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Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Baptisms 1685-1941

Norfolk Bishop's transcripts contain over 647,000 records that will allow you to uncover details of your ancestor's baptism. In 1598, an act was passed that required every parish in England to create a copy of their birth, marriage and death registers that would then be sent on to the bishop of their diocese. These copies are known as Bishop's Transcripts, or occasionally Archdeacon Transcripts, and they would be sent to the diocese office within one month of Easter every year.

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Each entry includes an image of the original document and a transcript of the vital details. The amount of information found in the transcript will depend on the age and condition of the original document although most will include your ancestor's name, baptism year, baptism place and the names of their parent's. Images may reveal additional information such as your ancestor's birth date, father's occupation and the name of the officiating minister.

Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Marriages 1685-1941

Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Marriages contains Over 157,000 records. Each record includes a transcript that will reveal your ancestor's birth year, date of marriage, place of marriage and the name of their spouse as well as an image of the original document. Images may reveal further information about your ancestor's marriage, such as the couple's occupations, fathers' names, and the names of any witnesses.

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Not all bishop's transcripts recorded the couple's ages so it worth bearing in mind that between the 16th and 19th century the average person was married in their twenties. In the 18th century, the average age for women to marry was 22 and 26 for men. In the Victorian period, it was common for women to marry around the age of 26 and 28 for men.

Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts Burials 1685-1941

Search over 434,000 Bishop's transcripts of Norfolk burials to discover your ancestor's final resting place. Transcripts will also reveal when they died and their age at death. Images of original documents may reveal additional information such as the name of the minister who performed the ceremony, your ancestor's date of death and, occasionally, their cause of death.

Bishop's Transcripts are a great alternative to Parish records and can help plug the gaps left by missing records.

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Parish registers do not survive for every parish as many register books have been lost or badly damaged over the centuries. Being able to access copies of these records is invaluable in such cases and Bishop's transcripts can often help fill in the gaps on your family tree or break down those frustrating brick walls.

Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832-1915

Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832-1915 contains over 4.5 million records. Electoral registers were first created in 1832 to records the details of all those eligible to vote. For much of British history, voting was closely linked to the possession of property; therefore the registers described the type of property owned or rented by the individual. Electoral registers were taken every year (in some cases twice a year) and are an invaluable resource for tracing your ancestors between the census years. You may also discover the history of your own home and names of individuals who lived at your address.

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Each entry will include an image of the original register and a transcript of the facts listed. Transcripts will list your ancestor's name, the place they registered, the district and the year they were registered. Images will provide additional information such as your ancestors' address and the type of property your ancestor owned or rented.

British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852

British Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795-1852 contains over 485,000 records held by The National Archives at Kew. A naval act of 1795 allowed petty officers, seamen, non-commissioned officers, and marines to remit part of their wages for the maintenance of their mothers, wives, or families. In order to achieve an allotment, the individual needed to complete an allotment declaration, and then their payments were entered into a register of allotments. Both documents can be found in this collection.

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Each record includes a transcripts that will reveal your ancestor's rank, the year of their declaration, their pay book number, their relationship the recipient and any additional remarks. Images may reveal where and when they were married, the names, ages, and baptism dates of their children, the allotted individuals residence, the allotment date and where payable. Prior to 1853, men joined the navy on a short-term basis as service records were not created until after 1853. Allotment Declarations are an excellent way to trace the careers of your earlier naval ancestors.

Victoria Births

Over 104,000 records have been added to our collection of Victoria Births. These civil registration records will reveal your ancestors birth place, birth year, parent's names and registration number. You can use this information to order a copy of their original birth certificate from the Victoria State Government's website.

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The entire collection now contains over 1.9 million records spanning the years 1837 t0 1917. During this period, Victoria's birth certificates – as well as marriage and death certificates – were the most detailed of all Australian colonies'. Certificates may contain additional information such as the parents' ages, place of birth, marriage details and the details of any previous children.

British Newspapers

Over 1.6 million articles and 13 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers this month. The new additions cover the North West and South East of England a number of Scottish counties, Nottinghamshire and Bournemouth.

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The new Scottish titles include the Haddingtonshire Courier, Linlithgowshire Gazette, Ross-shire Journal, Rothesay Chronicle, Kinross-shire Advertiser, Peeblesshire Advertiser and the Scottish Referee.