Hello again to all the families we met during October half-term at the History of You events in Sandiacre, New Mills and Clay Cross. We are sorry it has taken us so long to share the photos from those events, but here they are
Has 2012 been a Good Year? There are still 39 days of it left, of course, but whatever happens between now and January, I doubt the news reaching Derbyshire can be quite as depressing as during 1665 and 1666. I spotted these entries in the general register for Pleasley parish recently: It's an entry from early 1665, and … Continue reading Comets, plague and fire as seen from Pleasley, 1665
From the Derby Mercury, 20th November 1767: Advertisements. INOCULATION BELLINGHAM the Elder, is come from Coventry, and proposes residing for some Time at Derby, to attend all proper Subjects that offer for Inoculation of the Small Pox, in the New Method. He has already given Proofs in this Town, that this once dreadful Disorder may … Continue reading On This Day: ‘Advertisements’
It helps when looking for your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials, to know which parish they lived in and which registers to check. That said, it ought to be easy to find out which parish was where – shouldn’t it? I thought so until I tried to locate the parish of Osmaston by Derby.
It has that awkward name because there is another Osmaston in Derbyshire which is by (or near) Ashbourne, so that’s the first difficulty to overcome : making sure you’re looking at the right Osmaston. Geographically, the Osmaston I’m interested in (for research into BARNES and PARKER families) is now a heavily residential suburb of Derby but before the industrial revolution was a quiet rural area with a small village and a big house – Osmaston Hall – first built by the Wilmot family in 1696.
To find its parish, I first checked my trusty booklet, the…
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Derbyshire Record Office would like to wish a belated Happy Birthday to Britain's oldest man, Wirksworth's own Reg Dean, who turned 110 on the 4th of November. Mr Dean very kindly let us have his unpublished memoirs in 2010. They are available to anyone who would care to book a session in our temporary searchroom (01629 538347 is … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Reg Dean