Rushford, Norfolk Genealogy & Suffolk
RUSHFORD (St. John the Evangelist), a parish, in the union of Thetford, partly in the hundred of Blackbourn, W. division of Suffolk, but chiefly in the hundred of Guilt-Cross, W. division of Norfolk, 4 miles (E. S. E.) from Thetford. 
Rushford St John is an ancient parish in the diocese of Norwich and includes Shadwell.
Part of the parish lies an Norfolk and part in Suffolk with the main part being in Norfolk.
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.
- Thetford 1837-1894 (part in Suffolk)
- Thetford 1895-1935 wholly in Norfolk for administrative purposes with brettenham 1935-1938
- Wayland 1939-1974
- Parish Registers for Rushford, 1586-1904: First film listed in the Family History Library Catalog is 2262381
- Parish Register of baptisms, burials & marriages in Rushford Collegiate Church from its recovery,1586-1740: Film number 1702652
- Archdeacons Transcripts, 1726-1751 can be viewed online through our Historical Collections.
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.
Prior to the 1911 census the household schedule was destroyed and only the enumerator's schedule survives.
The 1911 census of England and Wales was taken on the night of Sunday 2 April 1911 and in addition to households and institutions such as prisons and workhouses, canal boats merchant ships and naval vessels it attempted to include homeless persons. The schedule was completed by an individual and for the first time both this record and the enumerator's schedule were preserved. Two forms of boycott of the census by women are possible due to frustration at government failure to grant women the universal right to vote in parliamentary and local elections. The schedule either records a protest by failure to complete the form in respect of the women in the household or women are absent due to organisation of groups of women staying away from home for the whole night. Research estimates that several thousand women are not found by census search. Find my Past 1911 census search
Poor Law Unions
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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- Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 717-719. Date accessed: 13 May 2013.