Colby, Norfolk Genealogy

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Parish History

COLBY (St. Giles), a parish, in the union of Aylsham, hundred of South Erpingham, E. division of Norfolk, 3¼ miles (N. E. by N.) from Aylsham. [1]

Colby St Giles is an Ancient parish in the diocese of Norwich and a mediaeval church.

The name of the village derives from the translated from Old Norse as farmstead or village of a man called Koli.

Colby is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk [1].The village is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) south of Cromer, 16.8 miles (27.0 km) north-north-west of Norwich, 5.2 miles (8.4 km) west-north-west of North Walsham and 131 miles (211 km) north-east of London.

For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

  • Aylsham 1837-1938
  • Norwich Outer 1939-1974
  • Norwich

Church records

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Norfolk Record Office reference PD 398/ 1-6

Parish registers of Colby, 1552-1904 Microreproduction of original records at the Norfolk Record Office, Norwich.
Norfolk Record Office nos.: PD398/1-7, 40-41(S).
In 1552-1630 and 1668-1728, the records were kept in Latin.

General registers of baptisms, 1552-1751, and marriages and burials, 1552-1748; Baptisms and burials, 1749-1812, population statistics, marriages, 1749-1754; Baptisms, 1813-1904; Marriages, 1755-1812, banns, 1755-1822; Marriages, 1813-1837. FHL BRITISH Film 2149665 Items 8 - 13
Marriages, 1837-1901; Burials, 1813-1902; Banns, 1825-1904. FHL BRITISH Film 2149666 Items 1 - 3

Archdeacons transcripts

Baptisms, burials and marriages 1600-1610, 1623-1630, 1665-1812 FHL BRITISH Film 1526779 Item 13

See also

England Norfolk Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Census records


Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Index for the Census may be searched at FamilySearch Historical Records

Poor Law Unions

Aylsham Poor Law Union

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites for parish information for visitor information Norfolk Churches website British History online


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 654-659.