DARG Newsletter October 1994

How to Contact Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group

We send Strays to the National Strays Index and to the appropriate County Societies. We also have our own 'In County and 'Out of County' Strays Index.

A stray can be described as an event recorded outside the place where one would normally expect it to occur - generally outside the county where one would expect it to occur. For example, if the baptism of William Smith, known to be born in say Riddings, Dbys. were found in the parish of Selston, Notts. then this baptism would be a Derbyshire stray. Similarly the burial of Mary Clark, widow, formerly of Glossop, Dbys. found in the burial registers of Hanslope, Bucks. would be a Derbyshire stray. A bride from Hasland and the groom from Chesterfield recorded as marrying in Trinity United Reform Church, Leeds, Yorks. would both be Derbyshire strays.

Besides collecting these strays in our STRAYS INDEX at DARG, we feel that we must include another group of people - those who have 'strayed' within their own county boundaries. Joseph Brooks of Chapel-en-le-Frith who is found being baptised at Melbourne parish church (his mother's home town and the church in which his parents were married) is just as much a stray, perhaps more so, than the above William Smith who merely strayed several miles, but in doing so crossed the county boundary. Would the descendants of Elizabeth Bradley of Bakewell ever think of looking at the parish of Kniveton to find her burial, unless they knew of a previous connection? As there is no gravestone to her memory, there would be no chance of finding her in an M.I. index. Do you see the point we are making? These in county strays are just as important as out of county ones, and could save many people hours of tedious searching parish by parish to find that elusive ancestor.

If you find strays as you do your research, and you surely will, please spare a little time to write them down and let us have them, either as you have written them, or on 5"x3" slips, the surname at the top left hand side, the source of the information at the bottom and the rest of the information in between. Slips are added to our index every week, so it is growing steadily. It is there to help YOU. We ask you to use it and add to it.


DARG Newsletter October 2014

We have a growing index of information from many sources which includes the following.

Some Parish Register entries and Census information from other Counties.
Coroners' Claims, InquestsQuarter SessionsLicensed Victuallers
Occupiers of LandTithesWorkhouse RecordsSchool Records

See Other Records for more details.

Contacting Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group

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