Learn how to read old handwriting with our new palaeography course

Learn the art of palaeography, the reading of old handwriting, at Derbyshire Record Office. Using archives from the record office’s collections, these five practical sessions, designed for beginners, will introduce the skills needed to read old hand writing from 16th to 18th centuries. You will learn how to read different types of handwriting, including the … Continue reading Learn how to read old handwriting with our new palaeography course

A day out at the Palace (Hotel)

On Sunday 20th September Becky and I attended the Buxton U3A Family History Conference at The Palace Hotel in Buxton.  Over 200 budding family historians attended the event.  We were just one of many exhibitors, being joined by family history societies from neighbouring counties. We were particularly interested to see so many 'out of county' people there, those who lived … Continue reading A day out at the Palace (Hotel)

Absent voters list for Ilkeston in 1918 now online

Hello everyone.  I have just this minute updated the catalogue with copies of the absent voters list for the parliamentary constituency of Ilkeston in 1918.  The names you can find inside are those of people who were still enrolled in the armed forces at the end of the war. You can find all three absent voters … Continue reading Absent voters list for Ilkeston in 1918 now online

School admission records now online – including the mighty Steve Bloomer!

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors went to school?  If so, now might be a good time to emit a chirrup of joy, because Derbyshire's contribution has been added to the ever-growing mass of information in the National School Admission Registers and Log-books dataset on http://www.findmypast.co.uk.  I had a tinker with it a few … Continue reading School admission records now online – including the mighty Steve Bloomer!

50 Treasures: Over to you…

I just thought I would re-blog this post from June. We would still like to hear any suggestions you may have for Treasures 29 through to 50!

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We are half-way through our tour through Derbyshire Record Office’s 50 Treasures, which we started publicising in 2012, to mark our fiftieth anniversary.  Treasures 24 and 25 have been selected by a former staff member and a researcher respectively, and we would like to take this opportunity to appeal for suggestions from other people who either use Derbyshire Record Office (in person or from afar) or used to work here.  Is there any document in our local studies or archives collections that particularly stands out for you?  The item you choose could be a “treasure” because of something intrinsic to the document itself – its appearance, its content, the themes it covers; or it could be precious to you because of your experience of it – something that would be invisible to others, perhaps some startling discovery that you made with it.  Or perhaps you are the person/organisation that gave us your nominate…

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