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Guide to Norwich St Michael Coslany, Norfolk ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Norwich St Michael Coslany, Norfolk
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Norwich Borough
County Norfolk
Poor Law Union Norwich PLU
Registration District Norwich
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1630
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Norwich
Diocese Norwich
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich
Location of Archive
Norfolk Record Office


Parish History

St Michael Coslany is an Ancient Parish in the city and Diocese of Norwich. It is sometimes abbreviated to St Miles particularly in old documents.

The building is in the care of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust and houses the Norwich Discovery Centre, a science museum for schoolchildren and adult visitors.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Norwich St Michael Coslany, Norfolk parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FREG = FreeREG - free[1]
FS PRs = England, Norfolk, Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (FamilySearch) - free[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
Norwich St Michael Coslany, Norfolk Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FREG 1558-1902
FS PRs Undefined 1558-1903 Undefined 1558-1901 Undefined 1558-1861
IGI 1558-1875 1558-1812

Images of the parish register for this parish are available on FamilySearch Historical Records but the registers were damaged by flooding and some parts of the registers are illegible.

Baptisms 1558-1903 are of particular interest for  some family baptisms for Harper and Peckover.

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438869.

Poor Law Union

Norwich Poor Law Union

See also England Norfolk Poor Law Union Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites for historic photographs of the church

Norwich Historic Churches Trust

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