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Family History at the Archives

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Family History at the Archives

At the Archives we have lots of documents which are full of family names and events. Please use this link to our catalogue which contains 40,000 catalogue entries and is growing all the time.

See the download (below) of family history sources. We are strong on Council records, and on local port, shipping and industrial archives of the 19th and 20th centuries, including registers of ships and apprentices, crew lists, and records of clubs and associations.


The Archives in Grimsby Town Hall also holds microfilm copies of old parish registers for the following Church of England deaneries covering northern Lincolnshire: Bolingbroke, Calcethwaite and Candleshoe, Corringham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes, Haverstoe, Horncastle, Lawres, Louthesk, Manlake, West Wold, Yarborough. You can also consult a set of the microfilms at the Grimsby Central Library.

A complete set of microfilmed registers for all Lincolnshire deaneries is held at the Lincolnshire Archives in Lincoln, which is the Diocesan Record Office. Deposited original Church of England parish registers are also kept there, as well as Bishop’s Transcripts of parish registers, and pre-1858 wills. Its website includes a list of parishes for which registers and bishop’s transcripts are held, as well as a notice-board for researchers in Lincolnshire who wish to share what they have found out. (For copyright reasons, you can only order printouts from the parish register microfiches from the Lincolnshire Archives).   

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Grimsby Central Library (Reference Section) have a wealth of information available to you, including the General Register Offices Indexes; indexes which give information to all births, deaths and marriage in England and Wales from 1st July 1837 up to 2005. You can carry out most of your research there but you are advised to contact the Library by telephone as you may need to book to use the facilities. Telephone: 01472 323603 / 323635.

Archives - Contact Information

North East Lincolnshire Archives, Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1HX.
Tel 01472 323585.

Archives - Opening Hours
Day Opening Times
Monday 9.30-12.30, 1pm-4pm
Tuesday 9.30-12.30, 1pm-4pm
Wednesday 9.30-12.30, 1pm-4pm
Thursday 9.30-12.30, 1pm-4pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Family History at the Library

Research into family history has grown more and more popular in recent years and Grimsby Reference and Local History Library offers a wide range of resources to help people get started with or further their research.

You can download our Family History Leaflet at the bottom of this page.

Census Information

Census enumerators' returns are the only publicly available source of information on each individual within a community. The census has been conducted every ten years since 1801 (except for 1941). The results of each census are published by The Stationery Office in the form of detailed statistics. After one hundred years the forms themselves are made publicly available. The early census returns contain very basic information but more details were included from 1841 onwards including occupations of the householders, ages and place of birth.

Census information is particularly useful to people involved in family history research or the history of their house or street.

Census surname indexes have been compiled for most of the areas in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes district. Vouchers for the 1901 census on-line and for the 1911 census are available for sale in Grimsby Reference Library priced at £5.00.

North East Lincolnshire Council Library Service subscribes to You can use this site free of charge at any NELC Library to access the 1841 – 1901 census returns for England and Wales.

For more information about Family History resources click on the link to our Family History leaflet.


Directories are printed lists of local traders and businesses. They often include private individuals too. In addition to the listings they often include information on the history and economy of local towns and villages. County Directories are generally arranged in alphabetical order by town and village. Not every resident is normally included. They concentrate on employers and self-employed.

The earliest Lincolnshire directory held in Grimsby Local Studies Library was produced in 1826. The town directories for Grimsby and Cleethorpes were first produced in 1852 and were published on a regular basis until 1975.

  • Grimsby and Cleethorpes 1852-1972
  • Lincolnshire 1826-1937
  • Lincoln Diocesan Directory 1867-Date

Electoral Registers

  • Cleethorpes 1918 - Date
  • Grimsby 1901 - Date

These are arranged by electoral ward and then alphabetically by street name. They are not arranged in surname order. Street indexes are available to identify the ward which contains each street.

Earlier Electoral Registers for Grimsby are available on microfilm 1863 – 1900.

General Register Office indexes (GRO)

Indexes to births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales from 1837 – 2004 are held on microfiche.

Marriage Indexes

1754 - 1837. These are arranged within Deaneries, alphabetically by surname and show the date and place of marriage and maiden name.

Memorial Inscriptions

These are available for most of the churches in North East Lincolnshire and are particularly useful for the larger cemeteries, such as Ainslie Street and Scartho Road, enabling you to identify who is buried there and in some cases the location of the graves.

Parish Registers

Parish Registers are available on microfiche and microfilm for a number of Lincolnshire Deaneries including Grimsby and Cleethorpes and Haverstoe. For more information contact the Reference Library.


Staff can undertake up to half an hours research free of charge on behalf of customers after which there is a research fee of £15.00 per hour or part of an hour. For more information contact the Reference Library on 01472 323635/323603 or email

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