FamilySearch updates Norfolk collection

By Jon Bauckham, 24 October 2013 - 3:58pm

Researchers with East Anglian roots may benefit from new additions to the Norfolk Bishops' Transcripts Collection, now comprising over 1.1 million records

Thursday 24 October 2013
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Researchers with East Anglian roots could benefit from updates to an online record set.

FamilySearch has added thousands of new entries to the Norfolk Bishops’ Transcripts collection, bringing the overall number of free searchable records to more than 1.1 million.

Spanning 1685 to 1941, the material has been digitised from microfilm and microfiche copies of the original documents, which are held at Norfolk Record Office.

Genealogists can search the full collection by details such as name and year, offering information about baptisms, marriages and burials across the county.

Prior to the introduction of civil registration in 1837, the primary method of recording major life events – namely baptisms, marriages and burials – was inside registers kept by the local parish church.

However, following new legislation in the late-16th century, ministers were also required to submit copies to the diocesan authorities, of which the Norfolk Bishops' Transcripts are a key example.

Although errors could creep in during the copying process, the records can prove invaluable in cases where the original parish registers have been lost or destroyed.
 

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► Explore the Norfolk Bishops' Transcripts for free at familysearch.org

 

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