Below is a list of links to other websites that contain information. Just click on the names.
Ancestry – Large and comprehensive census and genealogy resource, but you will have to pay for the most useful bits!
British Newspaper Library. -‒ The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library’s vast collection over the next 10 years. Though you will be able to search for free the actual newspaper transcript or image is a paid for service.
Chesterfield and District Civic Society. – Essentially a group of people with an interest and love of Chesterfield and its surrounding area. Though you’ll also find some very useful history resources on their site.
Chesterfield and District Family History Society. ‒ The society aims to assist and encourage the study of family history and promote research into genealogical material.
Chesterfield Canal History Archive. – Canal historian Christine Richardson’s archive resource devoted to the Chesterfield Canal.
Chesterfield Canal Trust. – The aims of the Chesterfield Canal Trust are to promote the full restoration and appropriate development of the Chesterfield Canal. It also campaigns for the construction of the Rother Valley Link, a navigable waterway to join the Chesterfield Canal to the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation.
Chesterfield St Helens & District Local History Society. – The society was established around 2005 mainly to research and record social, commercial and industrial aspects of the Stonegravels area of Chesterfield.
Chesterfield Local Studies Library ‒ Derbyshire’s rich history is reflected in the wide range of materials available at Chesterfield Library. All types of local studies are represented including history, literature, geography, natural history, industry and transport. The ever-growing interest in family history has brought forth a vast range of publications on the subject and the library has a special collection of helpful guides to family history research.
The range of materials includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, news cuttings and maps. There are photographs, slides and prints, videos and DVDs, music on CD, CD ROMs and microforms. Access to content is made easy through excellent subject and place indexes to the collection.
Chesterfield Museum – Chesterfield’s rich historical heritage is explored in the town’s museum and art gallery. Taking the ‘Story of Chesterfield’ as its theme, the museum shows how the town has become the place it is today. (Please note that the museum is currently closed for refurbishment).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Cares for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 154 countries. The site lists details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.The cemetery database contains information on about 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where Commonwealth casualties from the two world wars are commemorated.
Derbyshire Archaeological Society. – The county archaeological and local history society. Its website contains links to over 100 years of digitised back editions of the society’s Journal and its local history publication Derbyshire Miscellany.
Derbyshire Heritage – This is an ongoing project to collate information about many natural places of special interest in Derbyshire and the Peak District. It is a mixture of literature ‘on the ground’ information.
Derbyshire Record Office – Combines the archives and the local studies library. Responsible for Derbyshire’s archives and main local studies collections.
Don Catchment Rivers Trust. – aims is to ‘reconnect people, communities and decision makers back to our rivers and their rich natural, cultural, built and industrial heritage’.
Find My Past is similar to Ancestry but with different special collections. Has exclusive access to the 1921 census. Again, you will have to pay for the most useful bits!
Friends of Spital Cemetery. – ‘Seek to promote Spital Cemetery as a haven for wildlife, and a place of remembrance, heritage and learning for the community.
Markham Colliery . – ‘The Story Mine’, is a project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Derbyshire County Council to unearth and share stories from Markham Colliery. It includes details about the three colliery disasters.
The National Archives – Their ‘Discovery’ catalogue holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the country. Over 9 million records are available for download.
National Library of Scotland (maps)- Although the primary collection is of Scottish maps it includes Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales including the 25 inch maps of for midland counties and southern England published in 1898 and 1914.
NEDIAS – North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society –Industrial History and Heritage of Chesterfield, and the north east Derbyshire area. There are monthly meetings with talks on fascinating local heritage, and members receive quarterly Newsletters full of details about “What’s On”. We visit local and not-so-local sites of interest, and we carry out surveys and limited excavation within the area.
Neil’s Local History and Mining Site – A website run by an ex-miner and full of useful information for all with an interest in mining and local history
The Old Cestrefeldian Society provides a means of linking Chesterfield Grammar School old boys and masters through its Annual Reunion. Its webpage also contains many historical articles on the school.
Old Chesterfield Pics – An Informal discussion group of people interested in old photographs of Chesterfield. You need to be on Facebook to use this site.
Old Taptonians. – This site is a means for Old Taptonians to get in touch and make contact with their old school colleagues. It also contains many photographs of the school and historical articles. There is an email contact for Len Thompson, the author of the two books on Tapton House and Tapton House School.
Picture the Past – Searchable images of Derbyshire
Victoria County History – The Derbyshire VCH is presently focussing research and publication activity on the Chesterfield district. It also publishes a historical blog about twice a month.
Chesterfield and District Local History Society cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.
Page last updated 03 April 2022.