How to search by similarity

Matching by similarity will match words that contain similar word components, e.g. Brown will bring up results for Brown and Browne.

Tips for Exact Match

Undersores _ can be used to substitute characters, e.g. Franc_s will bring up results for Frances and Francis.

Percentage Symbol % can be used to replace a number of characters, e.g. N%lor will bring up results for Naylor and Nailor.

You can combine Underscores _ and Percentages % to get a greater variety of results! E.g. N%l_r will bring up results for Naylor, Nailor and Nailer.

Norfolk Online Record Search ( NORS )

The Norfolk Family History Society (NFHS) welcomes people researching their Norfolk ancestors and family history. 
Non-members may search and view the resulting list of society records that are currently available online but 'more info' is only available to society members.
To access the society's other website and view features that are available and the society's history click here.

The following records are available to view on NORS:-

  • Banns, baptisms, burials and marriages transcribed from Norfolk Parish registers.
  • Births and/or baptisms, burials and marriages transcribed from Norfolk Non-conformist church registers.
  • Memorial Inscriptions recorded in Norfolk churches, graveyards, cemeteries and war memorials.
  • Full details from birth, marriage and death certificates (BMDs) held in our collection.
  • Strays – Norfolk people recorded out of the county.
  • Norwich Birth returns from 1904.
  • Norwich Death returns from 1894.
  • Norwich Bomb victims in WW2.
  • Wills – from copies held in our collection.
  • Manors – from copies held in our collection or preserved for us at the Norfolk Record office.
  • Miscellaneous Archive, diverse material from our collection.
  • To be added at a later date - Family Trees submitted to the society.

As this is an ongoing project full coverage from all years, all types of transcript and all parishes is not necessarily available and it is not possible to predict an end date. We rely on volunteers to transcribe and check the data and prepare it for upload to NORS.

Transcripts are made from handwritten and sometimes ancient, faded or damaged parish records; individual entries may be difficult to read leading to a "best guess" when either BLANK? or ? is entered into the transcript (usually presented as No Data). Likewise monumental inscription wording may be damaged by weathering, algae, lichen or plant growth.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy of the NFHS transcripts, errors may occur, therefore transcripts should be regarded as a good resource to be confirmed by additional research. Researchers finding parish record errors should report them by emailing the details to [email protected] or in writing to NORS Transcription Error c/o Kirby Hall address. Monumental inscription errors should be reported to [email protected] or in writing to Monumental Inscription Error c/o Kirby Hall address.
For other enquiries see 'Contact Us' above.

Latest News

13th Jun 2017
New NORS System Launches
Welcome to the Norfolk Family History Society's new version of NORS - This website has been fully redesigned.
After much consideration it was decided to replace the NORS system created by Frontis in 2008 and which has served the membership well. This has now been replaced with a new website created by InnerShed, the local company responsible for our NFHS website.
Some of the benefits of this change are:

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