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

The Curious World of Olde Time Punishments - Ian Morgan

Wednesday 20th March 2024 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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From birching to branding and beheading to burning the strange and curious world of olde time punishments is something to behold. Listen to stories of ducking stools and witches, the pillory and perjurers and many more. We all know of corporal and capital punishment, but how do you punish the dead? And how do you punish a horse and cart or a train. The answers are all here in the Curious World of Olde time punishments. Just what is a deodand or a Newcastle cloak, and what about the Branks or the Hand of Glory.

MEETING

The Peak District in the Mid 1900's Life, Leisure, School, Work and Play - Tim Knebel

Wednesday 17th April 2024 2.00pm - 4.30pm AGM 2pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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Further details to follow

MEETING

Medieval Pilgrimage - Tony Perkins

Wednesday 15th May 2024 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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Medieval Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage was not possible for everyone and for those who did go it was often a once in a lifetime event. I speak on the who? What sort of people would go on pilgrimage? The where? What destinations were open to a medieval pilgrim? The why? What prompted people to make often quite hazardous journeys? The how? What methods would be used to reach their Holy destination? This talk is intended to help you understand a medieval person's reasons for making these journeys and to see life through their eyes.

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 2023 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

To be Confirmed - Gay Evans

Wednesday 20th November 2024 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

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MEETING

Christmas Social - Buffet and Quiz

Wednesday 11th December 2023 2pm - 4pm

Museum of Making Silk Mill Lane Derby

Further details to follow