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indexed transcriptions of genealogical records for access by all, free of charge."
 

Acknowledgements

First of all, many thanks to all of the volunteer transcribers and checkers from around the world for their continued help with the transcribing and indexing of these records.  Many of the pages are very hard to read making the task all that more difficult, so our appreciation for all efforts involved should definitely be noted.

All entries have been checked by someone other than the person who entered the transcription and we have tried to ensure that the data is as accurate as possible.  Although, the greatest of care has been taken when indexing it is always advisable to check the source material for any errors.
 

Our Databases

The Sheffield Indexers are pleased to offer these original databases;

Census - Sheffield 1841        Census - Derbyshire Misc        Baptism Records
Burial Records                         Marriage Records                     
School Records
Institutions                                   Trade Directories                       Searchable Forum
BMD Certificate Index

Parish Registers indexing is ongoing and material is being placed online where they can be searched under either Baptisms or Marriage records.  Indexing is also ongoing for City Road Cemetery and steady work is underway with the School Admission Registers, Sheffield Institutions and Trade Directories.

Now offering our newest database for BMD Certificates which will also be an exciting ongoing project for the Sheffield Indexers.
 

How to Search

If your search results are "0" try searching for SURNAME only.  If you put too much information in ALL of the fields, you may be restricting the results of your search.

Very often surnames assumed to have 2 consonants such as Berresford, may only have one ie; Beresford or Berisford.  Or, a name may be assumed to have an extra 'E' in the name such as Addey, may be recorded as Addy. 

When searching for these types of names or streets you may want to use 2 or 3 letters of the name and * in the Surname field only - name i.e.  *Ber*  or *Add* so that you can see examples of the names that are in the database;
 
Street/Address field only - name i.e.  *lisle*  or *bro* or *Duke* so that you can see examples of the street names.  Then you can be more specific with numbers ie; 12 Duke* etc.

When searching for a specific forename please use * at the side of the Forename - name. i.e. *Sara* or  *Liz*Or even just the SURNAME and * in the forename space. It will bring extra information up if there is any.  e.g. Sarah Ann.  Also keep in mind that names such as Thomas may be transcribed as Thos, John as Jno, William as Wm, Elizabeth as Liza, Eliza, Liz, Beth, etc., so full forenames may also restrict your results. 

The wild card (*) at either side of name, company or occupation etc; will bring up middle names, company partners, multiple occupations if listed, etc. 

Please note that the following symbols DO NOT WORK in the search fields in our databases as wildcards;  %  ?   + ...   It must be the asterisk (*).

If you need further advice on how to search or perhaps if the name you know should be in the database and still is not showing on the screen, Why not Post a Question on the forum to see if someone else has already found them.

Census - Sheffield 1841

Piece #
   Folio
Forename
         Surname
       Street Name

Census - Derbyshire Misc

Piece #
Folio
Forename Surname
Occupation
Address
 

Baptism Records

Church
Area
Forename
Surname
Father 1st
Mother 1st
Address

Burial Records

Cemetery
Area
Section
Forename
Surname
Address
 

Marriage Records

Church
Area
Forename
Surname
Address

School Records

School Name District
Forename
Surname
Address

Sheffield Institutions

Piece #
Year
Forename Surname
Occupation
Institution
 

Trade Directories

Year
Forename
Surname/Company
Occupation
         Address

 

WOOD

Returns any records where the name is WOOD.  
   

 

 

*WOOD
 

Returns any records where the name is WOOD or ends in WOOD, i.e. GREENWOOD.  
   

 

 

WOOD*
 

Returns any records where the name is WOOD or begins with WOOD, i.e. WOODHOUSE.  
   

 

 

*WOOD*
 

Returns any records where the name contains the word WOOD, i.e. WOOD, GREENWOOD, WOODHOUSE.  
   

 

 

*LIZ*
 

Recommended - Returns all records where the FOREname begins with ELIZA, i.e. ELIZA J., ELIZABETH, ELIZA JANE etc.  
     


Searchable Forum & Family Finder Index


 

Find Similar Records

You may notice in your results at the bottom of each record a 'Find Similar' option.  

In the census records, this option will allow you to 'Find Similar in Same Area'  meaning records in the nearby households and 'Find Similar in Same Household if Available'  meaning records in the same households if the address is available in the database.

In the burial records, the 'Find Similar in Same Grave' feature will show all other people who may have also been buried in the same grave as in a family burial plot.

The 'Find Similar' options are also available in Baptisms, Marriages and Directories.
 
The '
Surname Match if Available' option is also available in all databases. This will match all records in the database with the same spelling of the last name as the record selected.
 

Terms of Use

While it is the mission of the Sheffield Indexers to provide the information "access by all, free of charge", Terms and Conditions do apply to protect the integrity of our databases on behalf of all of those volunteers who have worked so hard to bring us the material to enjoy.

The content of the pages, the databases and the search engines created for the databases of this Web Site, are the property of Sheffield Indexers and it is intended only for the utilization of the user.

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