Derbyshire Family History Society

NEWS

NEW DATA TO SEARCH


A large number of non-conformist registers have been uploaded to our site along with a few more cemetery records. Please keep an eye out as more are going on all the time - Methodist, Independent, Baptist, etc. Amazing what can be found. At the moment it is just baptisms, but they are from all over Derbyshire such as Alfreton, Melbourne, South Derbyshire etc. More will continue to be added over the coming weeks.

NEWS

Probate Register 1901-1935

Work on this has been completed


After many years of work by volunteers the index of Derbyshire probates has been completed and is being made available to members online. Extracted form the National Probate Register it lists the names, addresses and dated of death for people in Derbyshire and Burton on Trent from 1901 to 1935. In addition, the place of death if it was away from home is given and the date of probate with the office concerned.

MEETING

A History of Smalley - Robert Mee

Wednesday 19th June 2024 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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From medieval times to today’s open casting, there is a surprising amount to discover about this small Derbyshire village

MEETING

Victorian Cemeteries - Mike Higginbottom

Wednesday 18th September 2024 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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It is impossible to understand nineteenth-century England without an appreciation of the Victorian attitude to death. In a sense, the nineteenth century celebrated death as a part of human experience in the same way that the twentieth century celebrated sex.
The most distinctive memorials to this fascinating aspect of Victorian culture are the great company cemeteries of the 1830s and 1840s, laid out at great expense in London and the major industrial cities, thickly populated with extravagant monuments, intended as a solution to an ecological crisis, and now themselves a significant environmental problem.
At last recognised as repositories not only of human remains but of some of the most evocative and moving examples of Victorian architecture,landscaping, statuary and other monumental art, the great necropoles of British cities document beliefs, attitudes and taste as well as lives.

MEETING

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Sarah Moody

Wednesday 16th October 2024 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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Research and records using the CWGC archives explore some of the gems in our collection and discover more about our war records.

MEETING

The Common Lodging House- Gay Evans

Wednesday 20th November 2024 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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In this presentation, we will explore the life of Rebecca and her family, who lived in common lodging houses in the slum areas of Derby. Among the working classes, transient workers, petty criminals, and prostitutes, these common lodging houses were preferred places to sleep over the workhouses or life on the streets. The lodgings provided cheap basic accommodation. However, they were crowded and unhygienic, with multiple people sharing living spaces. There was little personal privacy.

The accounts of Rebecca’s experiences in court as a witness to various crimes will provide a unique insight into life in and around these lodging houses

MEETING

Christmas Social - Buffet and Quiz

Wednesday 11th December 2024 2pm - 4pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

Further details to follow