Norfolk Parish Records to go Online on TheGenealogist.co.uk

The following announcement was written by the folks at TheGenealogist.co.uk:

TheGenealogist and the Norfolk Record Office announce that they have signed an agreement to make Norfolk parish and other historical records available online for the first time. The registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage feature the majority of the parishes in Norfolk.

On release the searchable transcripts will be linked to original images of baptism, marriage and burial records from the parish registers of this East Anglian county

  • Some of the surviving records are from the early 1500s
  • These vital records will allow family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online for the first time

Famous people that can be found in these records include:

– Samuel Lincoln, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, 18th President of the United States of America, can be discovered in the baptismal records of St Andrew, Hingham in Norfolk for the 24th August 1622. At some point his entry has been highlighted with a star.

Samuel Lincoln baptismal record

– Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, who lost his life at the Battle of Trafalgar. This impoverished clergyman’s son can be discovered in the register for Burnham Thorpe in 1758. There his father, as rector of the parish, would have officiated at all the baptisms that year in this church with his name appearing at the bottom of the page.

Horatio Lord Nelson’s baptism record

Viewing an image of the actual parish register reveals that the young Horatio Nelson was firstly baptised privately in October 1758, just a week after being born and then given a second “public baptism” in the middle of November. This practice was carried out for sickly babies who were not expected to survive and begs the question of how different British history would have been had he died as an infant. Fascinatingly, by looking at the actual image of the page there are some additions to his entry that have been penned in the margin years later. These notes, reputedly to be by his brother the Rev William Nelson, 1st Earl Nelson, celebrated the honours that his brother received in his adult life. He ends it with the latin quote “caetera enarret fama” which translates as “others recount the story”.

Burnham Thorpe Church, Norfolk. Horatio Nelson’s baptismal place. Photograph: John Salmon

In addition to those from the Diocese of Norwich the coverage also includes some Suffolk parishes in and near Lowestoft that fall into the deanery of Lothingland and also, various parishes from the deanery of Fincham and Feltwell, that part of the Diocese of Ely that covers south-west Norfolk.

Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of TheGenealogist said: “With this collection you will be able to easily search Norfolk records online for the first time. From the results a click will allow you to view high quality digital images of the original documents. Joining our already extensive Parish Record collection on TheGenealogist, this release will be eagerly anticipated by family and local historians with links to Norfolk”

Gary Tuson, County Archivist at The Norfolk Record Office said: “The Norfolk Record Office is pleased to be working with TheGenealogist, a commercial company helping to make these important records available to a worldwide audience.”


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available online for the first time? Norfolk Parish Registers have been free on Familysearch for some time and images arrived on Findmypast yesterday.

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The LDS Church doesn’t have all the Norfolk Parishes. Try looking up Quidenham and you will see this. I obtained the microfilm from the Norfolk Record Office years ago. They were very helpful. Had me sign a ND Form. This will help greatly. I also hope they put the Family Visitation Pedigree Charts online that the NRO has.

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These will include more parishes and add to our collection of Norfolk Parish Registers. It will also be more than just the parish registers and will be searchable rather than just browsable images.

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FamilySearch does have some data transcriptions for the parish of Quidenham and its Archdeaconry Transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials online, i.e. baptisms from at least 1790-1900, etc. and possibly as early as 1683.
Try typing “Quidenham” in the F.S. search engine (spelled correctly) and click “search”, and view the data…

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