Louth, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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Lincolnshire Parishes

Guide to Louth, Lincolnshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Louth, Lincolnshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Louth-Eske Hundred
County Lincolnshire
Poor Law Union Louth
Registration District Louth
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1604
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Louthesk and Ludborough
Diocese Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Peculiar of the Prebendal of Louth
Location of Archive
Lincolnshire Record Office

Parish History

LOUTH (St. James), a market-town and parish, having separate jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the Wold division of the hundred of LouthEske, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln, 28 miles (E. N. E.) from Lincoln, and 150 (N. by E.) from London. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans, Roman Catholics, and others. [1]

There were two additional chapelries built in the 1860s including Holy Trinity (1866) and St. Michael's (1863).


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

The digitisation of parish records for the county now offers images  via the Lincs to the past website (July 2011). Use advanced search terms at Search Lincs to the past to search for available images for parish registers and other records for this parish with images. Advance search terms Louth Holy Trinity Par 1 Louth St James Par 1 Louth St Michael will identify available images.

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collectionLouth

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

See Lincolnshire Census


Pollock, John M:  A Community Revealed.  History and family tree of two families of Saundby.  Joseph Wilson, wife unknown with the following surnames;  Jackson, Lowrys, Newling, Cottingham, Harrison Musgrave, Baker, Darley, Herring and Taylor.  2) Edmund Cottingham and Elizabeth Frances Easton with the following surnames, Musgrave, Wilson, Harrison, dating 1782-1948.  Mr Pollock, was searching Cottinghams from Saundby, Harrisons from Spridlington, Musgraves from Cold Hanworth, and Herrings from Waddingham.  Article in Lincolnshire Family History Soc. Mag vol. 18, no. 2, pages 77-80.  FHL Ref. 942.53 D25Lf

Poor Law Unions

Louth Poor Law Union,Lincolnshire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lincolnshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 179-182. Date accessed: 04 September 2013.