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Resources to help with your research

Library resources to help with your research

To use Lincolnshire Library services you will need a Library card and Pin number. These can be obtained from library staff.

You can book to use a Peoples Network computer in your local library by telephoning the customer service centre: 01522 782010. (You will need your library card and pin number to do this).

You can also book to use microfilm and fiche readers on the same telephone number.

All libraries have photocopiers. Printed books and magazines can be copied in accordance with the copyright regulations. Newscuttings, scrapbooks and items from microfilms and fiches may only be copied for private research. Illustrations are reference only (ask staff for details of how to obtain a copy). Please check with staff first, if the material you would like to copy is delicate, as it may be unsuitable for copying.

Current charges:
Photocopying: 10p per black A4 copy, 50p per A4 colour copy. A3 is20p and £1.00 (coin operated)
Microfilm / fiche reader printers 70p per A4 print (Ask staff for token)

Online resources:
Library Catalogue (available from home and in the Library) https://lincolnshire.spydus.co.uk/
Lincs to the Past www.lincstothepast.com (available from home and in the Library)
Ancestry: www.ancestry.co.uk census, military records etc. (Only available in the library)
Find My Past: www.findmypast.co.uk census etc. (Only available in the library)
British Newspapers Archive: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (Only available in the library)
Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 (available from home and in the Library)
Details of further online resources in downloadable document ‘Lincolnshire Remembrance Online Resources Guide’

Microfiche / Film:

Census from 1841 -1901. (hardcopy/fiches and CD indexes) Ask for the Family History Society disks

Newspapers on Microfilm:
Lincolnshire Chronicle
Lincolnshire, Boston and Spalding Free Press 1849-1950
Lincolnshire Echo 1893 -
Louth and North Lincolnshire Advertiser 1859-88
Market Rasen Mail 1856-1950
Sleaford Journal 1885 -1929
(There are also hard copies of the Lincolnshire Chronicle between 1914 and 1917, but these would need to be requested in advance from staff)

The local history collections of the Library service will include some rare books as well as unique items. You will need to ask to use these resources as they are kept in a locked cabinet.

Some examples at Lincoln Central Library include:

  • Lincoln in Memoriam (L.355)
  • Lincolnshire Yeomanry County Memorial to the Fallen 1922 (L.355)
  • Abell Collection 1939-45
  • 4th Northern General Hospital Scrapbooks (L.Linc.362.1)
  • Lambert scrapbook 1918-19 (00702767)
  • Fate scrapbook 1915-23 (L.Linc 909)
  • Dawber Scrapbook (L.09)
  • Do also check what is held by the library in your local area!
  • Central Library also has a collection of local history books which include
  • Published works on Lincolnshire villages and towns (L.000)
  • Lincolnshire Regiment books (L.355) (including Soldiers who Died in the Great War)
  • The RAF, Airfields and WW2 (L.358)
  • Lincolnshire war industries: including development of the tank, Hornsby’s Our Part in the Great War and books by Rustons (L.Linc.623)

Lincoln Book of Memory:
The Lincoln Book of Memory lists local people (both servicemen and civilians) who died as a result of military action during the First and Second World Wars. The Book belongs to the City of Lincoln, but is on permanent display in the foyer of the Central Library. Members of the public may ask to view specific entries within the Book. A microfilmed version is also available upon request.

Monumental Inscriptions:
A Family History Society survey of Lincolnshire graveyards, that could be a useful resource if you are looking for Additions to graves as a type of war memorial, or casualties who are buried in the graveyard. The information is filed alphabetically by village.

Newspaper Cuttings Files:
Newspaper clippings for each village and in subject areas have been collected by library staff for some time, (1960s onwards) the village files often include nostalgia clippings which may reference older newspaper articles so it may be worth checking the file for the place you are investigating. Other local area libraries also maintain this type of file.

Subject files include Lincolnshire War Memorials (1 + 2) and Lincoln War Memorials (1+2) in the Central library.
Ephemera and pamphlets:

Lincoln Central Library has a collection of miscellaneous leaflets and pamphlets that are locally related. This could be a valuable source of information to help inform you about a particular organisation, so it is worth checking what is here. There is a sheaf index for this collection located on top of the card index system. Items may also appear in the Lincs to the Past Online catalogue.

Subjects that are covered include WWI and WWII, Victoria Crosses, Tanks.

Lincoln Central Library has an extensive illustrations collection. There is a card index system by which they are referenced. You will need to ask library staff for help if you would like to view an illustration or photograph as they kept in locked filing cabinets. The illustrations are for reference only but it is possible to apply for a copy of an illustration which can be supplied digitally for a small fee. Many of the illustrations (but not all) appear on the Lincs to the Past catalogue.

Card Index System:
It is worth checking the card index system as it may have entries for the village /town you are investigating and also covers subjects including:
World War I
World War II
War Memorials
Ruston and Hornsby - aeroplanes
….and many, many others!

This guide only covers Lincoln Central Library but many of the local libraries also have extensive Local History collections which are worth investigating, and all the libraries should be able to give you access to the online resources available by booking Peoples Network computers. Microfilm and fiches readers and the most relevant local newspapers are often available in local libraries too.

Please do ask your local library staff for help, but remember that they have limited time and may not be experts in researching local history!

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