Each record contains the transcription of an original parish record. The information contained varies but you could be able to find out the following about your ancestor:
Date of birth
Date of baptism
Place of birth
There are 254,527 records in this collection taken from the baptism registers from more than 80 parishes.
Before the introduction of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths in 1837 all such events were recorded in the local parish. Parish records generally begin from 1538 after the Church of England mandated the keeping of parish registers in 1537. Baptisms, marriages and burials were all recorded in a single volume until 1774, when the law changed to require a separate marriage register and another one for Banns (or proclamations of an intent to marry). Standardised forms for these registers appeared in 1812.
Other religious denominations, with the exception of the Quakers and Jews, often registered these events in their local Church of England parish even after the Toleration Act of 1689 although between 1754 and 1837 it was illegal to marry anywhere other than a Church of England parish.
Derbyshire is in the East Midlands of England. The southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills stretches into the north of the county. The country also contains part of the National Forest with Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east and Leicestershire to the southeast. Staffordshire is to the west and southwest and Cheshire is also to the west.
These transcriptions are the work of Helen Betteridge and Jean Shannon.