Sco Ruston St Michael, Norfolk Genealogy

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Ruins of St. Michael Sco Ruston.jpg

Parish History

Sco Ruston St Michael is a parish in the Waxham deanery and Tunstead Hundred of the Diocese of Norwich. This was never a populous parish and its parishioners were gradually subsumed into neighbouring Scottow, Norfolk & Tunstead, Norfolk.

The mediaeval church was photographed in ruin in 1978 by George Plunkett (see web link below) before it was deroofed and became covered in ivy.


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.

  • Tunstead 1837-1869
  • Smallburgh 1870-1938
  • North Walsham 1939-1974

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection for images of the ruined church and transcript of Baptisms Norfolk Baptism Project

Deposited parish registers at Norfolk Record Office reference PD 258/ 1-7 1707-1967

It is also necessary to search the neighbouring parishes of Scottow, Norfolk & Tunstead, Norfolk due to the decline and ruin of the mediaeval church.

Census records transcript of 1891 census

Poor Law Unions

For Tunstead and Happing see

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.

England Jurisdictions 1851

Web sites for historic photographs of the church from George Plunkett's website for village website for Sco-Ruston & Tunstead