Useful local history web links and resources

Spondon and Derby Local History  

Derby Local Studies library . You can check out Derby's past, present and future, look at old newspapers or photographs or trace your family's history.

Derbyshire Record Office provides the archive service for Derbyshire, Derby City and Diocese of Derby. You can now search online for archive collections held at Derbyshire Record Office using their Record Office Guide.  

Spondon Library holds books of local interest. 

Spondon Online.  Read more about the history of Spondon here 

Spondon Online's photos of Spondon,avillageremembered/ 

Ken Porter's Spondon: a Village Remembered 

Spondon Church Boys' Club  

Domesday Book Extract for Spondon  

Genuki entry for Spondon 

National Archives for Spondon 

National Archives for Spondon       

Colin F James’s My Birthplace

Memories of Spondon, by Guy Brighouse; a short account of Spondon past

Family History 

 Subscription sites 

Ancestry - check this for family trees, war records, and free bmd, and 1911 Census.

All these give all census and GRO access plus various additional databases. They offer free trial periods. 

Derbyshire Parish Records

1911 census ONLY

Lost Cousins: a different approach to research, but worth signing up for the free monthly newsletter

 Free sites


1881 census plus many parish records and international (but also unchecked user submissions).  One of the earliest online sites produced by the Mormons

GRO records and (limited) indexes to parish registers and censuses

National Archives: access to complete catalogue and many documents available online

Genuki: a huge collection of various UK genealogical resources

For useful paper forms

Genealogical resources from Rootsweb

History at home: a guide to genealogy.  An American website with a comprehensive list of resources.

BillionGraves is an expansive family history database of records and images from the world's cemeteries

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Forces War Records: their online digital library of books, newspapers and magazines, some more than a hundred years old.  Gives  the finer detail of what your military ancestors did during their service.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission; over recent years has significantly improved search mechanism

The Long, Long Trail: a useful site for explaining the military context

Western Front Association: despite its name, covers other areas of WW1

Resources for military families

Online Military Indexes and Records is a directory of links to online military indexes and records for USA genealogy research. Included are rosters, databases of soldiers, draft card databases for World War I and II, and listings of military and war casualties.


Derbyshire War Memorials


St Werburgh’s Church


Spondon Library


 Spondon Liberal Club


All these will import/export using common file format so you can start with one and transfer (most of) your data if you change your mind. All do basic functions but have different additional functions (such as face recognition in group photographs). The majority are of US origin but have varying degrees of “Anglicisation”.


Legacy (free (limited version) with good value upgrade

Personal Ancestral File free, linked to familysearch

Family Historian: 30 day free trial

Family Tree Maker) – one of the oldest, owned by Ancestry so has linked searches; purchase usually includes limited subscription to Ancestry

Master Genealogist– 30 day free trial available

Gensmarts – reads most (popular) software files and offers research suggestions for missing data

Family Tree Analyser will give a lot of additional insights and reports on your data, including highlighting possible errors

Parish Location is a handy piece of free software that helps you if your ancestors have “crossed boundaries”.

Also helps locate parishes

 Family History websites recommended by Derby City Libraries 

 When all else fails…GIYF (Google is your friend)


· The Genealogists Internet by Peter Christian, published by the National Archives; ISBN: 190336583X with associated website ( to keep links up-to-date

· Ancestral Trails by Mark Herber, published by the Society of Genealogists; ISBN: 9780750941983 an excellent and comprehensive single volume

· The Family and Local History Handbook, published by Robert Blatchford Publishing Ltd; ISBN: 9780955239946 – updated annually

British Association for Local History

BALH Useful Links

Other Local History Groups

Aston on Trent Local History Group 

Chaddesden Historical Group

Chellaston History Group

Darley Abbey Historical Group

Ilkeston and District Local History Society 

Repton village history group 

Ticknall Preservation and Historical Society 

West Hallam History Club