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Norfolk Ancestors (England)


Norfolk Ancestors (England)

A group for all those researching ancestors in the county of Norfolk, England. Post your problems, your news, your favourite links here.

Location: Norfolk
Members: 65
Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2016


Genealogywise England Group
Mid-Norfolk Family History Society
Foulsham Archives
Swanton Novers, Norfolk, England
The Visitations of Norfolk, 1563 and 1613
Norfolk Surnames List
Norfolk Baptism Project 1813 - 1880 - Tinstaafl
Norfolk Parish Registers Pilot
The Guymer Website
Norfolk Churches

Rootsweb Norfolk List
The Norfolk Genealogy Mailing List is an e-mail list for anyone with genealogical interests in the county of Norfolk in England.

England Jurisdiction 1851 - Contiguous Parishes Online
Brilliant finding aid which not only allows you to view contiguous parishes it also shows county boundaries, civil reigstration districts, poor law union, hundreds, for any parish in England in 1851. Experience has taught me always look in surrounding parishes to where I believe my ancestors lived as they moved more than we give them credit for.

Was your ancestor a Publican?
This site is invaluable for finding out whether they ran a Pub.

Norfolk Pub Index

Planning a visit to Norfolk and looking for a place to stay?

White Horse at Longham - fantastic landlord who loves abuse!
Rose & Crown, Snettisham

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Discussion Forum

Looking for parents on Death Record Index 4 Replies

Started by Lori Rhoden. Last reply by Lori Rhoden Mar 27, 2011.

Grimsley/Grimslie Cley-Next-The-Sea

Started by Darin Grimsley Oct 29, 2010.


Started by Tony Stapleton Nov 20, 2009.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Penelope Bell on February 25, 2010 at 4:54pm
Thanks Rick for pointing me in the direction of the Norfolk Parish Registers pilot - have already found some entries and am sure will find more! A wonderful resource.
Comment by Andrew Young for Margaret Young on February 24, 2010 at 3:44am
Thanks Lesley

Deaths Sep 1847 (>99%)

Hall William Downham 13 50

appears to be the only one buried in West Dereham, so have ordered the certificate in hope!

Comment by Lesley Day on February 24, 2010 at 3:33am
Deaths Mar 1841

HALL William Downham 13 52

Margaret this covers the area you are interested in
Comment by Andrew Young for Margaret Young on February 24, 2010 at 3:09am
This is indeed a wonderful resource for those with Norfolk ancestors - I have already found one baptism, two marriages and four burials since it came online at the weekend.

My problem brickwall is William who appears to have died between the 1841 and 1851 census and therefore I have no place of birth for him where I can start looking - I have been trying to find this family for over twenty years.....

Comment by Rick Hammond on February 23, 2010 at 5:42pm
Margaret: go to and then click on the search tab then select record search pilot when the new window comes up click on browse our record collection when the map comes up click on Europe then a list will come up and you will see a red star next to Norfolk Church of England Parish Registers click on it and a long list of registers will come up that you can browse. These are not indexed but they are from the parish registers and you can browse the images when you find one you want just download it to your computer for your records. I seen a George Hall on those registers and also Jonathan's record but note his surname is Hall not Halls
Hope this helps as its well worth taking a good look at those records. You will even save 7 pounds on his marriage certificate as its the same record done at the church.
Comment by Andrew Young for Margaret Young on February 23, 2010 at 3:36pm
Thanks Rick

No nothing on the Norfolk registers for baptism or marriage (have spent two days looking!) in West Dereham or Wretton - I believe William died before 1851 so no luck in looking at the census either. Jonathan had sisters Sarah and Jane to my knowledge, but there may have been others.

I live in hope.....

Comment by Rick Hammond on February 23, 2010 at 3:06pm
Have you by chance managed to get his baptism record and marriage record from the West Dereham parish registers now online at pilot search. I had a quick look but did not find a marriage for the parents as yet but did find another sibling of Johnathan's so may be well worth your while having a look on that site and you can download the images for your tree.
Comment by Andrew Young for Margaret Young on February 23, 2010 at 11:04am
I am looking for information on the HALLS family from West Dereham.

Jonathan HALLS married Mary Ann NORMAN in 1848, they were both from West Dereham. Mary Ann was the daughter of James NORMAn and Sarah HOWARD. Jonathan HALLS was the son of William HALLS and his wife Jane.

Cannot find the marriage of William HALLS to Jane (surnames not known), nor where either of them were born / baptise although Jane gives her place of birth as Wretton (1851 census).


Anyone recognise this family?
Comment by JanB on December 2, 2009 at 11:22pm
Hi Everyone

I have just joined the group and my interests are ABREY, OSBO(U)RN(E),
WRE(A)THAM in the East Harling area and MAY(E)S in Shimpling (in Norfolk - I know there is a Shimpling in Suffolk too!).

Comment by Lori Rhoden on November 4, 2009 at 1:40am
I am searching for any information on William Lynn born abt 1790. He married Mary Ann Armager born 1809, but I would like to know if he was married previous to her. Reason for that is that she would have been too young to have had the first child of William Lynn. How would I find this out? They left Norfolk for Illinois. William I believe left in 1842 and Mary Ann and all the children except David left in 1844.

Their children weree:

David born abt 1823 died Illinois

Rebecca born abt 1823 (belive them to be twins) died Illinois

Hannah, born abt 1828 died Illinois

John born Oct 1835 died Illinois

George born 14 Mar 1837 died Illinois

William born 26 Dec 1838 in Walsoken died Illinois

Sarah Ann born abt 1839 died 31 Dec 1841 in West Walton

James born 1842 (Not sure if this James belongs to this family but I think he does. He was born in West Walton, baptized at St. Mary Parish Church) He would have died very young.

There were two more children born in Illinois James in 1846 and Ellen in 1850

Any help in finding anything on this family is greatly appreciated.

Any help

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