The records include both a transcript and image of the original banns register. The details in each transcript may vary depending on the age and condition of the original source. Most transcripts will include the following items.
First banns date
County and Country
Archive and archive reference
It is always exciting to view the original record source. The registers would include additional information such as
Second and third banns dates
Couple’s marital statuses
Who performed the banns
Banns records document the three dates on which the banns were announced in the parish church. This practice was to give time to notify the congregation of the intended marriage in case there were any objections or known impediments. If you find a banns record, this is not a confirmation that a marriage did take place.
The Norfolk banns are digitised copies of the original registers held at the Norfolk Record Office. The records include more than 450,000 names across the county. For a full list of all the parishes, view the Norfolk Parish List located in the Useful Links and Resources section.
The East Anglia county of Norfolk was first settled by the Angles in the 5th century. They established control in the region and separated the area by north folk and south folk, hence the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. By the 16th century, Norfolk’s county town, Norwich, became the second largest city in England. To discover more about Norfolk search the Norfolk Chronicle and Norfolk News, both available in Findmypast newspapers.