Great Grimsby St Mary and St James, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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Great Grimsby St Mary and St James

Guide to Great Grimsby St Mary and St James, Lincolnshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Great Grimsby St Mary and St James, Lincolnshire
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Grimsby St James Lincolnshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bradley Haverstoe
County Lincolnshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Caistor
Registration District Caistor
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1561
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Grimsby
Diocese Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lincolnshire Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

The Ancient Parish of Great Grimsby whose church dates from the early 13th century in part. The church was extended in 1906 and 1920 by the addition of chapels and was restored after World War II bomb damage.

Originally called Great Grimsby to distinguish it from the village of Little Grimsby, Lincolnshire Genealogy in the early nineteenth century the fishing port and market town grew rapidly and rail travel increased its importance as home of a large trawler fleet. The town is known as Grimsby the older appellation is now archaic.

The development of the town was accompanied by growing church building for many faiths.

GRIMSBY, GREAT (St. James), a borough, sea-port, market-town, and parish, in the union of Caistor, wapentake of BradleyHaverstoe, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln, 16 miles (S. E.) from Hull, 35 (N. E. by N.) from Lincoln, and 161 (N.) from London. There are places of worship for Baptists, Primitive Methodists, and Wesleyans. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

This parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of Caistor registration district.

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Great Grimsby St Mary and St James parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FREG = FreeREG - free
FMP = Lincolnshire Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Banns = Lincolnshire Banns (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Marr Index = Lincolnshire Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Marr = Lincolnshire Marriage Licence Bonds and Allegations (FindMyPast) - ($)
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - ($)
NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Great Grimsby St Mary and St James Online Parish Records
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FS PRs 1538-1990
FS 1538-1975
FREG 1538-1900s
FMP 1538-1911
FMP Banns


FMP Marr Index


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FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the Lincolnshire Archives.

Many records are available at the Grimsby Central Library (see below).

Material deposited at Lincolnshire Archives, St Rumbold Street,Lincoln,Lincolnshire,LN2 5AB,England Enquiries: The website enables you to view a PDF file for all records held for each parish as part of continuing efforts to provide an online catalogue

The digitisation of parish records for the county now offers images  via the Lincs to the past website (July 2011). Use advanced search terms at Search Lincs to the past to search for available images for parish registers and other records for this parish with images. Advance search terms Grimsby St James Par 1 will identify available images.

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Grimsby, Great St Mary and St James

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

See Lincolnshire Census

Genealogy From Periodicals
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Whitmore, Elizabeth. Family Fortunes - Don't Forget the Wives. Description of the family of William Whitmore, and Dorothy Batterby, and his partner Frances Cook and descendants, including a Family Tree dating from 1661-1970, with surnames Horn, Rutland, Caney, Tuddenham, Miller, Morris and Dixon. The descendants moved from Shouldham, to Feltwell, Brandon Suffolk, and Grimsby Lincs. Article in The Norfolk Ancestor, new series vol. 2, pt. 9, pages 553-555. Family History Library Ref. 942.61 B2j new ser. v2, pt 9.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Caistor Poor Law Union,Lincolnshire

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lincolnshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Newspaper Archives[edit | edit source]

Local newspapers going back over 100 years are archived on microfiche at Grimsby Central Library (see below). The Grimsby Telegraph also publish a regular special called 'Bygones' which is full of old photographs, stories, nostalgia and reader requests.

Record Office[edit | edit source]

Grimsby Central Library's first floor has plenty or resources for family historians, including the Grimsby Telegraph Archives, old phone books and trade directories, graveyard indexes, old maps, census and parish records and books on local history. Many resources include the surrounding villages, for example there is an index and map for the graveyard at North Thoresby, Lincolnshire Genealogy parish church.

Grimsby Central Library
Town Hall Square, Town Hall Street, Town Centre, Grimsby DN31 1HG
01472 323 600

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 340-343. Date accessed: 21 August 2013.

Grimsby Telegraph website