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England, Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions, 1600-1900's
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Norfolk, England
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Record Description
Record Type Monumental Inscriptions
Collection years 1600-1900's
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Norfolk Record Office

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

This collection includes monumental inscriptions from 1600 to 1900's. Burial dates range from about 1409 to 1999. However, the majority of the monuments are for burials between 1700 and 1980.

The monumental inscriptions in this collection are either handwritten or typescript. Some have surname indexes, but most are arranged by grave number in numerical sequence. Most also have a plan of the churchyard with the associated grave numbers. Some have sketches of how the individual monuments appear alongside the transcribed inscription.

The collection was filmed by the Family History Department (Genealogical Society of Utah) in 2002 at the Norfolk Record Office in Norwich, England. It is comprised of transcripts of monumental inscriptions made from churchyard cemeteries in Norfolk. Most of the authors are members of the various Women’s Institute groups. The localities in this collection cover about 10% of Norfolk churchyards, and one churchyard in Norwich.

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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 Monumental Inscriptions, 1600-1900's.

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

Monumental Inscriptions may contain the following information:

  • Given and surname
  • Other family members
  • Death date
  • Age at death
  • Sometimes a birth date
  • A drawing or a description of the monument
  • Grave number
  • Sometimes an epitaph of one or more lines (may have rhyme)
  • Sometimes a place of death other than churchyard in which grave is found
  • An index of surnames to grave numbers.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person you are looking for
  • Approximate year of death

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

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  2. Select Parish to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the names of family members to search for birth records
  • If the deceased was married, use the name of the spouse of your ancestor to search for a marriage record
  • Use the transcripts as a guide to putting families and married couples together. Compare the findings with any existing burial records from the church

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

  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Check for variant spellings of the names
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur
  • Search the records of nearby localities
    • Suffolk to the south
    • Cambridgeshire to the west
    • Lincolnshire to the northwest

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Norfolk.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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