Browse through Norfolk parish registers covering more than 300 years in the East of England county. Search more than 5,300 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 pre date 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.
Search results will tell you what kind of records are in each result in the Event field. Earlier registers, before 1747, used a single volume to record all three life events. By 1813, there were three separate volumes, 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.
Name of child
Parents’ names – if the child was illegitimate only the mother’s name was recorded. Some records may include the mother’s maiden name.
Occupation of father
Place of residence
Names of bride and groom
Names of witnesses
Ages of couple
Place of residence of bride and groom
Names of bride and groom’s fathers
Date of burial
Place of residence
Age at time of death
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. It’s 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.