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Guide to '''Stiffkey, Norfolk ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records. {{Infobox England Jurisdictions
 
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=== Parish History  ===
 
=== Parish History  ===
  
STIFFKEY (St. John), a '''parish''', in the union of Walsingham, hundred of North Greenhoe, W. division of Norfolk, 3½ miles (E.) from Wells. <ref>Lewis, Samuel A.,[http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51303#s6 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''](1848), pp. 205-207. Date accessed: 11 June 2013.</ref><br>
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STIFFKEY (St. John), a '''parish''', in the union of Walsingham, hundred of North Greenhoe, W. division of Norfolk, 3½ miles (E.) from Wells. <ref>Lewis, Samuel A.,[http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51303#s6 ''A Topographical Dictionary of England''](1848), pp. 205-207. Date accessed: 11 June 2013.</ref> Also known as Stewkey.
  
Stiffkey St John the Baptist is an Ancient parish in the Walsingham deanery of the Diocese of Norwich.<br>
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Stiffkey St John the Baptist is an Ancient parish in the Walsingham deanery of the Diocese of Norwich.  
  
 
Stiffkey would have remained an obscure Norfolk parish were it not for the appointment of the Reverend Harold Francis Davidson as Rector in 1906. <br>Davidson, who came from a long line of clerics, was appointed the Rector of Stiffkey in 1906. Despite his commitments to his parishioners, Davidson felt that he should also minister to ‘fallen women’ and spent much of his time on the streets of Soho, in London. He would regularly take the train from Wells Next the Sea to London, returning just in time to take Sunday worship in Stiffkey. His wife became pregnant by another man while he was serving in the First World War, and this led to him spending even more time in London.  
 
Stiffkey would have remained an obscure Norfolk parish were it not for the appointment of the Reverend Harold Francis Davidson as Rector in 1906. <br>Davidson, who came from a long line of clerics, was appointed the Rector of Stiffkey in 1906. Despite his commitments to his parishioners, Davidson felt that he should also minister to ‘fallen women’ and spent much of his time on the streets of Soho, in London. He would regularly take the train from Wells Next the Sea to London, returning just in time to take Sunday worship in Stiffkey. His wife became pregnant by another man while he was serving in the First World War, and this led to him spending even more time in London.  
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After he was defrocked Davidson he moved to Blackpool where holidaymakers queued to see him sitting on a barrel protesting his innocence; and paying two pence each for the privilege. He unsuccessfully applied to become the manager of Blackpool Football Club, and is rumored to have founded a naturist colony.  
 
After he was defrocked Davidson he moved to Blackpool where holidaymakers queued to see him sitting on a barrel protesting his innocence; and paying two pence each for the privilege. He unsuccessfully applied to become the manager of Blackpool Football Club, and is rumored to have founded a naturist colony.  
  
Later, he moved to the East Coast at Skegness. Here he embarked on the act that would cost him his life. He recreated the Biblical story of Daniel by praying and preaching from inside a lions’ cage. One day in July 1938, a lion turned on him and took him round the cage by the scruff of the neck. The audience laughed and cheered; unaware that what they were witnessing was not part of the act. The injuries proved fatal and he died a few days after the mauling.<br>
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Later, he moved to the East Coast at Skegness. Here he embarked on the act that would cost him his life. He recreated the Biblical story of Daniel by praying and preaching from inside a lions’ cage. One day in July 1938, a lion turned on him and took him round the cage by the scruff of the neck. The audience laughed and cheered; unaware that what they were witnessing was not part of the act. The injuries proved fatal and he died a few days after the mauling.  
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Church records  ====
 
==== Church records  ====
  
{{PAGENAME}} parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:  
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Stiffkey parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
  
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''ANC Transcripts''' = [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61636 Norfolk, England, Transcripts of Church of England Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers, 1600-1935 (Ancestry) - ($)]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FREG''' = [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ FreeREG - free]<ref>[http://www.freereg.org.uk/parishes/nfk/frontpage.shtml 'Norfolk Coverage'], ''FreeREG,'' accessed 27 February 2014.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''ANC 1''' = [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61045 Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 (Ancestry) - ($)]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS ATs''' = {{RecordSearch|1824688|England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812 (FamilySearch) - free}}<ref>[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM625-XM9%3A160239801%3Fcc%3D1824688 'England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812,'] ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 31 March 2014.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''ANC 2''' = [https://www.ancestry.com/ Norfolk, England, Church of England Records (Ancestry) - ($)]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS BTs''' = {{RecordSearch|1823613|England, Norfolk, Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941 (FamilySearch) - free}}<ref>{{RecordSearch|1823613|'England, Norfolk, Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941'}}, ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 31 March 2014.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FMP''' = [https://www.findmypast.com/ Norfolk Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS PRs''' = {{RecordSearch|1416598|England, Norfolk, Parish Registers, 1538-1900 (FamilySearch) - free}}<ref>[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1416598/waypoints 'England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1538-1900'], ''FamilySearch,'' accessed 17 March 2014.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''JOIN''' = [http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/ The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)]<ref>[http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/marriage-records/Norfolk/ 'Norfolk Coverage,'] ''The Joiner Marriage Index,'' accessed 11 February 2014.</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''IGI''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free]<ref>ArcherSoftware.co.uk</ref>
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS Catalog PRs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free]
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| bgcolor="#ffffff" align="left" colspan="6" | '''FS Catalog BTs''' = [https://www.familysearch.org/catalog/search FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Baptisms'''''</center>  
 
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" colspan="2" | <center>'''''Marriages'''''</center>  
 
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | {{RecordSearch|1473016|'''1538-1991'''}}
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FREG'''  
 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''FREG'''  
| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1600-1880''']  
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | <br>  
| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1600-1919''']  
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | <br>  
| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [http://www.freereg.org.uk/ '''1600-1902''']  
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61636 '''1600-1935''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61636 '''1600-1935''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffff" | [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61636 '''1600-1935''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/norfolk-baptisms '''1538-1917''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/norfolk-marriages '''1538-1933''']
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| bgcolor="#ffcccc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/norfolk-bishops-transcripts-baptisms '''1579-1913''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/norfolk-bishops-transcripts-marriages '''1583-1925''']
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| bgcolor="#ccffcc" | [http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/ '''1754-1837''']  
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[[Norfolk Record Office]] reference PD 492/1-7<br>
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To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use [http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851 Map]. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
 
 
Abstracts of&nbsp;[http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=587&district_id=23&document_type=150 Stiffkey Parish Register Baptism]  
 
 
 
Abstracts of&nbsp;[http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=587&district_id=23&document_type=200 Stiffkey Parish Register Banns]
 
 
 
Abstracts of&nbsp;[http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=587&district_id=23&document_type=250 Stiffkey Parish Register Marriages]
 
 
 
Abstracts of&nbsp;[http://www.doun.org/transcriptions/documents.php?register_id=587&district_id=23&document_type=300 Stiffkey Parish Register Burials]
 
  
Abstracts of&nbsp;[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tinstaafl/Church_Pages/stiffkey.htm Stiffkey Parish Register Baptisms and Stiffkey Bishop's Transcripts [Baptisms]]&nbsp;<br>
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Records are also available at the [https://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk/ Norfolk Record Office].
  
 
==== Census records  ====
 
==== Census records  ====
  
a.&nbsp; {{British Census|438859}}  
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{{British Census|438859}}  
  
 
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== Maps and Gazetteers  ==
 
== Maps and Gazetteers  ==
  
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.<br>
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Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.  
  
 
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851]  
 
*[http://maps.familysearch.org/ England Jurisdictions 1851]  
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
 
*[http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp Vision of Britain]
  
== Web sites ==
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== Websites ==
 
 
http://www.northnorfolkcentral.co.uk/balestiffkey/stiffkey/stiffkeyenter.htm Stiffkey benefice website<br>
 
 
 
http://www.northnorfolkimages.co.uk/location/stiffkey.html for images of the church http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryslemmings/sets/72157594325609133/<br>
 
 
 
http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/stiffkey/stiffkey.htm Norfolk Churches website<br>
 
 
 
http://www.cvma.ac.uk/publications/digital/norfolk/sites/stiffkey/sources.html stained glass<br>
 
 
 
http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-223424-church-of-st-john-the-baptist-stiffkey British Listed Buildings<br>
 
 
 
http://norfolkcoast.co.uk/churches/ch_stiffkey.htm for information about the parish<br>
 
 
 
http://www.literarynorfolk.co.uk/stiffkey.htm Literary Norfolk<br>
 
  
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/the-rector-of-stiffkey-britains-most-infamous-clergyman-446456.html for book review about the infamous Rector of Stiffkey<br>
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*[http://www.origins.org.uk/genuki/NFK/places/s/stiffkey/ Norfolk: Stiffkey] on GenUKI
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*[http://www.northnorfolkcentral.co.uk/balestiffkey/stiffkey/stiffkeyenter.htm Stiffkey benefice website]
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*[http://www.northnorfolkimages.co.uk/location/stiffkey.html Stiffkey] on North Norfolk Images
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*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/barryslemmings/sets/72157594325609133/ Images] on Flicker
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*[http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk/stiffkey/stiffkey.htm Stiffkey] on Norfolk Churches
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*[http://www.cvma.ac.uk/publications/digital/norfolk/sites/stiffkey/sources.html Stiffkey - stained glass]
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*[http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-223424-church-of-st-john-the-baptist-stiffkey Church of St John the Baptist Stiffkey] on British Listed Buildings
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*[http://norfolkcoast.co.uk/churches/ch_stiffkey.htm Stiffkey] on Norfolk Coast. Contain parish info.
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*[http://www.literarynorfolk.co.uk/stiffkey.htm Stiffkey] on Literary Norfolk
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*[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/the-rector-of-stiffkey-britains-most-infamous-clergyman-446456.html The Rector of Stiffkey: Britains most infamous clergyman] (A book review)
  
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Latest revision as of 13:33, 11 June 2019


Guide to Stiffkey, Norfolk ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Stiffkey, Norfolk
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred North Greenhoe
County Norfolk
Poor Law Union Walsingham
Registration District Walsingham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1548
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Walsingham
Diocese Norwich
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Norwich
Location of Archive
Norfolk Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

STIFFKEY (St. John), a parish, in the union of Walsingham, hundred of North Greenhoe, W. division of Norfolk, 3½ miles (E.) from Wells. [1] Also known as Stewkey.

Stiffkey St John the Baptist is an Ancient parish in the Walsingham deanery of the Diocese of Norwich.

Stiffkey would have remained an obscure Norfolk parish were it not for the appointment of the Reverend Harold Francis Davidson as Rector in 1906.
Davidson, who came from a long line of clerics, was appointed the Rector of Stiffkey in 1906. Despite his commitments to his parishioners, Davidson felt that he should also minister to ‘fallen women’ and spent much of his time on the streets of Soho, in London. He would regularly take the train from Wells Next the Sea to London, returning just in time to take Sunday worship in Stiffkey. His wife became pregnant by another man while he was serving in the First World War, and this led to him spending even more time in London.

Some of his parishioners began to resent the amount of time he was spending away from Stiffkey, and the situation came to a head one Sunday in November 1930. Davidson was delayed in London and arrived in Stiffkey too late to take the Remembrance Day services. This was the final straw for Major Hammond, a Church Warden, who reported Davidson to the Bishop of Norwich for his “immoral” behaviour.

The Bishop launched an investigation and found that the overwhelming majority of the people of Stiffkey, and street girls of London, had nothing but praise for the Rector. Despite this, he was put on trial in March 1932 on charges of ‘systematically misbehaving’ himself with young women. The trial lasted over three months and created front page headlines. The case has been described as “Britain’s first sex scandal” and the publicity helped make Davidson a household name and national celebrity. At his trial, Davidson denied the charges against him, but in July 1932 he was found guilty on all counts. He was formally defrocked from the clergy at Norwich Cathedral in October 1932

Davidson claimed that the charges were an establishment conspiracy against him, and there are still people including most residents of Stiffkey and his own grandchildren who support this theory.

After he was defrocked Davidson he moved to Blackpool where holidaymakers queued to see him sitting on a barrel protesting his innocence; and paying two pence each for the privilege. He unsuccessfully applied to become the manager of Blackpool Football Club, and is rumored to have founded a naturist colony.

Later, he moved to the East Coast at Skegness. Here he embarked on the act that would cost him his life. He recreated the Biblical story of Daniel by praying and preaching from inside a lions’ cage. One day in July 1938, a lion turned on him and took him round the cage by the scruff of the neck. The audience laughed and cheered; unaware that what they were witnessing was not part of the act. The injuries proved fatal and he died a few days after the mauling.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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.

  • Walsingham 1837-1938
  • Fakenham 1939-1974

The Register Office, Fakenham Connect, Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9SR.
Tel: 01328 850111. E-mail: registration.fakenham@norfolk.gov.uk

Church records[edit | edit source]

Stiffkey parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS BTs = England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941 (FamilySearch) - free
FS PRs = England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997 (FamilySearch) - free
FS ATs = England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FREG = FreeREG - free
ANC Transcripts = Norfolk, England, Transcripts of Church of England Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers, 1600-1935 (Ancestry) - ($)
ANC 1 = Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 (Ancestry) - ($)
ANC 2 = Norfolk, England, Church of England Records (Ancestry) - ($)
FMP = Norfolk Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP BTs = Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
TGEN = Norfolk Parish Records (TheGenealogist) - ($)[2]
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Stiffkey Online Parish Records
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS BTs 1685-1941
1685-1941
1685-1941
FS PRs 1510-1997
1510-1997
1510-1997
FS ATs
1600-1812
1600-1812
1600-1812
FS 1538-1975
1538-1973
1538-1991
FREG 1538-1900s
1538-1900s
1538-1900s
ANC Transcripts 1600-1935
1600-1935
1600-1935
ANC 1 1535-1812
1535-1812
1535-1812
ANC 2 1813-1915
1754-1940
1813-1990
FMP 1538-1917
1538-1933
1534-1992
FMP BTs 1579-1913
1583-1925
1583-1935
TGEN 1538-1900s
1538-1900s
1538-1900s
JOIN

1538-1837


BOYD

1538-1850


IGI



FS Catalog PRs


FS Catalog BTs


To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the Norfolk Record Office.

Census records[edit | edit source]

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.



http://www.btinternet.com/~e.c.apling/1891Census/Stiffkey.htm transcript of 1891 census

Manorial Records[edit | edit source]

  • Manorial Records of London, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Contains copies and abstracts of various records relating to manors and lands of Sir Henry Calthorpe. Includes the following manors and lands: Stiffkey, Wiveton, Blakeney, etc. FHL British FIlm 1471770 item 28.

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk and http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?Walsingham/Walsingham.shtml


Walsingham Poor Law Union 

Norfolk Poor Law Unions

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 205-207. Date accessed: 11 June 2013.
  2. Searching Parish Records online (Norfolk) - The Following Parishes are Available at TheGenealogist, ParishRegister.co.uk, accessed 23 April 2019.
  3. ArcherSoftware.co.uk

Family Search

International Genealogical Index (Family Search) - free