewash and Grand Trunk Canals. The road and railway systems are highly developed. The soil in the Vale of the Trent is alluvial and very productive. In the hilly districts the land is mostly in pasture; much of it is rocky and unproductive. Oats, barley, potatoes, and wheat are cultivated; and there are many excellent dairy-farms. Warm mineral springs are numerous, the most popular being those at Buxton, Matlock, and Bakewell. Coal is abundant; iron ore and lead are worked; among the other mineral products are zinc, manganese, and barytes. There are numerous and extensive quarries of limestone and marble; fluor-spar is found in the caverns, and is manufactured into a great variety of ornamental articles. Silk, cotton, and lace are the chief manufactures, but malting and brewing are also carried on, and there are some extensive iron foundries."
[Extract from Bartholemew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]

INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF DERBYSHIRE

  1. All Derbyshire pages may be searched using the GENUKI Search engine.

  2. Researchers may find one or more of the Derbyshire Mailing Lists useful in their research; and Derbyshire Surnames being researched are listed within Graham Jaunay's On-line English Names Directory.

  3. Volunteers are being sought to help to transcribe the 1891 Census for Derbyshire, to make the whole part of a free searchable database online. Visit the FreeCEN web site for more details, and if you'd like to volunteer.

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Cemeteries

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Census

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837. Copies of certificates may be obtained from either the General Register Office (GRO), or from a Superintendent's Registrar's Office of the District at which the event was first registered. If the District no longer exists, this would be the Office to which its registers have been moved.
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Court Records

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Correctional Institutions

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Description and Travel

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Directories

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Emigration and Immigration

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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Folklore

Derbyshire has some unique sayings, some apparently local, some adopted.

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Gazetteers

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Genealogy

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Historical Geography

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History

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Inventories, Registers, Catalogues

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Land and Property

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Law and Legislation

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Maps

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Medical Records

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Military History

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Military Records

Derbyshire Militia: Enlistments into the Regular Army at Dover, 1813 - a record of the names from this list was also published in the Derby Mercury, 1814.

Names from Musters of the Derbyshire Militia 1781-82 are available for purchase on floppy disk or microfiche through Family History Indexes (the link to Militia Musters is part way down the page).

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Names, Geographical

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Names, Personal

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Newspapers

If you get a chance to visit the Peak District of Derbyshire, look for a copy of The Peak Advertiser, available at Post Offices, and local village shops, free of charge. Although this is a free advertising newspaper, each issue usually contains one or more local history articles, a family walks feature, and on the back page "What's in a Name" in which the author offers his own unique insight into the meaning behind readers' surnames. Website link added 20 Jan 2007.

Flindall, Roger - What The Papers Said .... Published by The Peak District Mines Historical Society.
ISBN 0 904334 24 4.

Derbyshire in Nottingham Newspapers 1714-1776 - "Researchers using What the Papers Said ... will have at their fingertips full and accurate transcriptions of significant references without need to consult the original newspapers"...

For other English Newspapers see OnlineNewspapers.com - England.

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Occupations

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Periodicals

Ann ANDREWS has provided a transcription of the Derbyshire section of The Gentleman's Magazine Library, English Topography Part III, Derbyshire - Dorsetshire (1893). Content includes notes on archaeology, and history, brief biographies and "Eminent Natives", with topographical articles on many of Derbyshire's towns and villages - a wonderful, and unique resource!

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Postal and Shipping Guides

The Regency Collection has a section on Postal History, and also includes other interesting material relating to the Regency period - e.g. Turnpike Trusts, Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire, and more.

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Probate Records

This section has been moved to a separate Probate Records page.

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Religion and Religious Life

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Schools

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Social Life and Customs

Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516 - The Gazetteer, compiled by Dr Samantha Letters is a catalogue of Markets and Fairs in Medieval England and Wales. First comprehensive National Survey, with detailed information about grants of Charters to all Market Towns. Mentions some names of grantees - eg for Bakewell, "John (Gernoun, kn) successfully claimed that he and his ancestors had held the fair from time out of mind".

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Societies

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Taxation

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Voting Registers

Marjorie WARD has transcribed A Copy of a Poll taken for the County of Derby The 16th, 17th, 18th and 20th days of May 1734 to include Voters in Bowden Middlecale & district and Voters in Other areas of (North) Derbyshire. Her transcription also lists where the Freehold land which made the Voter eligible was situated (this was not necessarily the place where he lived) and for which of the three candidates he voted (Lord Charles Cavendish, Sir Nathaniel Curzon Bart. or Henry Harpur Esq.)

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INDIVIDUAL TOWNS AND PARISHES - See Alphabetical Listing

This county is maintained by Louis R. Mills with help and information provided by a number of other volunteers.

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