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About Lincs to the Past

Lincs to the Past is focused on giving access to cultural heritage collections. Thousands upon thousands of records (and images) relating to objects, monuments, books, documents, registers… are available online for you to enjoy, to explore, to discover, and to learn about.

Lincs to the Past is a hub for research and local information and covers items held in Lincolnshire’s Archives, Libraries, Museums and Tennyson Research Centre. It is a search engine that provides a single place from which to search through a wide range of cultural collections from across Lincolnshire.

What collections can I access?

The collections available through Lincs to the Past are:

Archives

Lincolnshire Archives is the public archive service for Lincolnshire (http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/archives). The Archives centre in Lincoln offers an accessible search room for researchers investigating the extensive archive and reference library collections but for those who cannot physically visit the site, you can search a wealth of resources online.

This search engine includes the following:

Documents
A catalogue of over 300,000 original documents relating mainly to Lincolnshire; dating from the 11th Century to the present day. Types of records include those of the Diocese of Lincoln, Church of England parishes, other religious denominations, landed estates, businesses, solicitors, organisations, local authorities, courts, schools and other public bodies. Not all the catalogues of the Archives are yet available on-line, but they will be added to regularly [we always welcome volunteers who can help with our project to re-key over 50 years’ worth of typescript catalogues].

When requesting documents, please make sure that you use references from the lowest level of the relevant catalogue, by using the navigation links in the Sequence Details section.

Parish Registers
A catalogue of Lincolnshire Parish Registers, providing references for the baptism, marriage and burial registers dating from 1538 to the 20th Century.

Lincs to the Past holds over 200,000 images of individual pages of these registers for the following periods: baptisms 1538-1911, burials 1538 onwards, and marriages 1538-1837. The events (baptisms, burials and marriages) and dates are all searchable, as are many surnames.

There is also an index to nearly 21,000 microfiche of Parish Registers, providing references for viewing those later registers for which images are not yet included on Lincs to the Past.

Convicts Database
A database of Lincolnshire convicts known to have been transported Australia, Gibraltar and Bermuda between 1788 and 1868. There are nearly 2,000 convicts listed here with details of their convictions and sentencing.

Maps
Lincs to the Past includes images of nearly 2000 Ordnance Survey maps, covering much of historic Lincolnshire. The majority are 2nd edition 25” maps (c1905), annotated by the Valuation Office c1910. Where these do not survive, we have tried to fill gaps with other blank maps. For some urban areas larger scale maps, mostly 50” to the mile, are available. The “Zoomify” function allows you to zoom in to the smallest annotation or individual buildings.

The annotated maps show the boundaries of individual properties, and the corresponding numbers relate to entries in the “Records of Valuations made by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, in accordance with the provisions of pt 1 of the Finance (1909-10) Act, 1910”, [Reference: 6-TAX]. The registers at this reference give details of the owners and occupiers of each property, so are an excellent starting point for house history research.

Probate Index
Images of approximately 75,000 probate inventories are included on Lincs to the Past. These itemise the possessions of deceased people from a wide range of occupations in the period 1504-1853, and are important social history resources.

There are also approximately 75,000 index entries for other probate records such as Wills and Administration Bonds from the following series:

  • Lincoln Consistory Court Wills, 1801-1858
  • Lincoln Consistory Court Administrations, 1674-1701 & 1729-1858
  • Archdeaconry of Stow Wills, 1700-1834
  • Archdeaconry of Stow Administrations, 1700-1834
  • Wills in the Dean & Chapter Act Books, 1305-1534
  • Miscellaneous Wills, Inventories and Administrations, series J-Q, 1525-1857
  • Various “Aylmer” Wills, 1489-1588
  • Office Copy Wills from Lincoln Probate Registry, 1858-1910
  • Prebendal Court of Empingham, Rutland, Wills, Administrations & Inventories, 1751-1835
  • Prebendal Court of Nassington, Northamptonshire, Wills, 1748-1844
  • Wills from the Lincoln “White Book”, 1467-1618

Books
A catalogue of nearly 25,000 books and periodicals relating mainly to the history of Lincolnshire, held in the Foster Library at the Archives, and at some other libraries.

Newspaper Index
A subject index of over 23,000 newspaper articles, mainly from 19th Century issues of the Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury. Microfilms of the newspapers are available for consultation at Lincoln Central Library, Boston Library, Grantham Library, Sleaford Library and Stamford Library.

Tennyson Research Centre

The Tennyson Research Centre, at Lincoln Central Library holds the most significant collection of books, letters, printers’ proofs, photographs illustrations and objects relating to Alfred Tennyson and his family. Please follow this link for more information.

Lincs to the Past contains details of the books and letters held at the Centre, and a lot more besides, including images of:

  • Julia Cameron’s photographs
  • Manuscript for In Memoriam
  • Early proofs of Charge of the Light Brigade

Museums

Search the superb collections of Lincolnshire County Council. There are thousands of objects to choose from, from gold rings to photographs, ammonites to Turner paintings, and images of many of these items are available to view.

Please follow this link for more information and this link for details of individual sites.

Libraries

This search engine includes reference, local studies and non-fiction items from the holdings of Lincolnshire County Council’s libraries. For the full Library Catalogue, including details of how to reserve books and availability at library branches throughout the County, please see http://virtuallibrary.lincolnshire.gov.uk.

Historic Environment Record

The Historic Environment Record (HER), which you can get to by following this link, records information on archaeological sites and standing buildings in Lincolnshire, from Lincoln Cathedral and World War II airfields to finds of single Roman coins. The HER also holds details of Scheduled Monuments and Listed Buildings.

This search engine provides a gateway to nearly twenty-five thousand records, and acts as an index to the rest of the HER.

The HER has a large library of local books and journals, thousands of aerial photographs, hundreds of archaeological reports, photographs, maps and overlays. Everything held in the HER is available to visitors to help them with their research.

See also: http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/

Look Out For

Lincoln 3D Scans: Oliver Laric

26th July – 26th October 2014

Free exhibition at The Usher Gallery, Lincoln. Oliver Laric presents a new sculptural commission which forms part of the Lincoln 3D scans project. This project is made possible due to the kind support of The Contemporary Art Society funded by the Sfumato Foundation, Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council.


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