Wigtoft Genealogical Records

Wigtoft Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Wigtoft Baptism Records (1655-1911)

Baptism records from people born in and around Wigtoft between 1655 and 1911. Lists the name of people's parent's, their occupations and abode.

Wigtoft Bastardy Records (1754-1828)

Records detailing the birth of illegitimate children from 1754 to 1828.

Lincolnshire Bastardy Cases (1647-1849)

Records detailing the circumstances surrounding the birth of over 2,400 illegitimate children in Lincolnshire.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

Wigtoft Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Wigtoft Marriage Records (1655-1837)

Marriage registers record Anglican marriages in Wigtoft. They are the primary marriage document before 1837 and contain the same details as marriage certificates from then on.

Wigtoft Marriage Records (1837-1910)

A searchable transcript of marriages from the parish registers of Wigtoft. They may list residence, marital status, witnesses and more.

Lincoln Diocese Marriage Licences (1598-1628)

Abstracts of documents grating couples a right to marry in church by licences issued by Lincoln Diocese. The abstracts list name, condition, occupation, residence, age and other details.

Lincoln Diocese Marriage Bonds & Allegations (1628-1837)

An index to over 40,000 marriage allegations issued by the Diocese of Lincoln, its Dean and Chapters and Prebendal Courts.

Wigtoft Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Wigtoft Burial Records (1655-1821)

Records of burial for people buried at Wigtoft between 1655 and 1821. Details include the deceased's name, residence and age.

St Peter & St Paul, Wigtoft Burial Records (1813-1900)

Burial records covering those buried at St Peter & St Paul, Wigtoft_. This resource is an index and may not include all the details that were recorded in the burial registers from which they were extracted.

Lincolnshire Workhouse Deaths (1866-1944)

Transcripts of documents recording nearly 10,000 deaths of inmates in the workhouses at Boston, Bourne, Gainsborough, Holbeach, Lincoln and Louth in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Cemetery Registers (1854-1999)

Extracted entries for over 60,000 burials that occurred in municipal cemeteries.

Wigtoft Church Records

Wigtoft Parish Registers (1655-1911)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though useful to the present also.

Speculum of Lincoln and Stow Archdeaconries (1705-1732)

Records of religious houses in the archdeaconries of Lincoln & Stow.

Rolls & Register of Bishop Oliver Sutton (1280-1299)

Records detailing the administration of the Archdeaconry of Lincoln. Largely consists of memorandums regarding appointments.

Rolls & Register of Bishop Oliver Sutton, Vol. 2 (1280-1299)

Records detailing the administration of the Archdeaconry of Lincoln. Largely consists of memorandums regarding appointments.

Rolls & Register of Bishop Oliver Sutton, Vol. 3 (1280-1299)

Records detailing the administration of the Archdeaconry of Lincoln, largely consisting of the affairs of its clergy.

Wigtoft Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

British Phone Books (1880-1984)

Directories containing over 275,000,000 entries. As well as name, address and phone number, occupations are often recorded. A useful census substitute.

Wigtoft Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Early Lincoln Wills (1280-1547)

Abstracts of early wills, naming legates etc., from the Diocese of Lincoln, covering parts of Lincolnshire and surrounding counties.

Consistory Court of Lincoln Probate Index (1601-1652)

Index of wills proved in the Consistory Court of Lincoln. Provides a reference which can be used to locate records.

Calendars of Lincoln Wills (1601-1652)

A list of wills proved by the Consistory Court of Lincoln.

Consistory Court of Lincoln Administration Index (1540-1659)

Index of administration proved in the Consistory Court of Lincoln. Provides a reference which can be used to locate records.

Newspapers Covering Wigtoft

Stamford Mercury (1714-1895)

This fully searchable newspaper will provide a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Stamford district. Includes family announcements.

Lincolnshire Echo (1893-1911)

A searchable newspaper providing a rich variety of information about the people and places of the Lincolnshire district. Includes obituaries and family announcements.

Lincolnshire Chronicle (1838-1904)

A regional newspaper including news from the Lincolnshire district, business notices, family announcements, legal & governmental proceedings, advertisements and more.

Lincoln Gazetteer (1784-1785)

A very rare early newspaper covering the Lincoln area. Original images, searchable by an OCR index.

The Daily Herald (1926)

A London newspaper that later became The Sun.

Wigtoft Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Wigtoft Cemeteries

Lincolnshire Church Notes (1300-1840)

Notes regarding churches in Lincolnshire, with extensive transcriptions of memorials in the churches.

Lincolnshire Cemetery Registers (1854-1999)

Extracted entries for over 60,000 burials that occurred in municipal cemeteries.

Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions (1600-1995)

An index to vital details engraved on over 30,000 gravestones and other monuments across the county of Lincoln.

Lincolnshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Lincolnshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Wigtoft Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire (1930)

A directory of settlements in Lincolnshire detailing their history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire (1930)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire (1926)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire (1922)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire (1919)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Lincolnshire Settlement Certificates (1675-1860)

Transcriptions of 8,600 certificates that allowed people to return to a parish if a parish they moved to ejected them. Useful for tracing the migration of poorer citizens.

Lincolnshire Final Concords (1244-1272)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Kesteven Quarter Sessions (1674-1695)

Transcriptions of court records relating to disputes and crimes in the county.

Kesteven Quarter Sessions, Vol. 2 (1674-1695)

Transcriptions of court records relating to disputes and crimes in the county.

Lincolnshire Sessions of the Peace (1381-1396)

Transcripts of legal records documenting minor legal disputes in the districts of Kesteven & Holland.

Wigtoft Taxation Records

Lincolnshire Domesday & Lindsey Survey (1066-1118)

A transcription of the Lincolnshire section of the Domesday Book, which records land ownership, use and value in the late 11th century; and similar survey completed in 1118.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Wigtoft Land & Property Records

Lincolnshire Final Concords (1244-1272)

Abstracts of records that detail land conveyances.

Lincolnshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Lincolnshire doomsday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Lincolnshire Domesday & Lindsey Survey (1066-1118)

A transcription of the Lincolnshire section of the Domesday Book, which records land ownership, use and value in the late 11th century; and similar survey completed in 1118.

Lincolnshire Assize Rolls (1202-1209)

Early legal records, largely covering serious cases referred by lower courts. Many entries record transfers and disputes relating to land.

Lincolnshire Assize Roll (1298)

Early legal records, largely covering serious cases refereed by lower courts. Many entries record transfers and disputes relating to land.

Wigtoft Occupation & Business Records

Lincolnshire Parish Apprentice Indentures (1618-1925)

Abstracts of apprenticeship indentures initiated by parishes in Lincolnshire. These records provide details on parents' names and occupations.

Smuggling on the East Coast (1600-1892)

An introduction to smuggling on the east coast of England, with details of the act in various regions.

Lincolnshire Post Offices (1770-Present)

Profiles of Lincolnshire post offices, including details of those who worked there.

Midlands Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the Midlands region of England.

Lost Pubs of Lincolnshire (1750-Present)

Short histories of former public houses, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

Wigtoft School & Education Records

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Dissenting Academy Database (1660-1860)

Histories of schools operated by non-conformist clergy.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Wigtoft

Victoria County History: Lincolnshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Visitation of Religious Houses in Lincoln Diocese (1436-1449)

Records detailing the history of religious houses in the Diocese of Lincoln.

The Visitation of the County of Lincoln (1400-1666)

Pedigrees of some of the country's gentry families.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Wigtoft Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Victoria County History: Lincolnshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Visitation of Religious Houses in Lincoln Diocese (1436-1449)

Records detailing the history of religious houses in the Diocese of Lincoln.

The Visitation of the County of Lincoln (1400-1666)

Pedigrees of some of the country's gentry families.

Lincolnshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Lincolnshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

Wigtoft Military Records

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls (1914-1920)

Index and original images of over 5 million medal index cards for British soldiers It can be searched by individual's name, Coprs, Unit and Regiment. Due to the loss of many WWI service records, this is the most complete source for British WWI soldiers

British Army WWI Service Records (1914-1920)

This rich collection contains contains records for 1.9 million non-commissioned officers and other ranks who fought in WWI. Due to bomb damage in WWI, around 60% of service records were lost. Documents cover: enlistment, medical status, injuries, conduct, awards and discharge. A great deal of genealogical and biographical documentation can be found in these documents, including details on entire families, physical descriptions and place of birth.

Silver War Badges (1914-1920)

An index to nearly 900,000 military personnel who were awarded the Silver War Badge for sustaining injures. Records include rank, regimental number, unit, dates of enlistment and discharge, and reason for discharge.

Wigtoft Immigration & Travel Records

Lincolnshire Settlement Certificates (1675-1860)

Transcriptions of 8,600 certificates that allowed people to return to a parish if a parish they moved to ejected them. Useful for tracing the migration of poorer citizens.

Lincolnshire Settlement Examinations (1721-1865)

Over 5,000 documents in which an individual was examined to establish which parish they could be returned to if they became a burden.

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

Wigtoft Histories & Books

Lincolnshire Domesday Records (1086)

An English translation of Lincolnshire doomsday records. This transcripts details the county's landowners in 1086.

Victoria County History: Lincolnshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Lincolnshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Lincolnshire.

Sewer Records in the Parts of Holland (1547-1603)

A transcription of records detailing sewage, drainage, dyking and other facets of managing waste and waters.

Lincolnshire Church Photographs (1960-Present)

Photographs of Anglican and other denominational churches in the county of Lincolnshire.

Biographical Directories Covering Wigtoft

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Church of England Clergy Database (1500-1835)

A database of CoE clergy, giving details of their education of service. Contains references to source documents. Also contains profiles of various church institutions.

Wigtoft Maps

Maps of Lincolnshire (1617-1922)

Digital images of maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Wigtoft Reference Works

Lincolnshire Geographic Names (2005)

Descriptions of common Lincolnshire place name elements and some of the best known places in the county.

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

Wigtoft Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

WIGTOFT is a parish, 2 miles north-west from Algarkirk station on the East Lincolnshire section of the Great Northern railway, 3 south-east-by-south from Swineshead and 7 south-west-by-south from Boston, in the Holland division of the county, parts of Holland, in Kirton wapentake, petty sessional division of Kirton and Skirbeck, Boston union and county court district, rural deanery of North Holland No. 1, archdeaconry and diocese of Lincoln. The church of SS. Peter and Paul is an ancient building of stone, in the Norman, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with small spire, containing 5 bells and a clock: the oldest portion of this, church is a richly ornamented Late Norman window in the western face of the tower: the porch exhibits portions of Norman and later work: the nave and aisles belong to the first half of the 14th century: the lower part of the tower is Early English, but the upper stage and angle turret are Perpendicular, and to this period also belong the chancel and clerestory: portions of a lofty Perpendicular rood screen exist, as well as the entrance to the rood loft, and there is a good Jacobean pulpit: in the south aisle is a piscina, and an aumbry and some fragments of old glass, including a quartered shield of France and England, two dragons and a lion’s head, jessant de lis, remain in the windows: in the chancel are two chairs, partially constructed from old carved bench ends: the church was thoroughly restored in 1891—2 at a cost of £1,051, open seats being substituted for the old pews: during the restoration a beautiful canopied tomb was discovered in the south wall of the south aisle: the church affords 250 sittings. The register dates from the year 1618. There formerly existed here a very valuable book of churchwardens accounts, relating to this church, 1484—1631, the contents of which, previous to its loss, were printed in Mr. John Nicholls' “Antient Manners in England,” published in 1797, pp-77—87; 195—230. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £252, including 139 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Lincoln, and held since 1870 by the Rev. Joseph Heath MA. of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, rural dean of Holland No. 1, and J.P. Lincs. Here is a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1862. At Hoffleet Stow, in this parish, is the brewery of Mr. William Sharpe. There are several charities connected with this parish, amounting to £50, the most important being the Blisbury gift; the whole sum is distributed at Easter and Christmas in money. The principal landowners are Earl Brownlow P.C. lord lieut. John William Ingram esq. of Onslow gardens, London, John Harrison Brown, of the Fen Houses, Mrs. Hargreaves, Mr. Francis Cocks, of Tower street, Boston, Paul Speak esq. of Bradford, Mrs. Jane Hides, of Asperton, Wigtoft, Capt. William Craufurd Hurrell, of Burgh-in-the-Marsh, Mr. J. W. Barton, of Lombard street. London, and Miss Barton, of Spilsby road, Boston, and there are many small freeholders. The soil is loam; subsoil, loam and clay. The chief crops are wheat, beans, potatoes, celery, with a great portion of rich pasture land The area is 3,444 acres; rateable value, £4,395; the population in 1891 was 653.

The portion of the Fen allotted to this parish at the Inclosure is 7 miles north from the church.

This parish was made contributory to Kirton School Board, September 9, 1879, electing 1 member.

Free School (mixed), founded in 1835 & endowed with £33 yearly, called the Blisbury charity; there are now 90 scholars.

Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire (1896)

Surnames Found in Wigtoft

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Sharpe142.07
2Twigg131.92
3Lake121.78
4Walter111.63
5West111.63
6Burton101.48
7Boothby101.48
8Brackenbury91.33
9Baxter91.33
10King91.33
11Goldsmith91.33
12Brown91.33
13Preston91.33
14Robinson91.33
15Cocks91.33
16Watson91.33
17Dowse81.18
18Allen81.18
19Sellars81.18
20Garratt81.18
21Boss71.04
22Pacey71.04
23Heath71.04
24Kettleboro71.04
25Stephenson71.04
26Sinclair71.04
27Morley71.04
28Hardy71.04
29Atkinson71.04
30Randall71.04
31Burman71.04
32Gilding71.04
33Fidler71.04
34Elliss60.89
35Cutforth60.89
36Everson60.89
37Vessey60.89
38Priestley60.89
39Marshall60.89
40Wanty60.89
41Crosby50.74
42Warner50.74
43Hutson50.74
44Dye50.74
45Woodford50.74
46Clements50.74
47Hoggett50.74
48Gibbs50.74
49Clark50.74
50Ganell50.74
51Wadsley50.74
52Enderby50.74
53Moses50.74
54Vinter50.74
55Jeffrey40.59
56Holdich40.59
57Cheesman40.59
58Mitchell40.59
59Fisher40.59
60Anderson40.59
61Gladding40.59
62Atkin40.59
63Wood40.59
64Solomon40.59
65Peach40.59
66Taylor40.59
67Christian40.59
68Smith40.59
69Dring40.59
70Simpson40.59
71Bones40.59
72Booth40.59
73Leedale40.59
74Hides40.59
75Rayson40.59
76Parkinson40.59
77Lister40.59
78Maplethorpe40.59
79Burkitt40.59
80Crawford40.59
81Sills30.44
82Goodacre30.44
83Beecham30.44
84Bratley30.44
85Stubley30.44
86Kennerley30.44
87Man30.44
88Hubbert30.44
89Ayre30.44
90Sandall30.44
91Covell30.44
92Drury30.44
93Dust30.44
94Bruce30.44
95Holden30.44
96Redhead30.44
97Read30.44
98Hague30.44
99Mason30.44
100Sickley30.44

* Statistics based on the 1881 census