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Guide to Little Coates, Lincolnshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Little Coates, Lincolnshire
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Little Coates St Michael Lincolnshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Bradley Haverstoe
County Lincolnshire
Poor Law Union Grimsby
Registration District Caistor
Records begin
Parish registers: 1726
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 Record Office


Parish History

Little Coates St Michael is an Ancient Parish in North east Lincolnshire and neighbours Great Coates, Lincolnshire and Bradley, Lincolnshire It is to the north west of the Grimsby urban area.

The church of St Michael consists of an ancient part and a modern tower  and renovation/extension built in 1903-1913 to the designs of Sir Walter Tapper.

In 1928 the village and civil parish were absorbed into Grimsby.

COATES, LITTLE (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Caistor, wapentake of Bradley-Haverstoe, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln, 3¼ miles (W. by S.) from Great Grimsby. [1]


Civil Registration

This parish was in the Grimsby sub-district of Caistor registration district until 1890 reorganisation when it became part of Grimsby 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

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 Little Coates Good Shepherd Par 1 and Little Coates St Michael Par 1 will identify available images.

Link to the FamilySearch Catalogue showing the film numbers in their collection Coates, Little

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438762.

See Lincolnshire Census

Poor Law Unions

Initially part of Caistor Poor Law Union,Lincolnshire until 1890 reorganisation it became part of Grimsby Poor Law Union, Lincolnshire

Probate records

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 647-654. Date accessed: 04 September 2013.


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