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Currently Published Newspapers

The newspapers published in your ancestors' days no longer exist, except as microfilm in some libraries. Below is a list of the principal newspapers currently published in Lincolnshire:


Out of County Newspapers

In neighboring Nottinghamshire, one can place "kin wanted" ads in the Newark Advertiser. The Newark Advertiser also includes an online "Past Times" feature which chronicles events that have happened over the last 100+ years in the Newark area, including some parishes in western Lincolnshire.

Nottinghamshire also once had Cresswell's Nottingham & Newark Advertiser. The years 1772-1775 were only available on 35mm microfilm but has now been scanned to CD. Cost £35 plus vat where applicable from MicroForm.

In neighboring Cambridgeshire, one can try The Chatteris Advertiser & Cambridgeshire Times. These were separate newspapers until about 50 years ago. Or try the Wisbech Standard, available at Wisbech Library.

The "Isle of Ely and Wisbech Advertiser" became the "Fenland Advertiser" and then the "Fenland Citizen".

If your ancestors lived or worked in the Fens, they may appear in a Cambridgeshire newspaper. Check out the Cambridgeshire Collection at the Library website.

Lincolnshire residents who lived north of Lincoln, in towns like Market Rasen, Grimsby, and Gainsborough might find themselves reported in a Hull, Yorkshire, newspaper. Search these Hull Newspaper Text Files to see if your surnames are recorded. Some interesting history in the files, too:

The Hull Packet and Advertiser was a useful source of north Lincolnshire news. Colleges and universities have free access to an online archive at the Gale site, but you have to be at the college or university to use it.


Older Editions

For some of the older newspapers:

1793 Game Certificate List  Bastardy Sessions 

1803  1804  1806  1812  1819  1824  1825  1832  1843  1866 


National Sources

See the Genuki Newspaper Resources page.

Subscribers may also access Palmer's Index to the Times. To see the original entry, you need to access the microfilms or a subscription to Palmer's Full Text Online. I have no information on the cost of a subscription. In the UK they are at Guildhall, Newspaper Library, Colindale, North London and some County record offices. They do have it at Aylesbury Local Studies Library. Overseas listers can access Palmer's Index to The Times, and Palmer's Full Text Online, through university and public libraries - in Sydney, Darwin, Toronto, Edmonton, Alberta, etc.

One can access the web site of Pathe News in the UK and search for Spalding or the village or town of your choice.



There is one magazine that is a fairly new publication. A great gift for expatriots, it features the scenery and historic places of Lincolnshire. You can subscribe online to Lincolnshire Life.



The Scunthorpe Reference Library has copies of many published newspaper obituaries. The ones from the Scunthorpe Star are indexed for the period from 1891 to about 1950. They are quite happy to search any of our newspapers for obituaries, but you must be as precise on the date as possible. They limit free searches to one-half hour. Just drop an e-mail to (Local History Librarian) giving the name of the deceased and the date of death. They then respond with an e-mail detailing the total cost (late in 2000, the cost was 60p per copy plus postage). Send a cheque for the required amount and the copies will be sent out to you. If you require more information on this or other services they provide, visit their web-site. The Scunthorpe Reference Library also has a list of current newspaper holdings for your review. The library is located at: Carlton Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6TX, Phone 01724 860161.

If your ancestors lived in the Grimsby area, the Grimsby Central Library may be a better place to look. Location: Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HG. Tel: 01472 323642, email:, website: At last report, the first copy of an obit. was free to a UK address, additional copies were 30p.

We also have a text file of obituaries from The Gentleman's Magazine. Here are a few from the year 1800.


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Last updated on 10-January-2014
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