Lin­colnshire On­line

BEST WEB­SITES TO AID YOUR RE­SEARCH

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The most use­ful web­site for re­searchers is www. linc­stothep­ast.com. Its most pop­u­lar of­fer­ing for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans is its free images of all the par­ish regis­ters held by Lin­colnshire Ar­chives, but the par­ish regis­ters are cur­rently browse only. The site is not par­tic­u­larly easy to use so sub­scribers to Find­my­past may pre­fer to go there ( find­my­past. co.uk/ar­ti­cles/world-records/search-all-ukrecords/spe­cial- col­lec­tions/the-lin­colnshirec­ol­lec­tion) where they will find the same images (also cur­rently browse only). If us­ing Lincs to the Past, it is worth go­ing to the Help page and look­ing at the search guide on how to view par­ish regis­ters. To help lo­cate the right reg­is­ter, use freereg.org.uk which has a large col­lec­tion of Lin­colnshire par­ish reg­is­ter tran­scrip­tions.

For di­rec­to­ries, try the Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter’s Spe­cial Col­lec­tions On­line ( spe­cial­col­lec­tions. le.ac.uk), which of­fers free ac­cess to digi­tised di­rec­to­ries from the 1760s to 1910s from all over Eng­land and Wales.

The Fam­i­lySearch wiki has a list of county parishes (fam­i­lysearch.org/wiki/en/ Lin­colnshire_ Parishes). Click­ing on a par­ish name will lead to in­for­ma­tion about the lo­ca­tions of var­i­ous sources, plus use­ful de­tails such as the name of the pre­sid­ing poor law union.

Sub­scrip­tion web­sites with some Lin­colnshire par­ish in­for­ma­tion in­clude the­ge­neal­o­gist. co.uk and an­ces­try.co.uk, while find­my­past. co.uk as well as the par­ish reg­is­ter images from Lin­colnshire Ar­chives have a num­ber of in­dexes supplied by Lin­colnshire FHS in­clud­ing ceme­tery records, mar­riage bonds and Poor Law records ( find­my­past.co.uk/ar­ti­cles/fed­er­a­tionof-fam­ily-his­tory-so­ci­eties-mem­bers/ lin­colnshire-fam­ily-his­tory-so­ci­ety).

It’s worth search­ing North East Lin­colnshire Ar­chives ‘On­line Ar­chives Cat­a­logue’ ( www. nelincs.gov.uk/li­braries-and-ar­chives/) for de­tails of Grimsby crew lists (1884–1914) and mer­chant ves­sel crew lists, while along­side the usual county guide Genuki has a data­base of bas­tardy records from news­pa­per re­ports of petty ses­sions 1840–55 ( genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LIN/bas­tardy­cases.html).

Fi­nally an in­dex to wills proved at the Lin­coln Con­sis­tory Court (1701-1800) can be down­loaded here: lin­colnshire.gov.uk/lin­col­ncon­sis­tory- court-wills-in­dex/129693.ar­ti­cle.

Lincs to the Past is a gate­way for search­ing the cat­a­logues of sev­eral col­lec­tions in the county Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter Spe­cial Col­lec­tions On­line has free ac­cess to var­i­ous Lin­colnshire di­rec­to­ries

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