Family History Societies - Derbyshire to Devon

This section lists county associations from Derbyshire to Devon providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.


Chesterfield and District FHS:


Dena Fanshawe
64 Birkin Lane
Temple Normanton
S42 5DA



The Society was formed in 1989. It covers the area of North East Derbyshire formerly known as the Scarsdale Hundred. 

The association can help you to research your ancestry by helping you to really learn about your ancestors and their lives so you can embark on a magical journey of discovery.

This will lead you to having a greater understanding of them and their lives, rather than just having the basic facts and figures.

A list of parish churches and places of worship in the area is accessible on their site.  This contains photographs of the individual churches, and some nonconformist chapels.

Some articles you may find of interest are also available, which include:

  • August, and its importance to the Family Historian
  • Canal Ancestors
  • History of the Canal Network
  • Researching your own Theatrical Ancestors
  • What is a First Cousin, Twice Removed?

Some publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Derbyshire Times Extracts - Deaths and Marriages
  • Parish Register Transcriptions


Derbyshire FHS:


Derbyshire FHS
Bridge Chapel House
St Mary's Bridge
Sowter Road


To contact them, please use the Contact Form on their website.


Derbyshire Family History Society has been running for over 25 years and aims to bring together those people who are researching their genealogy in the county, whether you are just starting out or are a more experienced researcher.

Many databases are accessible on their site, which include:

  • Baptism Records
  • Burial Records
  • Cemetery Records

A transcript of Carsington Parish Registers, transcribed by Brian Greatorex, is accessible on their site, which includes:

  • Baptisms
  • Banns
  • Marriages
  • Burials
  • Churchwardens - Etceteras Memorandum 1696/1697
  • Churchwardens' Accounts 1846-1919

Although transcripts are a great help to the researcher, because they save you going through pages of entries in the registers, you are advised not to rely solely on the information provided in the transcripts, but to consult the original records where possible.

Some databases, such as Will Records, are accessible to members only.

For payment of a fee, the Society is willing to conduct research on your behalf.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Burdett's Map of Derbyshire
  • Census Indexes
  • Derby Infirmary and A&E Register 1891-1895
  • Derby Railway Servants Orphanage Admission and Discharge Registers 1875-1900
  • Derbyshire County Asylum Admission and Discharge Registers 1851-1855, 1856-1857
  • Derbyshire Names in Miscellaneous Lists
  • Derbyshire Nonconformity - A Gazetteer
  • Directories
  • Eckington Court Rolls 1506-1589, 1633-1694, 1694-1804
  • Godfrey Reproduction Ordnance Survey Maps
  • Local History Books
  • Marriage Index 1813-1837
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Muster Roll - Scarsdale Hundred 1638
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Tibshelf Overseers Papers

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also accessible.



Devon FHS:


Devon FHS
PO Box 9



The association was formed in 1976.  It is one of the largest groups in the UK and is a member of SWAG (the South West Area Group of FHSs) which is a regional group that includes 12 societies.  It currently has over 5000 members.  

Their main aims are to encourage the transcription of records relating to the county of Devon and to further the study of genealogy.

The group has transcribed many indexes, which include the 1861 census, baptisms, marriages and burials which may be searched by the association on your behalf on receipt of a small fee.

Many publications are sold by the Society, which incorporate:

  • Baptism Books 1813-1839
  • Burial Books 1813-1837
  • Coverage of Devon Parishes in the International Genealogical Index (IGI)
  • Devon Union Workhouses and their Records
  • Directories
  • Genealogy Books
  • Hospitals and Asylums of Devon and their Records
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Marriage Books 1754-1812, 1813-1837
  • Occupations of Yesteryear Folk
  • Sherford Marriage Banns 1824-1929
  • Stoke Damerel Military Burials 1786-1797

On payment of a fee, the Society is prepared to search in their Research Centre called Tree House on your behalf.