Family History Research

Our finding aids, reference books and original records will help you to find out more about where and how your family lived.

You can start your family history research using our online database, which contains 70,000 catalogue entries and is growing all the time.

North East Lincolnshire Archives holds microfilm copies of parish registers for the following Church of England deaneries in northern Lincolnshire:

  • Bolingbroke
  • Calcethwaite and Candleshoe
  • Corringham
  • Grimsby and Cleethorpes
  • Haverstoe
  • Horncastle
  • Lawres
  • Louthesk
  • Manlake
  • West Wold
  • Yarborough


The original parish registers and other parish records, such as banns books and settlement papers, are held at Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln. Lincolnshire Archives is the Diocesan Record Office, and it has custody of the Bishop’s Registers, Bishop’s Transcripts of parish registers, marriages licences and wills proved by the Lincoln Consistory Court. Its website includes a list of those parishes for which it holds the parish registers and/or the Bishop’s Transcripts.

Obtaining copies of baptism, marriage and burial events

For copyright reasons, printouts of the parish register microfiches must be ordered from Lincolnshire Archives.

Civil registration after 1st July 1837

Civil registration of births, deaths and marriages was introduced as a legal requirement in England and Wales from 1st July 1837. Copy certificates of these events can be obtained from the General Register Office or from the local registration services run by local authorities. Fees are payable. North East Lincolnshire Archives does not supply these certificates.

You will need to know the exact date and location of the event before applying for a certificate. Indexes for the whole of England and Wales, 1837-2000, are available at Grimsby Central Library.