Discover Your Roots
Here at Beechenhill we take history really seriously! Have a look at our 'timeline' and you will see.
Staffordshire and the Peak District are great places to look into your personal heritage and family history. We have lots of families to stay who are researching their family histories, and its very exciting to hear how they get on each day, its like our own 'Who do you think you are' programme!
We've had visitors from USA, New Zealand and Australia whose families originated here in the Staffordshire Peak District. The family of a wheelwright emigrated to Australia from Beechenhill Farm in the mid 1800s. His Australian descendants, after much research, came to stay here in the late 1900s!
We have a wonderful small Costume Museum just up the road www.hopehousemuseum.co.uk Visits are by appointment, but you may discover what your ancestors wore!
Staffordshire County Council has provided a wealth of sources to start or continue your Ancestral search, they have parish records going back to 1530! It is most important to remember to have proof of your identity and address when visiting the records office.
There are three record offices at Stafford, Stoke and Lichfield plus the William Salt Library.
- Details and opening hours for records offices are here.
- If you are just starting here is a Family History Page
- Here is a Local History Page
- This page gives a potted history of villages and areas with extracts of documents Staffordshire Places
- The Staffordshire PastTrack website developed by the Museum Service and Archive Service holds the county's photographic collection. This is great for seeing buildings that are no longer there. Staffordshire Pasttrack
- Staffordshire Births, Marriages and Deaths on the internet
- The Nicholson Institute Library in Leek (and all Staffordshire Libraries) have free access to Ancestry.com.
We are close to these villages already on Staffordshire Pasttrack
World War Two
In 1939 refugees from troubled Sudetenland, Czecho-Slovakia, came to stay in Ilam Youth Hostel. Local families hosted children from Kent and other urban areas.
Derbyshire County Council has lots of links and places to research on their website.
- Derbyshire Local History page
- Derbyshire Family History Page
- Find historic pictures and photographs of Derby and Derbyshire here
- Ashbourne Library has a small collection of local photos and documents.
- Visit Ashbourne Heritage Centre at 13 Church Street. Opening Times: Thursday / Friday /Saturday and Sunday (Inc Bank Holidays) 11.00am - 4.00pm April to September
- Ashbourne History Page
- Derbyshire Family History Society
- Derbyshire Births, Marriages and Deaths