Trace Your Leicestershire Ancestors
This landmark collection of Leicestershire records is exclusively available online at Findmypast. Explore over 500 years of Leicestershire history and discover your ancestors now.
Exclusive Leicestershire Collection
We are delighted to publish online for the first time millions of historic records in partnership with Leicestershire County Council’s Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
This rich archive spanning the years 1490 to 1991, consists of beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents. There is a variety of fascinating records to search, including parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials, wills and probate records dating back to 1490, and millions of electoral registers spanning the years 1710 to 1974.
The records are full of fascinating details of Leicestershire life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of England’s most central county for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling you to to search for your Leicestershire ancestors by name, location and date.
Covering a wide area and timeframe, many of the region's most famous sons and daughters can be found in our Leicestershire records including Daniel Lambert - the well-known gaol keeper and animal breeder who was famed for his unusual size.
Lambert appears in a 1770 baptism register from St Margaret's church in Leicester. In 1805, Lambert weighed 50 stone making him the heaviest authenticated person up to that point in recorded history.
The parents of the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick can be found in an 1861 marriage register from the parish of Thurmaston. Joseph Rockley Merrick and his wife, Mary Jane Potterton, ran a haberdashery shop in Leicester and young Joseph enjoyed a close relationship with his mother. He was eventually forced to flee the family home after his mother's death and father's remarriage as he was viewed as a financial burden and treated cruelly.
Harold Lineker- the grandfather of Leicestershire sporting icon, Gary Lineker, can be found in a 1911 baptism register from the Leicester parish of St George. The register reveals that Harold's aunts, Grace and Maud Lineker, were baptised alongside him.