Research into family history has grown more and more popular in recent years and Grimsby Central Library’s Local History Library offers a wide range of resources to help people get started with or further their research.
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.
Lincs Inspire Library Service subscribes to www.ancestrylibrary.com. You can use this site free of charge at any Lincs Inspire Library in Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and Waltham to access the 1841 – 1911 census returns for England and Wales. You can also use your own device to access www.ancestrylibrary.com whilst connected to Lincs Inspire Libraries Wi-Fi.
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 History 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
- 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.