Local and Community History Month
May is Local and Community History Month across the UK, a celebration of our local heritage led by The Historical Association. Whether you are conducting research for a specific purpose, or simply wanting to learn more about the people and places across North East Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire Archives and the Local History Library at Grimsby Central Library provide a wealth of resources.
One of the most popular photo requests and the basis of the Streets and their Stories project.
Resources include thousands of photos of streets in Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Waltham, Immingham, surrounding villages and villages and towns across historic Lincolnshire. Over 2,000 photos of Grimsby Streets alone.
Directories can be used to track the change of inhabitants, the date built of a given house, as well as where a pub, hotel or shop might once have been.
The directories have a huge span of years, from a White’s Lincolnshire Directory of 1828 to a Grimsby and Cleethorpes Directory of 1971-72.
Collections feature as part of our Memory Lane groups that restart in May and June.
Available as either physical copy or microfilm, resources include:
- Grimsby Evening Telegraph dating from its conception in 1897
- The Grimsby News 1876-1957 and 1966-1983
- Cleethorpes Chronicle
- The Grimsby Gazette
- Grimsby Free Press
- Grimsby Observer
- Immingham News
Providing a trip down memory lane - an opportunity to browse shops, pubs and streets of the past, as well as the people that make our towns and villages.
We have the themed bygones and monthly editions in bound volumes for each year from 1997 to 2018 inclusive.
Resources cover primary schools, secondary schools and further education for most schools in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, including:
- Newspaper cuttings
- School magazines
Press cuttings span several decades in the 20th Century and provide insightful information, whilst the school magazines, books and log books give insight into life in the school and can be useful for tracing ancestors.
A useful resource for many different enquiries - maps can be used to track changes over many decades and centuries, or hone in to detail about where something once was.
Maps are also good for looking at where ancestors and relatives used to live on streets that no longer exist. For instance, they show how the Old Market Place fitted together with the Bull Ring, as well as the changes over the years as roads have been widened, bridges built or demolished, railways introduced or dissolved.
Maps date from the 1500s all the way through to the present day, with multiple different scales.
Docks & Trawlers
Providing insight for those seeking the history of a particular vessel from an engineering and industrial point of view, or because relatives and ancestors were the crew on said trawler.
Resources include thousands of photographs of trawlers, including those registered to the port of Grimsby and those registered to ports all around the UK.
Newspaper cuttings filed by trawler name can be useful for tracking a particular vessel’s history and looking for noteworthy events.
The Olsen Fishing Almanacks can be used to identify a trawler by its port number or its name, and then further information can be found out - official number, date and where built, owners, vessel net and gross tonnage, and radio call sign.
Grimsby Docks is also a very popular research topic, having provided employment for many local people over the decades. Royal Dock, Alexandra Dock, Fish Docks Nos.1, 2 and 3, the Dock Tower. Newspaper cuttings and photographs cover all of these, plus the Docks are the subject of many books, some of which are on the Local History Month book display (browse below).
Resources can help to solve mysteries or delve further back into family trees.
Parish registers on microfiche include the following deaneries:
- Calcewaith & Candleshoe
The 1918 Absent Voters Electoral Roll is very useful – as with all other electoral registers it lists all those who are eligible to vote at each address, but this list also gives the Service, Ship, Regiment Number, Rank, Rating etc. of those away at War. This information can then be used to unlock finding military records.
Memorial inscriptions and burial registers are available for Scartho Road, Ainslie Street/Doughty Road, and Cleethorpes Cemeteries. For Scartho Road and Cleethorpes Cemeteries there are maps and keys for how to find a specific plot.
A local Grimsby and Cleethorpes marriage database is also searchable via the Family History computer.
Electoral Registers show any and all eligible to vote. For the Grimsby constituency, registers span from 1901 through to present day. For the Cleethorpes constituency, registers span 1918 through to the present day. Whilst the current year’s electoral register is available to view upon request, the electoral registers between 2013 to 2021 (inclusive) are closed records and unavailable.
Whilst in any of the libraries, whether on our computers or using their own device, members of the public have free and unlimited access to Ancestry and the British Newspaper Archive.
At one point or another there’s been 9 different C of E Churches in Grimsby alone, plus New Clee, Old Clee, Littlecoates, Great Coates, Cleethorpes and all of the villages around Lincolnshire.
The Church magazines are very useful for both Local and Family History, as they provide insight into the past and the church’s congregation, and also contain information for those tracing family history such as baptisms, marriages and burials. As well as the magazines and photographs, newspaper cuttings are also available to browse for the Churches as well.
The history of a Church is also often written about in the introductory section within the Directories we hold for Lincolnshire, giving information such as when section(s) of Churches were built and/or restored, and when their registers begin.