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A study of a Derbyshire village and its inhabitants 

Webmaster Alan Bloor

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A NOTE FROM THE WEBMASTER: I started this website around 1999 as a free online resource for people interested in tracing their ancestors from the village of Stanley, Derbyshire. I have been updating it ever since, with contributions from other people and by adding baptism and marriage entries once a year on the 100th anniversary of the baptisms and 75th anniversary of the marriages. However, Rootsweb have decided to archive all the freepages websites sometime during 2024 and I will no longer be able to update this site after that happens. Therefore I am doing one final update during 2023. This update has hopefully tidied up the site, and I have added baptisms up to 1925 and marriages up to 1950, even though this breaks my rule of waiting 100 or 75 years. I am still happy to help with any queries, but if you find any errors on the site I am sorry but I will be unable to correct them after the website is archived. Please check any transcription that you find here before accepting it as accurate, I have tried not to make any mistakes but there may well be some. Ancestry is an excellent source for checking the parish registers and censuses, and you can buy a copy of any will from the probate office website (current cost only 1-50). Otherwise you can visit or request help from Derbyshire Records Office.

Alan Bloor March 2023
1. Introduction - background information including a brief tour of Stanley village.
2. The Stanley Photo Album - a collection of photographs of Stanley, past and present, and of the people who lived there.
3. Stanley Censuses Online - transcriptions of all the censuses taken in Stanley from 1841 to 1901 , together with surname indexes.
4. Baptisms, marriages, burials - search the Parish Registers and Bishops' Transcripts of Stanley for records of your ancestors. Includes St Andrew's and All Saints' churches, plus baptisms from two of Stanley's Methodist Chapels.
5. Marriage Licences - additional information found in pre-1837 marriage allegations and bonds.
6. Stanley Death Certificates 1853 - 1900 - an attempt to fill the gap left by the destruction of the burial register for this period.
7. Memorial Inscriptions - the MIs of Stanley St Andrew's and Stanley Common All Saints churches, plus an index of all the names.
8. Trade Directories - entries from a number of local directories.
9. Stanley Wills - Summaries of the wills of Stanley residents.
10. Stanley Strays - a collection of people from Stanley who are later found elsewhere.
11. Stanley in Print - transcriptions of newspaper articles relating to events in Stanley
12. Miscellany - a section for topics which are not extensive enough to have a section of their own.