Nor­folk parish records to go on­line

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A vast col­lec­tion of East Anglian parish records is to go on­line early next year.

Nor­folk Record Of­fice has signed a new agree­ment to make its parish reg­is­ter ma­te­rial avail­able via the­ge­neal­o­, where it will be search­able by name, date and lo­ca­tion.

Cov­er­ing the ma­jor­ity of parishes across Nor­folk, in­clud­ing some which now lie in Suf­folk, the dataset will pro­vide ac­cess to de­tails of bap­tisms, banns, mar­riages and buri­als as far back as the 1500s.

Th­ese records in­clude a num­ber of fa­mous names, such as Hing­ham res­i­dent Sa­muel Lin­coln – the 4x great grand­fa­ther of US Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln – as well as Ad­mi­ral Lord Ho­ra­tio Nelson, who was bap­tised in the parish of Burn­ham Thorpe in 1758.

“From the re­sults, a click will al­low you to view high-qual­ity dig­i­tal im­ages of the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments,” said Nigel Bay­ley, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of The­Ge­neal­o­gist. “Join­ing our al­ready ex­ten­sive parish record col­lec­tion on The­Ge­neal­o­gist, this re­lease will be ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated by fam­ily and lo­cal his­to­ri­ans with links to Nor­folk.”

Nor­wich mar­ket place and the his­toric Church of St Peter Man­croft, c1830

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