England, Norfolk, Archdeacon's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This collection contains church records from the county of Norfolk and certain outlying parishes for the years 1600-1812.

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

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

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.

What Is in This Collection?

This collection contains images of baptismal, marriage, and burial records. The original records are held at the Norfolk Record Office.

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You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812.

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  • If in the appropriate period, use the information you have found to find the individual in civil records. Particularly useful for research in nineteenth-century England are the England Census and civil registration records.
  • Find the associated parish register, if possible. See the Norfolk Parish Registers page for options.
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  • Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname to return broader list of possible candidates which can then be examined for matches. Alternatively, 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. While a person in this period rarely lived more than 20 miles from their place of birth, moves within this range were common. For this collection, nearby locations could include parishes in the bordering counties of Suffolk to the south, Cambridgeshire to the west, or even Lincolnshire to the northeast.
  • Within the diocese, the Suffolk parishes in the Archdeaconry of Suffolk and County of Suffolk of Belton, Suffolk, Bradwell, Suffolk, Burgh Castle, Suffolk, Fritton, Suffolk, Gorleston, Suffolk transcripts are held at Suffolk Record Office.
  • 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.
  • 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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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England. Record Office, Central Library, Norwich.

Image Citation

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