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Norfolk Lookup Exchange

A group of volunteers has offered to do lookups and to help with simple queries about family history in the county of Norfolk. Their names and specialities are shown below.

There is also a list of Norfolk Reciprocal Researchers
and Lookups in Norfolk One Name Surname Studies.

This is the Norfolk part of the UK Look-up Exchange, where you will also find volunteers who will do lookups in the records for other counties, and some other countries.

Composing your Query

Please send one query per email message, say which place, index, book, etc, that your query refers to, and say that you found the volunteer's name on the Norfolk Lookup Exchange. Remember that you may not get an immediate reply, as people may be on holiday, have family commitments, etc.

Queries should not require extensive research, and the volunteers will judge how much work is needed to answer each one. They may reply that they cannot help, and that you need to employ a researcher. It is a private matter between you and the volunteer if you decide to employ him or her.

Sending your Thanks

The volunteers appreciate it if you acknowledge receipt of the information that they send to you. Whether your request was for a simple lookup, or for something more extensive, please remember to thank them.

Joining the Volunteers

More people are always welcome to join the volunteers. If you would like to help with lookups, please contact me. You choose your own topics, and they can be general or very specific. Examples are transcripts of parish registers, microfiche of the originals, directories, censuses, parish histories, registers of electors, etc. There is always the possibility that a distant relative will contact you.

We cannot advertise the services of paid researchers.

Main Topics

Burials
Censuses
Church Records
Church Records: Nonconformists
Court Records
Directories for Norfolk
Early History
Land and Property
Military Records
Newspapers (Marriage and Obituary Notices)
Occupations
Poll Books
Strays
Others

Villages and Parishes

Places - General
For example when lookups are offered for parishes within an area, or when the resource covers all of Norfolk.
Places - Individual
There are more than 140 places for which lookups are offered.

Copyright © Pat Newby
October 2008


Burials

National Burial Index for England and Wales (NBI), for 1538 to 2000.
[Federation of Family History Societies, CD]
There are about 105,000 Norfolk entries, mainly for the parishes around East Dereham. See the list of Norfolk Parishes and Dates Included.
Send the surname and forename, and age if possible.
Richard Spencer

Censuses

1851 Census for Norfolk
Send SURNAME in capitals, forename, place, and age if possible.
Claire Pearce or Pat Greetham or Glennis Whyte or Ian Feavearyear or Julie Savory or Julia Wharton or Richard Spencer or Gail Joughin or Liz Wilde or Cherie Langschied
(Claire, Pat, Glennis, Julie, Julia and Liz can also do lookups in the 1851 censuses for Devon and Warwickshire).
1881 Census for Norfolk
Send SURNAME in capitals, forename, place, and age if possible.
Claire Pearce or Pat Greetham or Glennis Whyte or Ian Feavearyear or Julie Savory or Julia Wharton or Richard Spencer or Gail Joughin or Liz Wilde or Kath Pierce
(Julia and Liz are willing to do look ups for any part of the country).
1881 Royal Navy Census
This gives Surname, Forename, Age, Birthplace, Ship and Occupation (eg AB, Captain).
Send SURNAME in capitals and forename, and age if possible.
Claire Pearce
1891 Census for Norfolk
There is a Surname Index to the 1891 Census for Norfolk and the full entries may be requested.

Church Records

Norwich Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds, 1813-1837
[Christine Hood, Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society, vol 23, 1991]
Send date and surnames, and forenames if known.
Anne Richards
British Vital Records Index (BVRI)
This contains baptisms and marriages for a few Norfolk parishes. See Norfolk Church Records for the parishes included.
Can anyone volunteer to do lookups in the BVRI?

Church Records: Nonconformists

Nonconformist records often include people from quite a wide area. This is why there is a separate section for these lookups, instead of their being listed only under the places mentioned in the titles.

Mattishall & Dereham Congregational 1772-1837 [NNGS, 1983]
Send the surname, forename and date.
Pauline Dodd or Anne Richards
Mattishall & Watton Primitive Methodist 1832-1837 [NNGS, 1983]
Send the surname, forename and date.
Pauline Dodd or Anne Richards
Mattishall United Reformed Church [Mid-Norfolk FHS, 1999?]
A history of the Independent and Congregational Churches (with baptisms 1772-1998, marriages 1882-1997, deaths 1780-1998, memorial inscriptions from Badley Moor, which is the redundant burial ground adjacent to the Old Moor Meeting House and Welgate Chapel, and a list of ministers from 1650).
Send the surname, forename and date.
Julie Savory

Court Records

Criminal Register Index "Norfolk 1805-1816", with "Rioters 1805-1817" and "Executions 1805-1817".
These give the name, where tried, crime, sentence, PRO ref, year, and county. Eg:
   Deborah CATTERMOLE, July sessions, larceny, 2m, HO27/8, 1812, nfk
You can then look for more information in newspapers, assize and sessions records.
Send the surname and forename.
Dawn Quadling.
Dawn's email address was "dawn@quadlingd.freeserve.co.uk".
If anyone knows her new address, please let me know.

Directories for Norfolk

These contain a description of each town and village, with the names of the gentry and tradespeople.

1791: Universal British Directory
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
We need a new volunteer. If anyone has this book, would you like to help ?
1822-1823: Pigot's Directory of Norfolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Pauline Dodd
1830: Pigot's Directories of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Claire Pearce
1845: White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk.
Many entries have been transcribed from this directory, and the surnames indexed. See Towns and Parishes.
1850: Hunt's East Norfolk Directory, with Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
Many entries have been transcribed from this directory, and the surnames indexed. See Towns and Parishes.
1864: White's Directory of Norfolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Liz Wilde
1883: White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Norfolk.
Many entries have been transcribed from this directory, and the surnames indexed. See Towns and Parishes.
1883: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Paddy Apling
1892: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Paddy Apling
1896: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Paddy Apling
1904: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Paddy Apling
1908: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Sheila Whittle-Bruce
1912: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk and Suffolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Pauline Dodd
1916: Kelly's Directory for Norfolk and Suffolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Bryan Barnard
Bryan's email address was "lookup@bbarnard.co.uk".
If anyone knows his new address, please let me know.
1925: Kelly's Directory of Norfolk Towns.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Vivienne
1933: Kelly's Directory of Norfolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Sheila Whittle-Bruce and Bryan Barnard
Bryan's email address was "lookup@bbarnard.co.uk".
If anyone knows his new address, please let me know.
1937: Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Send place and surname, and forename if known.
Paddy Apling
"The Shell Guide to Norfolk"
[Harrod, Wilhelmine and Linnell, Rev C.L.S.; 1st ed. 1957]
Julie has created a surname index to the people mentioned in this book, which contains a description of many Norfolk villages. There are about 450 surnames, although most of them are historical references to the better known influential Norfolk families.
Send surname and place.
Julie Beadle (wait.productions@xtra.co.nz)

Early History

Domesday Book: Norfolk (2 volumes), edited by Philippa Brown
[ISBN 0 85033 479 9, Phillimore, Chichester, 1984]
The Domesday Book is a summary of all the land held in England and Wales in 1086, twenty years after the Norman invasion. It gives the tenants-in-chief, where they held land, the number of serfs, etc. Note that it does not list the people in each place, and is far too early for genealogical research. It will provide some information about places in the 11th century.
Send the name of the place.
Paddy Apling

Land and Property

1873: Return of Owners of Land in Norfolk
This lists the name of the land owner, parish of abode, extent of land and gross estimated rental.
Send the surname and location.
Rosemary Rodliffe

Military Records

Soldiers of the Norfolk Yeomanry killed in the 1914-1918 war.
Send the surname, forename, place of birth, and approximate date of birth.
Bert Arter
Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 (CDROM)
This covers the 665,000 soldiers and 37,000 officers in the British Army who died during WWI.
Send SURNAME in capitals and forename or initials. Other details, such as place of birth or battalion, would be useful.
Claire Pearce or Francesca Braham
Francesca's email address was "francesca@clara.co.uk".
If anyone knows her new address, please let me know.

Newspapers

Marriage and Obituary Notices
1848 and 1851
    The Lynn Advertiser and West Norfolk Herald.
1881, 1882 and 1900
    The Lynn Advertiser, Wisbech Constitutional Gazette, and Norfolk & Cambridgeshire Herald.
These have been extracted by Janice Simons from newspapers covering west Norfolk and King's Lynn. They include many people from outside Norfolk.
Send date and surname, and forename if known.
Anne Richards

Occupations

Dictionary of Occupational Terms (CD-ROM)
Definitions for occupations in the 19th and early 20th centuries, based on the classifications used in the census of 1921.
Send the occupation and, if known, the document in which it was found.
Cliff Godfrey
Midland & Great Northern Railway
This railway ran mainly through the north and east side of Norfolk.
Allan has a database of the names of nearly 3000 employees, 1888-1959.
Send the surname, forename and date.
Allan Harmer

Poll Books

Norfolk Poll Book 1768.
For each place, this shows names of people eligible to vote, and where their freeholds are.
Send place, surname and forename.
Pauline Dodd or Liz Wilde

Strays

Norfolk Strays (1): 1851 East Yorkshire, 1851 Bradford, 1851 Doncaster, 1851 Sheffield, 1871 Chesterfield. Miscellaneous dates in some other parts of Yorkshire.
Send date, place, surname, and forename if known.
Anne Richards
Norfolk Strays (2) Miscellanous dates, places and sources throughout UK (quite limited).
Send date, place, surname, and forename if known.
Anne Richards

Places - General

Norfolk Contiguous Parishes.
[Compiled by C.E. Allen and R.J. Thompson]
For each parish, this book lists the adjoining parishes, ie. those whose boundaries actually touch the parish in question.
Send the name of the parish.
Jean Oliver
"On The Parish": Recorded Lives of the Poor of Holt and District, 1780-1835 (quite limited).
[by Jane Hales and Susan Yaxley, ISBN 0948400226, Larks Press, 1994]
Send the date and surname, and forename if known.
Anne Richards
The Monumental Inscriptions for the Hundred of Holt, collected by Walton N Dew in 1885.
Parishes include: Bale, Bayfield, Blakeney, Bodham, Briningham, Brinton, Briston, Burgh Parva, Cley-next-the-Sea, Edgefield, Glandford, Gunthorpe, Hempstead, Holt, Hunworth, Kelling, Langham, Letheringsett, Melton Constable, Morston, Salthouse, Saxlingham, Sharrington, Stody, Swanton Novers, Thornage, Weybourne, Wiveton.
Send the parish, date and surname, and forename if known.
Anne Richards
Burke and Savill's Guide to Country Houses; Volume III, East Anglia
This book contains a description of the country houses in East Anglia, and a list from it of the Names of Country Houses in Norfolk is online.
For more details send the name of the hall and its location.
Linda Greenwood

Places - Individual

Antingham

Attleborough

Bacton

Banham

Barningham, Little

Barningham, North

Barsham, East

Barsham, North

Barsham, West

Barton Turf

Bawdeswell

Beckham, West

Bedingham

Beeston St. Lawrence

Bergh Apton

Besthorpe

Bintry

Buckenham, New

Buckenham, Old

Buxton

Carbrooke

Castle Rising

Clenchwarton

Cockley Cley

Cockthorpe

Colkirk

Colney

Coltishall

Colveston - see Didlington

Congham

Cranwich

Cranworth

Creake, South

Croxton - see Fulmodestone with Croxton

Denton

Dereham, East

Didlington with Colveston

Diss

Earlham

Earsham

East Barsham (etc) - see Barsham, East (etc).

Fakenham

Flitcham

Framingham Pigot

Fulmodestone with Croxton

Gaywood

Gooderstone

Great Yarmouth (etc) - see Yarmouth, Great (etc)

Grimston

Hanworth

Haveringland

Heckingham

Hedenham

Helhoughton

Hemblington

Hethersett

Hillington

Hockham, Great and Little

Holkham

Holt

Horningtoft

Hoveton St. John

Hoveton St. Peter

Ickburgh

Itteringham

Kerdiston - see Reepham

Kimberley

King's Lynn

Kirstead

Langford

Letheringsett

Letton - see Cranworth

Little Barningham (etc) - see Barningham, Little (etc)

Massingham, Little

Melton, Little

Metton

Mileham

Mundesley

Neatishead

North Barningham (etc) - see Barningham, North (etc)

Northrepps

Norwich

Ormesby St. Margaret

Outwell

Overstrand

Ovington

Palling - see Sea Palling

Panxworth

Ranworth

Reepham with Kerdiston

Reymerston

Roughton

Roydon (near Diss)

Roydon (near King's Lynn)

Ruston, East

Saham Toney

Santon

Saxlingham by Holt

Saxlingham Thorpe

Sco Ruston

Sculthorpe

Sea Palling

Shelfanger

Sheringham

Smeeth and Fen

Snoring, Great (or Magna)

Snoring Little (or Parva)

Somerton, East - see Winterton

Somerton, West

South Creake (etc) - see Creake, South (etc)

Southrepps

Stoke Ferry

Stratton St Michael

Swanton Morley

Syderstone

Tatterford

Tattersett

Taverham

Terrington St Clement

Terrington St John

Thornage

Thorpe Market

Thursford

Tibenham

Tilney All Saints

Tilney cum Islington

Tilney St Lawrence

Tittleshall

Toftrees

Topcroft

Upton

Upwell

Walsham, South (St Lawrence)

Walsham, South (St Mary)

Walsingham, Great (Old)

Walsingham, Little (New)

Waterden

Watlington

Weasenham All Saints

West Beckham (etc) - see Beckham, West (etc)

Westfield

Whissonsett

Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin

Wiggenhall St Peter

Wighton

Winfarthing

Winterton and East Somerton

Woodrising

Woodton

Wootton, North

Wootton, South

Wreningham

Yarmouth, Great

Yaxham

Others

See also
Books We Own at rootsweb.