Searching public records online and off

Registration certificates for births, marriages and deaths are among the main building blocks in family history research.

Although the indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates can still be examined without a computer the online method of viewing details and ordering certificates does save a lot of time, and money.

If you're not online

For those people who do not like computers the indexes are available on microfiche at the Heritage Centre at Norwich library or at the Norfolk Records Office.

They can also be viewed at the Family Records Centre in London.

Forms are available at these sites to order the certificates from the General Record Office at Southport.

The certificates cost £11.50 if provided by post or £8.50 if ordered by telephone.

The online cost of ordering certificates is £7

You don’t even need to own a computer as you can go to an internet café, or log on at your local library — or find a friend who will let you use their computer.

Below are some places to start your search of public record.

EDP Library

Original bound volumes of the Norwich Mercury from 1750 are still held in the Archant archives along with many other Norfolk newspapers published over the centuries whose companies eventually came to form Archant. Most of the later ones started life in the 19th century, such as the Norfolk Chronicle, which ran from 1838 to 1854; Norfolk News (1845-1883); People’s Weekly Journal (1864-1922), Thetford and Watton Times (1880 onwards), Yarmouth & Gorleston Times (1880-1939); Dereham & Fakenham Times (1881 onwards); Diss Journal (1909-1922); and the Downham Gazette & Journal from 1880. Also, of course, the Archant flagship newspaper the Eastern Daily Press, which was launched in 1870, and the Evening News from 1882.

Editions of the Evening News and all our weekly titles are available on microfilm 1952 - 1996, 1996 onwards are on a digital archive.

Most editions of the Eastern Daily Press since 1870 - 1996 are available on Microfilm or CD, 1996 on digital archive.

Members of the public can arrange personal research visits Monday-Wednesday 9-12. Charges vary depending on query, please contact for details

Email: or phone 01603 628311

Norfolk Record Office

The Norfolk Record Office collects and preserves records of historical significance for the county of Norfolk and makes them accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.

For Suffolk historical records visit the Suffolk Record Office:

Norfolk Family History Society

The Norfolk Family History Society's collection of genealogical resources encompass Norfolk parish register transcripts, monumental inscriptions, census returns, wills, family trees, pedigrees, photographs and a wide range of published work to help you trace your family's Norfolk origins.

Births, marriages and deaths records for Norfolk

Contact details for Norfolk register offices, plus how to get hold of a copy certificate, and trace your family tree.

NOAH: Norfolk Online Access to Heritage

NOAH contains a huge range of information held by Norfolk County Council libraries, museums and archives. Included in the coverage are Picture Norfolk, Norfolk Sources, Norfolk Historic Environment Record, the local newspapers index 1922-1978, tithe and enclosure maps and the collections databases of the library and museums services and Norfolk Record Office.

Norfolk Sources

Norfolk Sources is a collection of images of archive material supplied by the Norfolk Record Office and the Norfolk Heritage Centre (part of Norfolk Libraries and Information Service). They include probate records, 1800-1857 and trade directories.

Norfolk Virtual Museum

Curated by the people of Norfolk. When the EDP asked for suggestions about what should be included in a collection of Norfolk treasures we were inundated with paeans of praise for everything from Norwich Cathedral to Colman’s mustard and from Cromer pier to Carrow Road, home of the Canaries, Norwich City Football Club.

Norfolk Historic Buildings Group

The Norfolk Historic Buildings Group was founded in 2000 to bring together all those who appreciate Norfolk's old buildings and who want to learn more about them. Over the past decade it has pioneered the detailed analysis of buildings of all kinds in the county.

Norfolk Record Society

The Norfolk Record Society was founded to encourage the study and preservation of Norfolk records and to publish editions of documents relating to the history of Norfolk. Since 1930 it has published annually a transcript of a significant and sometimes unusual manuscript or collection of manuscripts. This series now covers a time-span ranging from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries.

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