Useful Links

Below is a list of links to other websites that contain information that may be useful to our members. Just click on the names.

Ancestry – Large and comprehensive census and genealogy resource.

Brimington and Tapton Local History Group

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.

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 St Helens & District Local History Society

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.

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 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.

Find My Past

Similar to Ancestry but with different special collections.

Holymoorside History Society

National Archives – Discovery 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

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.

Welcome to NEDIAS

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

Old Chesterfield Pics: Informal discussion group of people interested in old photographs of Chesterfield. You need to be on Facebook to use this site. chesterfieldpics/

Picture the Past

Searchable images of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

Victoria County History – The Derbyshire VCH is actively researching parishes and townships in southern, western and north-eastern Derbyshire. Volume IV will feature Ault Hucknall, Heath, Langwith, Pleasley, Scarcliffe and Sutton-cum-Duckmanton.

A Walk Through Derbyshire’s Past – A photographic guide to those researching their family histories in Derbyshire. Some interesting facts and photos for local history enthusiasts.