Norfolk parish records to go online next year

By Jon Bauckham, 5 August 2015 - 10:34am

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Norwich market place and the historic Church of St Peter Mancroft, c1830 (Photo: Getty Images)

A vast collection of East Anglian parish records is to go online early next year.

Norfolk Record Office has signed a new agreement to make its parish register material available via TheGenealogist, where it will be searchable by name, date and location.

Covering the majority of parishes across Norfolk, including some which now lie in Suffolk, the dataset will provide access to details of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials as far back as the 1500s.

These records include a number of famous names, such as Hingham resident Samuel Lincoln – the 4x great grandfather of US President Abraham Lincoln – as well as Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, who was baptised in the parish of Burnham Thorpe in 1758.

“From the results, a click will allow you to view high-quality digital images of the original documents,” said Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of TheGenealogist.

“Joining our already extensive parish record collection on TheGenealogist, this release will be eagerly anticipated by family and local historians with links to Norfolk.”

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