Find your ancestors in Norfolk Burials

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Discover if your ancestor was buried in Norfolk. Explore the digitised Norfolk parish burial records from the Norfolk Record Office. The records will show your ancestors’ burial dates, ages and residences at time of death, and their birth years.

What can these records tell me?

In each record, you can view the original parish register and a transcript of the details found on the register. The details in each transcript can vary, but most should include the following information.

  • Name
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Birth year – This year is calculated by the given age at the time of death. In some circumstances, the age may have been estimated, which could cause an incorrect birth year.
  • Death year
  • Burial date
  • Parish
  • Diocese
  • County and Country
  • Archive and archive reference


We recommend viewing the original records because they may contain additional information such as your ancestor’s residence and spouse’s name, as well as who performed the ceremony and if your ancestor died in unusual circumstances.

Discover more about these records

Norfolk burials were created from transcribing and photographing the original parish registers from the Norfolk Record Office as well as the College of Arms, the official heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and much of the Commonwealth including Australia and New Zealand.. A burial record is a good source for your family tree because it helps you to follow your ancestor’s life journey from beginning to end. Many of our ancestors moved throughout their lives for different reasons like work and family. Death records will show where they were living at the end of their lives and this may indicate where their families resided. You can use this information to search for more ancestors in the electoral registers and census records. The burial records are from across Norfolk, for a full list of parishes view the Norfolk Parish List available in Useful Links and Resources.

Norfolk County lies on the east coast of England. Before the railway system was built, it was quicker for people of Norfolk to sail to Amsterdam than to get to London. Throughout its history, Norfolk has been influenced by the Dutch in textiles and architecture. In the sixteenth century, Joas Johnson erected piers on the river Yare and secured the harbour at Great Yarmouth. The structure stood until 1962. During the Spanish Inquisition, many Dutch fled and settled in Norfolk. The burial records contain numerous records of Dutch people who died in Norfolk; the unknown immigrants were only listed as ‘Dutch’.