Monday, January 4, 2016

The Genealogist Announces New Year Launch of Parish Records

The Genealogist has added to the millions of its UK Parish Records released over the last year with the first batch of records from their new agreement with Norfolk Record Office. This is a two part release covering this East of England county.

These feature the fully searchable registers of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials covering the majority of parishes in Norfolk.

In phase one of this two stage release we are giving access to over 3.6 million individuals from over 700 parishes. You can search transcripts linked to the original images of baptism, marriage and burial records. Please see our coverage list giving the dates for each parish (http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/coverage/parish-records/norfolk).

Some of the surviving records are from the early 1500s. These vital records will allow family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online for the first time.
As an example, taking the subject of a Norfolk Lantern slide of an old fisherman who is selling fish from a wagon, we look for Thomas Craske who is a fish dealer from Sheringham.


Searching for him in the Births & Baptism records allows us to find his Parish Records Baptism entry in the transcripts, and with one click we can see the original entry in the an image of the register.


You can also find famous people in the records, such as ‘Samuell Lincolne’, the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln, 18th President of the United States of America. He can be found in the baptismal records of St Andrew, Hingham in Norfolk for the 24th August 1622.


Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of TheGenealogist says: “You will be able to easily search Norfolk records online for the first time. From the results a click will allow you to view high quality digital images of the original documents. Joining our already extensive Parish Record collection on TheGenealogist, this release will be eagerly anticipated by family and local historians with links to Norfolk.”

Gary Tuson, County Archivist at The Norfolk Record Office says: “The Norfolk Record Office is pleased to be working with TheGenealogist, a commercial company helping to make these important records available to a worldwide audience.”