Saturday, 1 August 2015

Norfolk parish records to join TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (

Norfolk parish records to go online

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, 16th President of the United States of America
  • Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, who lost his life at the Battle of Trafalgar. 

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.”

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)


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  1. These Norfolk images have recently arrived on FindMyPast too. They have been available on FamilySearch for several years.

  2. FindMyPast has a few additional ones deposited since the familysearch ones were filmed and later digitised. It sounds like the transcription will also be completed by TheGenealogist.

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