Family History

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If you are researching your family history, here are some useful local resources:

As well as being a museum well worth a visit, Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum, in North Street, just off Tuesday Market Place near to St Nicholas church, also has available transcripts of local Parish Registers. Tel: 01553 770479

Another helpful place to continue your search is the Norfolk Family History Society (NFHS) (part of the University of East Anglia web site). Other local websites worth checking out are: Norfolk Record Office or the King’s Lynn Borough Archives

The Borough Archives are located at The Old Gaol House, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ. Tel: 01553 774297. These archives can also be searched on the Internet at Access To Archives website.

The Norfolk Surnames List is a database of people searching for ancestors in Norfolk. You can get in contact with other people searching the same names here, and post details of your own search for others to get in contact.

The Family History Centre is based at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Reffely Lane, Gaywood. They have access to centuries of information from parish records, census returns and registers of births marriages and deaths.

You can phone them during opening hours on 01553 670000. Opening hours are 9am–3pm on Mondays and Saturdays and 7pm-9pm on Tuesdays. Their service is free of charge.

The Mormons have been collecting family history data from around the world for more than a century. Their enormous database of over 300 million records lists dates and places of birth, christenings, and marriages from the early 1500s up through the early 1900s. It’s being uploaded to the internet at Family Search to form the largest collection of genealogical information on the internet. It doesn’t just list Mormons, and has lots of useful resources for ancestor hunters.

Original copies of the 1841 census are now online. (see sample picture on the left) It took about 4 years to copy all the documents and put them on the Web! They can be viewed at

Norfolk family historian Glynn Burrows, can carry out specific family history research for you. He also organises guided day-trips to places of general interest, Archives, graves or anywhere of specific interest to you and your family. He will even pick you up from the station or airport! You can find out more about Glynn’s services at Norfolk Tours

If you are doing more generalised research you can Ask A Norfolk Library any question and they will e-mail an answer within a few days. The “Ask A Norfolk Librarian” service is free!

GENUKI is the genealogical information service for the UK and Ireland, containing a large structured tree of information.

The King’s Lynn War Memorial is located in Blackfriars Gardens adjacent to the library.
A full listing of the 588 men honoured from the two World Wars appears here.
You can also access details of names listed on the St Michael’s War Memorial the King’s Lynn Post Office War Memorial and the All Saints Church Memorial Window in South Lynn.

The War Memorial links could be particularly interesting to family researchers, as they contain a potted history of many of the soldiers, often telling where they lived and worked in Lynn, and sometimes details of their family.

Other ancestry websites:
Find My Past

Genealogy Today

Genes Reunited
Guild of One-Name Studies
Norfolk Roots
The National Archives
The Origins Network