This Findmypast Friday marks the release of baptism, marriage and burial index records from the English county of Derbyshire and substantial updates to the The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). 

Derbyshire Baptism Index 1538-1910

Derbyshire Baptism Index 1538-1910 contains over 692,000 records taken from Church of England Parish registers. Derbyshire is in the East Midlands of England. The southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills stretches into the north of the county. The county also contains part of the National Forest with Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east and Leicestershire to the southeast. Staffordshire is to the west and southwest and Cheshire is also to the west.

Each record contains a transcript of original materials. The amount of information can vary but most records will list the individual’s name, date of baptism, parish and the names of their parents.

Derbyshire Marriage Index 1538-1910 contains over 775,000 records taken from Church of England Parish registers. Before Civil Registration began in 1837 key events in a person’s life were typically records by the Church rather than the State. Starting in the sixteenth century, parish records are some of the longest running records available. Among the records is the marriage of Erasmus Darwin to Elizabeth Pole in the parish of Radbourne on 6 March 1781. Both bride and groom are listed as widowed. Erasmus Darwin was the grandfather of Charles Darwin.

Each record contains a transcript of original records. The amount of information can vary but records will usually list the couple’s names, the date of their wedding and the parish in which they were married.

The Derbyshire Burials Index 1538-1910 1910 contains over 519,000 records. Derbyshire has been a site of human habitation since the Stone Age. During the Industrial Revolution, water mills made use of the fast flowing rivers and brought workers flooding to the county town of Derby. Derbyshire has been said to be the home of the Industrial Revolution and part of the Derwent Valley has been given World Heritage status in acknowledgement of this historic importance.

Each record contains a transcript of original records. The amount of information may vary but records will usually list the deceased’s name, birth year, burial year and burial place.

Persi Image Update

The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) has once again been updated with the addition of over 16,000 new images to 13 publications. This update includes images from publications around the United States and beyond, including historical society yearbooks, genealogy magazines, State-specific collections and county registers to name but a few.

Use Findmypast’s powerful search tools to find exactly what you’re looking for quickly and easily. You can filter your PERSI searches by name, location, subject, periodical title, publisher, year of publication and keywords.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.