Bolsover, Derbyshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Bolsover St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire. Other places in the parish include: Glapwell, Glopwell, Ockley, Oxcroft, Shottlewood, Shuttlewood, Stanfree, Whaley, Woodhouse, and Woodside.

BOLSOVER (St. Mary), a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Chesterfield, hundred of Scarsdale, N. division of the county of Derby, 6 miles (E. by S.) from Chesterfield, 28½ (N. N. E.) from Derby, and 145½ (N. by W.) from London with the hamlets of Glapwell, Ockley, Whaley, Oxcroft, Stanfree, Shuttlewood, Woodside, and Woodhouse. This place, was called Belesoure prior to the Conquest. The Wesleyans and Independents have places of worship; that belonging to the latter was formerly a Presbyterian chapel. [1].


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

BOLSOVER PARISH (1603) Online Records


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FREG 1800-1813 None None None None None

To find the names of 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.

Bolsover St Mary and St Laurence

After a fire in the 1960's the surviving baptismal 1714-1756 and burial registers for 1714-1746 are incomplete. 

Derbyshire Record Office reference D 190 has deposited registers Bap 1603-1751, 1813-1873, 1953-1968 Mar 1603-1714, 1755-1941,1959 Burials 1603-1646,1653-1746,1813-1898 Banns 1653-1657,1952-1984

Whaley Thorns St Luke originally a township in this parish opened as a chapel of ease in 1879, licensed for baptisms and burials in 1884. Derbyshire Record Office reference D 3285 has deposited registers Bap 1884-1969 Mar  1904-1967 Burials 1884-1983 Banns 1911-1957, 1972-1986

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts 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. The first film number is 241296.

Poor Law Unions

Chesterfield Poor Law Union, Derbyshire

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 295-302. Date accessed: 17 June 2013.