Find your ancestors in Lincolnshire baptisms

Each record will provide an image of the original register held at the Lincolnshire Archives and a transcript. The details in each record will vary depending on the age and condition of the record. Later records will uncover more information about your ancestors. Below is a list of the details found in most transcripts.

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Birth year
  • Baptism date
  • Place
  • County and country
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name

From 1538, parishes were required to record all vital life events in a single bound volume. These early registers can help you to reconstruct the lives of your English ancestors centuries before the beginning of civil registration. In 1812, all vital events were required by law to be recorded in separate standardised volumes. We have provided a full list of the Lincolnshire parish registers places to assist you with your search. The Lincolnshire parish registers are held by the Lincolnshire Archives.

The Romans first settled Lincolnshire in 50 AD. They built a key highway connecting Lincoln to York. In 1068, William the Conqueror built Lincoln Castle and Lincoln Cathedral on the same site of the original Roman settlement. In 1300, Lincoln Cathedral was considered the tallest building in the world due to its large spires; however, in 1549 the spires collapsed during a storm and they were never reconstructed. In the records, you can find the name of some of Lincolnshire’s remarkable natives including Sir Isaac Newton and Edward Chad Varah, the founder of the Samaritans.