Alfreton, Derbyshire Genealogy

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Alfreton St Martin

Parish History

Alfreton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Derbyshire. Other places in the parish include: Swanwick, Summercotes, Somercotes, Greenhill Lane, and Birchwood.

For researchers, here is an important 19th century jurisdictional perspective:

ALFRETON (St. Mary),a market-town and parish, in the union of Belper, hundred of Scarsdale, N. division of the county of Derby, 14 miles (N. N. E.) from Derby, and 140 (N. N. W.) from London; comprising the township of Alfreton, the manor of Riddings (in which is Ironville), and the townships or hamlets of Swanwick, Greenhill-Lane, Newlands, Summercotes, and Birchwood[1]

At Riddings is another [Church of England] church. It was called St James, Riddings and was built to replace a former chapel of ease. The registers of christenings, marriages and burials commence from at least 1840 (which see).

There are places of worship within the township of Alfreton for Wesleyans, General Baptists, and Independents


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Bishop's transcripts held at Lichfield Record Office Bap 1668-1848 Marr 1668-1837  Bur 1668-1847

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop's Transcripts, nonconfirmists and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Non-Conformist Churches

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Derbyshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Poor Law Unions

Belper Poor Law Union, Derbyshire

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 31-34. Adapted. Date accessed: 20 March 2011.