Silk Willoughby, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Silk Willoughby St Denis is an Ancient Parish which includes Silkby.

The Norman Church restored in subsequent centuries notably in 1878 and 1907-1908 is dedicated to St Denys in older records but the more modern spelling may have been adopted due to proximity to the New Sleaford, Lincolnshire St Denys. Saint Denys or Saint Denis are alternative spellings for the same person.

The small village is two miles south of Sleaford.

"WILLOUGHBY, SILK (St. Denis), a parish, in the union of Sleaford, wapentake of Aswardhurn, parts of Kesteven, county of Lincoln, 2 miles (S. S. W.) from Sleaford; containing 227 inhabitants."[1]


Civil Registration

The parish was within the Sleaford sub-district of Sleaford registration district.

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 Silk Willoughby Par 1 will identify available images.

Material deposited at Lincolnshire Archives,

St Rumbold Street

Enquiries: The website enables you to view a PDF file for all records held for each parish as part of continuing efforts to provide an online catalogue.

Link to the Family History Library Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Willoughby, Silk

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

Poor Law Unions

Sleaford 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

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A. Topographical Dictionary of England. Published London (1848); URL: