Nourish your Norfolk roots with new and exclusive records

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By Jessie Ohara | December 2, 2022

Nourish your Norfolk roots with new and exclusive records

Explore 300,000 new records across two collections.

If you suspect you have roots in the county of Norfolk, this is a release you won't want to miss.

Norfolk Wills & Probate

This brand-new collection comprises over 257,000 records and spans 1301-1858, covering an incredible 557 years of history.

From the Archdeaconry of Norfolk, these records cover 14 Deaneries:

In them, you'll find information such as name, year, residence, and title - which will often include their occupation and birthplace.

Norfolk Banns and Marriages

We've added over 65,000 records to this collection between 1702-1923.

Norfolk Cathedral, pictured in 1929, found in our Photo Collection.

Norfolk Cathedral, pictured in 1929, found in our Photo Collection.

These records offer vital information on your ancestor's marriage such as the year, parish, spouse's name, and often the father's name. This means you could uncover multiple generations with just one record.

The news goes global

In a Findmypast first, we've added four brand-new titles this week that were all published in Africa.

The Uganda Herald, 1940.

The Uganda Herald, 1940.

Though both the Uganda Herald and the East African Standard focused on local news such as sporting fixtures, schooling and theatre, the former had a tendency to publish British correspondence, and the latter more international headlines.

With both Uganda and Kenya being British colonies at the time of publication, these titles stood patriotic to White colonists during these years. However, the East African Standard became more balanced towards Ugandan independence from Britain in 1962.

The Natal Mercury, 1878.

The Natal Mercury, 1878.

Our two new South African titles, the Natal Mercury and the Natal Witness, follow a similar vein. Both were again founded by White colonists, though the former documented news within South African colonies and the latter was more anti-imperialist in its views. These papers are considered to be some of the oldest in South Africa, and still run today.

Amongst our other new and updated titles, you'll find two from Ireland and a specialist Catholic title. To search a specific paper, just head to our newspaper archive and filter by title.

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December has come fast upon us, and so has gifting season. Why not give your loved ones the most special gift of all - the key to unlocking their heritage. To celebrate, we're offering 25% off selected gift subscriptions with code 'GIFT'. After all, there's no present like their past.

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