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Over 2 million new Derbyshire records published

31 January, 2011

You can now search 2,145,957 new birth, marriage and death records for Derbyshire on

This substantial release of new records will really benefit those with Derbyshire ancestors.

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See the table below for more information about these records:

Type of
Number of
Date range
Record source

Amber Valley (Ripley)Ashbourne



Erewash (Ilkeston)

High Peak

South Derbyshire (Derby)

Derbyshire Registrars Birth Index

Amber Valley (Ripley)Ashbourne



Erewash (Ilkeston)

High Peak

Mansfield (Notts)

South Derbyshire (Derby)

Derbyshire Registrars Marriage Index

Amber Valley (Ripley)Ashbourne



Erewash (Ilkeston)

High Peak

South Derbyshire (Derby)

Derbyshire Registrars Death Index

If you’ve previously been unable to find your Derbyshire ancestors, try searching these records again – there’s a good chance you’ll find who you’re looking for.

The Derbyshire Family History Society provided us with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies.

Search these records now to find your Derbyshire ancestors.

Search 2,145,957 new birth, marriage and death records for Derbyshire on

  • Kate Rimmer

    It’s great news that these Derbyshire BMD indexes are now online, but you should adjust your descriptions of these records to births and deaths, not baptisms and burials. These entries appear to be from the BMD indexes, not from parish registers, and therefore they include many people who were not baptised and many people who were cremated rather than buried. They will also include people who married at a register office rather than a church, which you would not expect in a database described as parish records.

    You should also make it clear to your pay-as-you-go members that if they use 5 credits to view, say, a so-called baptism from this database, the only information they will get for their money is the register office’s reference number and not the names of the child’s parents. As far as I know, they would most likely be able to order a copy of a birth certificate from the local register office without the reference number, so they would be wasting their credits.

  • Steve

    I have to concur with Kate. Given that your tagline is “search with the experts” I am very surprised to see you confusing registrars’ indexes with parish records, and in particular confusing baptisms and burials with birth and death registrations (or if not confusing them, then shoehorning them in with parish records which may well confuse users).

    That aside, the marriage and death registrations appear to give the places where these events took place, which is more than can be found in the main GRO indexes and therefore of some help. More records of this nature would certainly be of some use, but they need to be properly described.

  • jessmoore

    Hi Kate and Steve,

    Thanks for your comments – you rightly state that these are indexes to the civil birth, marriage and death rather than parish baptism, marriage and burial registers. We’ve amended our description.

    These indexes are taken from the local district registrar’s original registers, which are recognised as being the most accurate and comprehensive available. The district registrar made quarterly copies of its registers and sent these to the General Register Office, from which the well-known nationwide civil register indexes were collated. It is well established that as a result, the GRO indexes contain errors of commission and omission, i.e., missing entries, misspelt names, etc.

    All our local district register indexes also give the sub-district, rather than the GRO indexes’ districts, which is especially useful when researching a common name and it helps to be able to narrow down one’s search by area as much as possible.

    All the marriage indexes, including those before March quarter 1912, give the full name of the spouse, meaning that for Derbyshire these records are superior to the national GRO indexes. Furthermore, in the case of marriages not celebrated in a registry office, our new marriage indexes give the name of the church, chapel etc at which the wedding took place.

    Likewise, our Derbyshire death indexes give the age at death all the way back to 1837, unlike the GRO death indexes, which only give this information from March quarter 1866 onwards.

    Using the reference information contained in these records, it is possible to apply for a certificate locally, as opposed to via the GRO.


  • Stephen Emlyn-Jones

    I have to agree with Steve’s comments & would have expected better in the first place.
    However the link on the home page still takes one to the Parish Register Collection 1538-2005 which is bound to cause confusion.

  • Jack

    I agree that it is confusing that these are found in the parish records collection. Not having looked at these records yet, can anyone tell me how births differ from the GRO index, apart from having a more specific sub-district? Specifically, is the mother’s maiden name included in pre-1911 births (or any additional information)?

  • Larisa Mar


  • jessmoore

    Hi Jack,

    No, the mother’s maiden name was not indexed; however, the index usually gives the full name including the middle name for the period from September quarter 1910 to December quarter 1965. During this period the GRO birth index usually gives only middle initials.

    Also, where entries are given anonymously as male or female in the GRO birth index, the Derbyshire index gives such children unnamed at registration as (for example) ‘son of George and Mary’ or ‘daughter of Martha’ in most cases making it clear, or at least clearer, whether an entry may be of interest. This is helpful at all times but especially so for the earliest years of civil registration, before the habit and practice of registration had become established and when there was a higher than usual proportion of children unnamed at registration.

  • Mik Clifford

    I had been looking forward to these so-called Parish records thinking they would go back prior to 1600. What a disappointment. Glad I didn’t waste my money.

  • John

    This information sounds wonderful. But I am confused. Where do I find these new Derbyshire records? jessmore says in response 3 that the description has been changed to bmd indexes rather than parish records. But all clicking on ‘”search these records” still takes you to parish records. I’d like to just do a search limited to the NEW records, wherever they are, rather than wading through every bmd and parish record I’ve ever looked at, trying to spot additions.

  • margaret smith

    I don’t what to put for website,
    I have previously registered but have found in the difficulty tracing maternal family due I think to a different spelling(maternal family name Allinson but sometimes I think it has been spelt Allison)
    I have found marriage & death certifcates but no birth certficate.The census is from 1861-1931 The area I am looking into is Birkenhead Cheshire. I would also like to know how to find WW1 army records but do not have my G/father’s army number
    Because I have very little knowledge & no family around to ask questions I found myself having paid a subscription but not have the time or know how of where to find it that it was becoming expensive.
    I would dearly like to know if Birkenhead (once Cheshire now merseyside) would be on the published record like Derbyshire, this would be a tremendous help in my search & encourage me to re-register.
    I would really appreciate any help & guidance please.

  • nadine allen

    Baptism Records Derbyshire
    thank you for your recent newsletter re new Derbyshire Baptismal records.

    As suggested I searched again for my maternal grandmother and her brother from Ilkeston, but although I found the year and reference it gave no indication as to the date; the parent’s name or church etc which was rather disappointing.


  • Frances Healey nee Eley

    My father James Charles William Eley great great granddad son James Eley who married laviana they lived in birch vale new mills and he worked at calico printers limited in new mills before going in to the army James was born in soham cambridgeshire.any information on the family would be most gratefull as i am doing my family tree. I know James had two daughters and two sons on called James and one called William Henry Eley thank you please email me.

  • Maureen Newton

    I and a team of other people worked on transcribing some of these registrar’s marriage registers for Derbyshire Family History Society. They did not cover the parish churches in the area. It also needs to be remembered that registrar’s districts did not always stop at county boundaries. The registers I worked on were at Mansfield and at Basford register offices both of which are in Nottinghamshire but cover huge areas of Derbyshires eastern boundary. In fact I notice that the Mansfield ones are listed but the Basford ones are not. Is there a reason for this?