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England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990
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Lincolnshire,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1990
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records within the county of Lincolnshire for the years 1538-1990. Availability of records may vary by year and locality.

The Church of England was established in 1534 by King Henry VIII and three years later a law was passed that required ministers to record the baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place within their jurisdictions.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Marriages and Banns

  • Marriage date
  • Groom's parents' names
  • Bride's parents' names
  • Bride's maiden name
  • Marriage place
  • Bride and groom's ages
  • Estimated birth year for bride and groom

Births and Christenings

  • Birth date
  • Child's name
  • Parents’ names
  • Child's gender
  • Christening date

Deaths and Burials

  • Estimated birth date
  • Deceased's name
  • Spouse's name
  • Parents’ names
  • Burial date
  • Age at death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample of indexed information:

John Smith England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers
Name John Smith
Event Type Baptism
Event Date 02 Nov 1800
Event Place Messingham, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Gender Male
Father's Name John Smith
Mother's Name Frances Smith
Name John Smith
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 16 May 1850
Event Place Nettleham, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Gender Male
Marital Status Single
Father's Name John Smith
Spouse's Name Mary Sellers
Spouse's Gender Female
Spouse's Marital Status Single
Spouse's Father's Name William Sellers
Name John Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 04 Oct 1816
Event Place Tealby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 67
Birth Year (Estimated) 1749

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Norfolk to the south east
    • Cambridgeshire to the south
    • Rutland to the south west
    • Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to the west
    • South Yorkshire to the north west
    • East Riding of Yorkshire to the north
    • It also borders Northamptonshire in the south for just 20 yards (18 m), England's shortest county boundary
  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Lincolnshire.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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