Norfolk, England Genealogy

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Norfolk is a maritime county located in the middle eastern part of England

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"NORFOLK, a maritime county in the E of England; bounded on the N W by the Wash, which divides it from Lincolnshire; on the N and the N E by the Northsea; on the S E by Breydon-water and the river Waveney, which divide it from Suffolk; on the S by the river Waveney, a short artificial line and the river Little Ouse, which divide it from Suffolk; on the S W and the W by the rivers Old Welney and Nen, and a short artificialline, which divide it from Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire...  Its greatest length, from E to W, is 60 miles; its greatest breadth, from N to S, is 40 miles; its meanbreadth is about 29 miles; its circuit is about 200 miles; and its area is 1, 354,301 acres...

"The county contains 743 parishes, parts of 3 others, and 7 extra-parochial places...  all in the diocese of Norwich. The assizes are held at Norwich; and quarter-sessions, at Norwich, Swaffham, and Walsingham...  The places of worship, in 1851, were 719 of the Church of England, 49 of Independents, 67 of Particular Baptists, 3 of General Baptists, 6 of New Connexion General Baptists, 15 of Baptists undefined, 15 of Quakers, 7 of Unitarians, with 1, 213 of Wesleyan Methodists, 1 of New Connexion Methodists, 254 of Primitive Methodists, 2 of Bible Christians, 2 of the Wesleyan Association, 44 of Wesleyan Reformers, 2 of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, 1 of Sandemanians, 1 of the New Church, 19 of isolated congregations, 13 of Latter Day Saints, 6 of Roman Catholics, and 2 of Jews...  

"Population in 1801, 273,479; in 1821, 344,368; in 1841, 412,664; in 1861, 434,798.  Population of the registration county in 1861, 427,466." 

The above extract comes from:  John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72).  For the full account go to Vision of Britain

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Civil Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Norfolk was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.  Click here to see a list of the civil districts in Norfolk and the parishes covered by each.  Read more about England Civil Registration.


To see a list of Norfolk parishes with links to articles, click on a link:

  • Click here for parishes beginning A-I.
  • Click here for parishes beginning K-Z.

Probate Jurisdictions

Before 1858, every town and parish in Norfolk was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Norfolk towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Norfolk Probate Records.