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== Record Description ==
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This collection consists of parish registers from the county of Derbyshire for the years 1537-1918.
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This collection will include records from 1538 to 1910.  
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== Why Should I Look at This Collection? ==
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Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.
  
The collection consists of Church of England parish registers containing baptisms, marriages/banns, and burials. Date ranges of available records may vary by locality. The marriage information may have come from either a marriage record or from a record of banns of marriage.  
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To learn more about parish registers, please see the '''[https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/England_Parish_Registers_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) England Parish Registers]''' page.
  
In 1530, King Henry VIII established the Church in England, also known as the Anglican Church, the State Church, or the Episcopal Church. A law passed in 1537 required ministers to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place in their parishes. Priests recorded these events in registers and kept them at the parish level, which is the lowest level of authority in the Church of England. Within some parishes, chapelries were created to provide for the worship needs of the parishioner when the parish church was not easily accessible. Chapelries sometimes had the authority to perform baptisms, marriages, and burials, so they kept their own registers. Several parishes formed a deanery (presided over by a dean), several deaneries formed an archdeaconry (presided over by an archdeacon), and several archdeaconries formed a diocese (presided over by a bishop).  
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== What Is in This Collection? ==
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This collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The original records are held at the [https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/record_office/ Derbyshire Record Office]. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.
  
Beginning in 1598, ministers were required to send copies of their registers to an archdeacon or bishop annually. These copies are referred to as bishops’ transcripts, or sometimes archdeacon transcripts. As a result, two copies of many parish registers exist from 1598 to about the mid-1800s. After civil registration began in 1837, the value of keeping bishops’ transcripts diminished, so by 1870 most parishes had stopped making them.  
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=== Image Visibility ===
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Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed by registered FamilySearch Patrons. Registration for a free FamilySearch account can be done [https://familysearch.org/register/1 here].
  
Banns are proclamations of an intent to marry. After 1754, these banns were required to be read for three consecutive Sundays before a marriage so that anyone with reasons against the marriage could oppose it. Banns were read in both the bride’s parish and the groom’s parish. An alternative was to apply for a license to marry either to the local Diocese or to the Archbishop of Canterbury.  
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.  
  
Most bishops’ transcripts of Church of England parish registers have been preserved. Many have also been copied to microfilm or microfiche. The condition of the records is relatively good considering their age and their storage conditions over the centuries. In 1598, ministers were required to copy their registers onto parchment. If the minister failed to make such a copy, the register for that parish and its records did not survive. During the Commonwealth period, 1649–1660, many parish registers disappeared, and many transcripts were not kept because ministers were deposed from their parishes.
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===To Browse This Collection===
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Parish registers were created to record church events of baptism or christening, marriage, and burial. Baptismal entries usually list the person’s birth date, and burial entries list the death date. In the Church of England, baptism, which was also called christening, was performed soon after the birth of a child. Marriage in the church legally united a man and a woman for civil legal reasons and for the purpose of founding a religiously sanctified family. Burial is a function of the church to inter the deceased soon after death.  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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You can find records either by searching the index or viewing the record images. Before using either search method, it is best to know the following information:
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*Name of the person
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*Date range for the record
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As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.
  
Church of England parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until July 1837, when the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Information in parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts can be verified against each other. There are often variations in Bishop's Transcripts of names and spellings. Bishop's Transcripts may also omit years or part of years and are incomplete according to Diocesan practice and preservation.  
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=== Search the Index  ===
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#Go to the '''[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1911752 collection page]'''.
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#Enter the requested information into the search box.
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#Click '''Search''' to return a list of possible matches.
  
== Record Content  ==
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=== View the Images ===
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#Go to the collection '''[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1911752/waypoints browse page]'''.
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#Click on the correct '''County''' link.<br>
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#Click on the correct '''Town, Parish/Church''' link.<br>
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#Click on the correct '''Event Type and Year Range (with Volume)''' link to go to the image viewer.
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#Use the onscreen controls to move between record images as you look for a match.
  
Church of England parish register baptism records usually contain:
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Fully record all the information in the index entry. Also, do not forget to cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
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*Make sure to look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
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*If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the [[England Census]] and [[England Civil Registration|civil registration]] records.
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*Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.
  
*Baptism date
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now? ===
*Name of the child
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*When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
*Gender of the child
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*Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
*Legitimacy of the child
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**An individual might have been listed under a middle name, [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nicknamegiven-name-equivalents.htm nickname], or [[Abbreviations Found in Genealogy Records|abbreviation]] of their given name.
*Marital status of the parents
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**Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
*Social class of the parents
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**Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
*Name of the father and often mother’s given name
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*Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as well; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
*May list the residence of the parents, especially after 1812
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*Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire to the west, Lancashire and Yorkshire to the north, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to the east, or Warwickshire to the south. If researching in the mid-nineteenth century or later, an extensive search of records from the city of Manchester might be necessary, especially if the individual was in the northwestern part of Derbyshire.
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*The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See [[England Nonconformist Church Records]] for more information.
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For additional help searching online collections see [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
Church of England parish register marriage records usually contain:
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== Citing This Collection ==
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Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer to information which has already been found, so proper citations are key to keeping track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.
  
*Marriage date
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Below are the proper citations to use for this collection as well as for individual records and images within the collection:
*Name of the bride and groom
 
*Age of the bride and groom
 
*May list names of parents or other relatives
 
*Residence of the bride and groom
 
*Marital status of individuals and couples
 
*May list the dates that the marriage was announced (also called “banns published”). This normally took place on three separate occasions prior to the marriage and gave anyone with a valid reason a chance to object to the marriage.
 
*After 1754, the full names of witnesses
 
*After 1837, the full names of the fathers
 
*May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of the marriage
 
  
Church of England parish register burial records usually contain:  
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'''Collection Citation:'''<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918." Database. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England Record Office, Matlock.}}<br><br>
  
*Burial date
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
*Name of the deceased. If the deceased is a child, the father’s name might be given. If the deceased is a married woman, the husband’s name might be given.
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*Age of the person
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*Residence of the deceased
 
 
 
== How to Use the Record ==
 
 
 
To search for a person in a Church of England parish register, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:
 
 
 
*Where the person lived and the corresponding parish
 
*When the person lived; if you do not know the time period, you must estimate it from what you know of more recent generations. A useful means of locating parishes prior to 1851 is [[England Jurisdictions 1851]] available at [http://www.maps.familysearch.org maps.familysearch.org]
 
 
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
 
 
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
 
 
 
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
 
 
 
==== Using the Information  ====
 
 
 
Baptism or christening records list the parents’ names, making it possible for you to connect your ancestor to an earlier generation. You may find a birth date listed or be able to approximate a birth date. After 1812, the baptismal records list a place of residence, making it easier to identify your family by where they lived. The records also list the father’s occupation, which makes it easier to identify your ancestor's family when more than one family with the same name lived in the parish.
 
 
 
Marriage records after 1754 list the names of witnesses, who were often family members. These can help you identify your ancestor’s family. Signatures in the records might be used to identify a particular individual by the handwriting style.
 
 
 
Banns indicate the parish of residence of the bride and groom. This information often leads to the records of another parish. You can search for the baptisms of the bride and groom in the parishes of residence since these might also be the parishes where they were born.
 
 
 
If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences.
 
 
 
After 1812, and sometimes before, burial records include the age of the deceased. Use this age to approximate the person’s birth year and to find the baptismal record. If the deceased is a child, the parents’ names might be given. This information helps to extend your family another generation. The occupation of a deceased male might be given (especially after 1812) and can help identify your ancestor when there is more than one person by that name in the area. Knowing the occupation might also provide you the opportunity to find other records about your ancestor.
 
 
 
==== General Information About These Records  ====
 
 
 
Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837 the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for parish registers that are missing or illegible.
 
 
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
 
 
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[England, Derbyshire, Church of England, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records%5Cdefault.htm National Archives]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[England Church Records]]
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'''Image Citation''':<br>
*[[Quick Research Links - England]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?  ==
  
 
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{{Contributor_invite}}  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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[[Category:Derbyshire FamilySearch Historical Records]]
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
 
 
 
A suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1910." Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Church of England. Record Office, Matlock.}}
 
 
 
[[England, Derbyshire, Church of England, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
 
 
[[Category:Derbyshire|Church Records]]
 

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This collection consists of parish registers from the county of Derbyshire for the years 1537-1918.

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1537-1918
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Why Should I Look at This Collection?

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are central to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

To learn more about parish registers, please see the England Parish Registers page.

What Is in This Collection?

This collection contains an index to and images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The original records are held at the Derbyshire Record Office. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images of digitized records available for all users. However, the rights to view images on this website are ultimately granted by the record custodians. Due to their restrictions, the images in this collection are not available for general viewing, but may be accessed by registered FamilySearch Patrons. Registration for a free FamilySearch account can be done here.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918.

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can find records either by searching the index or viewing the record images. Before using either search method, it is best to know the following information:

  • Name of the person
  • Date range for the record

As you search, compare your results with this information to find a match.

Search the Index

  1. Go to the collection page.
  2. Enter the requested information into the search box.
  3. Click Search to return a list of possible matches.

View the Images

  1. Go to the collection browse page.
  2. Click on the correct County link.
  3. Click on the correct Town, Parish/Church link.
  4. Click on the correct Event Type and Year Range (with Volume) link to go to the image viewer.
  5. Use the onscreen controls to move between record images as you look for a match.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking for, What Now?

  • Fully record all the information in the index entry. Also, do not forget to cite the record; see below for help citing records in this collection.
  • Make sure to look at an image of the original record. The online index entry only lists the most basic information from a record; the original may contain further information which was not included in the index. Save or print a copy of the image whenever possible.
  • If in the appropriate period, use the information which has been discovered to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census and civil registration records.
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Remember that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person. Use other information, such as place of birth, age, occupation, or names of parents, to help with this decision. If listed, a personal title may be a clue to property ownership or occupation, either of which might be noted in other records.
  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might appear under a different name in a record for a variety of reasons:
    • An individual might have been listed under a middle name, nickname, or abbreviation of their given name.
    • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as recorders heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation.
    • Some women returned to their maiden names after the death of their husbands.
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches. Try expanding the date range as well; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth.
  • Search the records of nearby parishes. While it was uncommon for an individual in this period to move more than about 20 miles from their place of birth, smaller relocations were not uncommon. For this particular collection, this step may require finding records in the bordering English counties of Cheshire and Staffordshire to the west, Lancashire and Yorkshire to the north, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to the east, or Warwickshire to the south. If researching in the mid-nineteenth century or later, an extensive search of records from the city of Manchester might be necessary, especially if the individual was in the northwestern part of Derbyshire.
  • The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See England Nonconformist Church Records for more information.

For additional help searching online collections see FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Citing This Collection

Citing sources correctly makes it easier to refer to information which has already been found, so proper citations are key to keeping track of research. Correct citations also allow others to check completed research by helping them find and examine records for themselves.

Below are the proper citations to use for this collection as well as for individual records and images within the collection:

Collection Citation:

"England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England Record Office, Matlock.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.