Findmypast.co.uk has recently added some fascinating Lincolnshire records:
“Leading family history website findmypast.co.uk has today made available online records showing the life and times of some of the most famous figures in the largest county in east England, Lincolnshire.
The handwritten registers from Lincolnshire Archives date back to 1538 and span more than 300 years; they provide insight into baptisms, marriages and burials from 103 parishes across Lincolnshire, from Laughton to Gedney Hill.
Some of the incredible details include information on the baptisms of scientist Isaac Newton and poet Lord Tennyson, famous for the Lincoln inspired Victorian ballad, “The Lady of Shallot”. The records also include information on the burial of famous hangman William Marwood, renowned for inventing the “long drop” technique that ensured the prisoner’s neck was broken instantly at the end of the drop, considered to be a kinder way to be executed.
Debra Chatfield, a family historian at findmypast.co.uk, said: “The Lincolnshire parish records include fascinating information about some of our most noteworthy and infamous figures, not just from Lincolnshire’s history, but the whole of British history.
“Publishing them online so that people can find the ancestors and see whether they are related to Sir Isaac Newton or one of the other celebrities we’ve uncovered, such as poet Lord Tennyson, polar explorer John Franklin, or mathematician George Boole, is really exciting.” Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for libraries and culture, said: “Lincolnshire has a rich cultural heritage, and the county council has long sought to celebrate and enhance this through digital access. The partnership with findmypast.co.uk is a very positive development that will help bring these records to a wider, global audience, and hopefully encourage people to explore more of the county’s vibrant history.”
The records are now part of the UK’s largest online parish record collection at findmypast.co.uk, along with 1.6 billion family history records including censuses, military, newspaper and crime records. Many resources available on findmypast.co.uk can be accessed for free in Lincolnshire’s libraries.
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