Every record displays an image of the original parish register as well as a transcript with all the pertinent information found in the record. The detail in each transcript will vary depending on the age of the records. Earlier marriage records recorded less information than those created in the twentieth century. Transcripts may include a combination of the following information.
Parish and diocese
Spouse’s father’s name
County and Country
Archive and archive reference
It is an amazing experience to view the original record created at the time of your ancestor’s marriage. In later records, you can see your ancestors’ signature. Some images reveal even further details about the marriage, such as, who performed the ceremony, the couples’ and their fathers’ occupations, the names of witnesses and the bride’s surname. Discovering your female ancestor’s original surname can be a vital tool in breaking down brick walls.
The Norfolk Marriages contain excellently digitised images of the original parish registers, which you can attach to your family tree. The parish registers are located at the Norfolk Record Office. Marriage records are highly valuable for family historians. As a source they uncover the names of the next generation back, plus they tell you where your ancestor started their new family life. You can use the parish information to then search electoral registers or census records to find out more. Use the Norfolk Parish List for a full list of all the parishes included in the collection, available in the Useful Links and Resources.
Norfolk County is on the East coast of England and shares a border with Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk. Its county town is Norwich. There are more than 183,000 marriage records from the county town. In the 16th century, Norwich became England’s second largest and wealthiest city. As a coastal county near both France and Holland, Norfolk enjoyed the prosperity of trade. The coastline stretches almost 100 miles from Hopton on Sea to the Wash.