England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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England, Norfolk, Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941 .
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|Location of Norfolk, England|
|Record Type||Bishop's Transcripts|
|Norfolk Record Office|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 General Information About These Records
- 3 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 4 Collection Content
- 5 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Known Issues with This Collection
- 8 Citing This Collection
- 9 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains Bishops Transcripts for the County of Norfolk from 1685 to 1941 that are arranged by church jurisdiction and in yearly bundles.
Baptisms (christenings), marriages, and burials were recorded on blank pages in a bound book called a register. The events of baptism, marriage, and burial were all recorded in one volume until 1754, when a law required that marriages be recorded in a separate book. Banns, or proclamations of “an intent” to marry, were recorded in yet another book. Starting in 1812, pre-printed registers were introduced, and then separate registers were kept for baptisms, marriages, and burials. Before 1812, bishops’ transcripts were usually recorded on loose pieces of paper. Following that year, the transcripts were recorded on the same pre-printed forms as parish registers.
Parish registers were created to record church events of baptism or christening, marriage, and burial. Baptismal entries usually list the person’s birth date and burial entries list the death date. In the Church of England, baptism, which was also called christening, was performed soon after the birth of a child. Marriage in the church legally united a man and a woman for civil legal reasons and for the purpose of founding a religiously sanctified family. Burial is a function of the church to inter the deceased soon after death.
Church of England parish registers are the most reliable and accurate family history source until July 1837, when the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. Information in parish registers and bishops’ transcripts can be verified against each other. It is usually preferable to use the parish registers if they survive as a primary record.
The transcript series is useful in the event that:
- The parish register has not survived
- The register is still in the parish and has not been deposited in an archive
- The parish register is too fragile to use or preserve by filming or digital imaging
- The parish register is incomplete or cannot be read (transcript may be legible or contain omitted entries).
General Information About These Records
Parish registers are one of the best sources for identifying individuals and connecting them to parents, spouses, and other generations. In July 1837 the government instituted the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths. However, parish registers continue to play an important role because they are often more readily available than civil registers. Bishops’ transcripts are a backup source for parish registers that are missing or illegible. If possible, you may want to search both the parish registers and the bishops’ transcripts since one is a handwritten copy of the other and might contain differences.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
Baptism records may contain the following information:
- Date and place of baptism
- Child's given name
- Child's legitimacy
- Parents' names and residence
- Professional/occupation of father
- Minister's name
Marriage records may contain the following information:
- Date and place of marriage
- Names of the bride and groom
- Ages and marital status of the bride and groom
- Residences of the bride and groom at the time of their marriage
- Full name of the father of the groom
- Full name of the father of the bride
- May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time of marriage
Burial records may contain the following information:
- Date and parish of burial
- Name of the deceased
- Age and gender of deceased
- Residence of deceased
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person you are looking for
- Approximate date of the event
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How Do I Analyze the Results?
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- If a christening record is found, use the information to search for a birth record
- If the parents are listed, look for the family in cencuses
- If a marriage record is found, use the names of the bride and groom to find the new family in censuses
- Family members often appear on an individual's vital records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage
- If a burial record is found, search for a death record
- Death and burial information could lead to probate, will, and land records
- Continue to search the index for people with the same surname to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Check for variants of given names and surnames. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
- Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as they were pronounced. Pay attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try spelling variations that could have that pronunciation
- Vary the search terms. For example, search by either the given name or surname
- Expand the date range to return a broader list of possible matches. This is especially useful in searching baptismal records, as it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
- Search the records of nearby locations
Known Issues with This Collection
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Citing This Collection
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- Collection Citation
"England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941. "Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Church of England. Record Office, Central Library, Norwich.
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