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England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812
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Norfolk, England
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Record Description
Record Type Archdeacon's Transcripts
Collection years 1600-1812
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Norfolk Record Office

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records from the county of Norfolk and certain outlying parishes for the years 1600-1812. The original records are held at the Norfolk Record Office.

Archdeacon's transcripts, or bishop’s transcripts as they are more commonly called, contain more or less the same information as parish registers, so they can serve as a replacement when a parish register has been damaged, destroyed, or otherwise lost. Bishop's transcripts are often of value even when parish registers exist, as priests often recorded either additional or different information in their transcripts than they did in the original registers.

To learn more about the content and importance of bishop's transcripts, see the England Bishop's Transcripts page.

Norwich transcripts are grouped together by year for ease of search. Exceptions include:

- Norwich St Helen, Norfolk as no transcripts survive prior to 1813
- Norwich St James with Pockthorpe, Norfolk, Norwich St Mary in the Marsh, Norfolk, Norwich St Paul, Norfolk each have their own Archdeacon Transcripts series.
- Great Yarmouth, Norfolk has some difficulty in reading the Archdeacon and Bishop's Transcripts series. For the years 1773-1841 the Record Office series Great Yarmouth Weekly Register Bills may be easier to use for research purposes. The Record Office series is available on microfiche.
- Castle Rising, Norfolk exceptionally has Archdeacon's transcripts beyond 1812; the years 1812-1818 are available.
- Great Cressingham, Norfolk has no surviving Archdeacon's transcripts.
- Thorpe St Andrew all transcripts were sent to the Bishop.
- The parish of Emneth, Norfolk was within the Wisbech deanery of the Diocese of Ely and therefore all archdeacon's and Bishop's Transcripts are located at the University of Cambridge Library with the holdings of Ely diocesan Archdeacon and Bishop's Transcripts.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records: Information included can vary depending on the time period.


  • Name of the child
  • Names of the parents
  • Date of baptism


  • Names of the bride and groom
  • Marital status
  • Residence
  • Date of marriage


  • Name of the deceased
  • Names of the parents
  • Date of burial

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • Name of the person
  • Date of the record

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • If in the appropriate period, use the information you have found to find the individual in civil records for births, marriages, and deaths
  • Find the associated parish register, if possible
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
  • Note that family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try variations of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible matches
  • Try expanding the date range; this is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Search the records of nearby locations
    • Suffolk to the south
    • Cambridgeshire to the west
    • Lincolnshire to the northwest
  • The individual in question may not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination. See England Nonconformist Church Records for more information

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