Browse through Norfolk parish registers covering more than 300 years. Search thousands of pages of baptism records, marriage registers and banns, and burial records from Church of England parishes. These records date back in some cases to 1538 and many predate civil registration.
Before civil registration began in 1837, parish records were the main source for birth, marriage, and death records. Church of England parishes had been mandated to record every birth, marriage, and death from 1538. In practice, some parishes took decades to adopt formal records, but most records go back at least to the 16th century.
Earlier registers, before 1747, used a single volume to record all life events. By 1813, there were three separate volumes for each life event, which contained printed forms to fill out.
Most of the records are handwritten so you may find incorrect spellings or find them hard to read. Some registers have suffered damage over the centuries so pages could be water or heat damaged – or even nibbled by mice. The information recorded has varied over the years, but parish records can provide more information than simply confirmation of the event. Information also varies according to which event is being recorded.
Norfolk is a large county in the East of England, bordered by Lincolnshire to the west, Cambridgeshire to the west and southwest, and Suffolk to the south. Its northern and eastern boundaries are the North Sea. The county town is Norwich.
The area has been inhabited since pre-Roman times and is still a largely agricultural county. The Iceni tribe inhabited the county from the 1st century BC until the end of the 1st century AD. They revolted against the Roman invasion twice. The second rebellion, led by Iceni Queen Boudica, included the burning of Londinium.
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