With each record, you will find an image of the original document and a transcript of the vital details. The amount of information found in the transcript will depend on the condition of the original document and when it was created. The transcript will include the following facts:
Images may give you additional details about your ancestor including
The name of the person who performed the ceremony
In the Norfolk bishop’s transcripts baptisms you will find records from as early as 1579. In 1598, an act was passed which required all parishes to create a copy of their registers and send the copies to the bishop. As you can see from the years of transcripts available, some parishes created copies of records from before this date.
Parish registers did not survive in all parishes or some of the register books may have been damaged. Therefore, being able to access copies of all the parish records is invaluable in these cases. The bishop’s transcripts can help you fill in the gaps of your family tree or break down those brick walls.
At times, the bishop’s transcripts can be inferior to the parish registers because they did not record every detail found in the registers. It is beneficial to start your research with the parish registers. You can find the link for Norfolk’s parish registers in the Useful links and resources section.
In the Norfolk bishop’s transcripts baptisms we found the record for Morris Samuel Carter, the brother of the famous archaeologist Howard Carter who uncovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. The record informs us that Morris Samuel was born on 26 December 1858 and baptised on 25 February 1859. The entry provides Morris’ parents’ names, Samuel John Carter and Martha Joyce Sands. Morris’ father was an artist.