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Archives, Libraries & Museums

Archives & Libraries

Lincolnshire has a rich archival store. Don't overlook any of these. The Lincolnshire Archives are located at:

  • Lincolnshire Archives  
  • St. Rumbold Street
  • Lincoln, Lincs.
  • LN2 5AB
  • United Kingdom
The Archives also publish an historical gazetteer and a CD-ROM detailing many of the indexes and sources available for research.

The Archives have a second web address at Microsites.

Because traditional Lincolnshire has been split in recent years by political boundary reorganisation, the North East portion was once part of a separate political entity (Humberside) and had its own Record Office and Archive. That RO and Archive were in Grimsby and continue to operate as the NE Lincolnshire Archive. The nearby Grimsby Library have the GRO Index (formerly St. Catherine's) of Civil Registration from 1837. The Archive location is:

  • NE Lincolnshire Archives 
  • Grimsby Town Hall
  • Grimsby, Lincs.
  • DN31 1HX
  • United Kingdom
  • There is wheelchair access

The Lincolnshire Library has many services, including a web page devoted to Family History services.

  • Local Studies Library 
  • Central Library
  • Free School Lane
  • Lincoln
  • LN2 1EZ
  • United Kingdom
  • Web site: Family History
  • e-mail: (none)
  • Tel: (01522) 510800
  • Fax: (01522) 535882

  • Monday - Friday 9:30-19:00, Saturday 9:30-16:00

The North Lincolnshire Library also has a wealth of Family History records and archives, particularly for surrounding parishes:

  • North Lincolnshire Library 
  • Carlton Street
  • Scunthorpe
  • DN15 6TX
  • United Kingdom

The Spalding Library has local parish census returns and other records. Don't forget to check their archive of Spalding area newspapers (The Spalding Standard 1912-1916; The Spalding Guardian; Holbeach, Long Sutton & Sutton Bridge Advertiser 1881 - present):

  • Spalding Library 
  • Victoria Street
  • Spalding
  • PE11 1EA
  • United Kingdom
  • Web site: None
  • e-mail: None
  • Tel: (01775) 769916
  • Fax: (01775) 768931
  • Monday - Friday 9:30-17:30, Saturday 9:00-13:00

Access the British Library Public Catalogue to search for historical reference material.


Many Lincolnshire records and UK-wide information is stored at the Public Record Office. There is an online index for searching at the National Archives.

A new national source is the National Archivist site, with:

Volunteers at your local Family History Centre Libraries are available to help you with your search.

The WorldGenWeb maintains Project Archives for public review.

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Museums

Local museums can hold a surprising hoard of family history information, parish records, photographs, etc.:

In Grimsby, one should check these:

  1. The Fishing Museum (actually the "National Fishing Heritage Centre") with many photographs and artifacts from that industry.

  2. The Welholme Galleries, which started converting to a local history museum in 1999.

  3. Telephone the Council at 01472 313131 to confirm dates and times open.

In the south of Lincolnshire, look into the resources at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum:

  • The Wisbech and Fenland Museum 
  • Museum Square
  • Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
  • PE13 1ES
  • United Kingdom
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Hints for the new researcher

The key to making your search more rewarding is planning. Here are some preparation ideas from Kath Heywood and myself:

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[Last updated: 13-April-2014 - Louis R. Mills]