Burials and cemeteries
In the searching for family history, it is surprising how much information can be gained by visiting local churches especially ones where family members are known to have been buried or where family members originated from.
A simple gravestone can give you accurate birth and death dates, or at the very least years of both. It can give maiden names of Grandma and Great Grandma or can reveal other information such as an occupation, names of siblings or even include a favourite quote.
Once you have found a grave marker with a surname that links to you it is quite often worth asking at the church to see if they have copies of records you can view. In many churches alongside the traditional bound books that births, deaths and marriages are/were recorded, some churches hold a card index which can be searched. Information held in this type of system varies but it can uncover family information that could unlock a huge part of your family tree. Not all churches hold their
recording books and for those searches we would suggest approaching your local archives, for this area it is based in Lincoln.
With all information searches, it is important to know that not everything you find will be a pleasant find as it can uncover family tragedy too, so please be prepared that it is likely that you may find that too.
It is very much worth talking to staff at churches and Open Churches Days are a brilliant way of doing this. Often for these events the churches will have their records available to view and also you may find they hold a map of the churchyard so you can find other relations.
Where possible we will put information of the Open Churches Days onto our Website and Facebook page. The local Council also produce a booklet that tells you which Churches are open and also can tell you what information you can view when you get there.
We have a close relationship with the Friends of the General Cemetery at Gainsborough who have occasional open days at the Cemetery Chapel and more can be found out on their website.