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Norfolk County Council (King's Lynn)

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://library.norfolk.gov.uk
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): NFK

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

King's Lynn Library
London Road
King's Lynn
PE30 5EZ
Tel: 01553 772568 / 761393
Fax: 01553 769832
[email protected]
Contact: Team Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-2000
Tuesday: 0900-1700
Wednesday: 0900-2000
Thursday: 0900-1700
Friday: 0900-2000
Saturday: 0900-1700

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes.

Fee-based? Up to 30 minutes' research without charge. More detailed enquiries directed to fee-based services of approved information broker.

Provided by local Record Office? No

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

1841-1901 for King's Lynn and most West Norfolk villages available on microfilm/fiche. The 1851 Census of Norfolk and the 1881 Census of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk have been indexed and are available on microfiche. The 1851 Census of Norfolk and the 1881 Census of the whole of Great Britain are also available on CD-ROM. The 1901 Cencus for Norfolk on fiche. Indexed by place name only.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

(Universal British Directory 1793-98)
1822-1937 Norfolk (some of them also include Cambridgeshire, Suffolk or Lincolnshire).

6(b) City and Town Directories

King's Lynn 1901, 1928-1938/9, 1951-1974

6(c) Telephone Directories

Recent only: Alphabetical - alternate editions from 1891

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

King's Lynn: 1844 to 2001, with a few gaps e.g. the two world wars
West Norfolk: 1846-7, 1921-38, 1961-2001 with a few gaps

7(b) Poll Books

Norfolk: 1768, 1802, 1806, 1817, 1835, 1837, 1847, 1865
King's Lynn: 1768, 1822, 1824, 1826, 1835, 1837, 1852, 1865, 1868, 1869

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Great Britain and Ireland 1992 edition. Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

Local newspapers: basic index covering some main events 1842-c.1980
Index of obituaries covering some years - various dates from 1842

10. Parish Registers

King's Lynn: all parishes including South Lynn, West Lynn, Gaywood, North and South Wootton. Some West Norfolk villages - on microfilm/fiche

Norfolk Parish Registers - Marriages. 12 vols (pub. Phillimore 1899-1936) (includes several local parishes). Transcripts

Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society: Norfolk Parish Registers - transcripts but only a few relate to West Norfolk. Transcripts.

A few transcripts of local parish registers have been produced outside these series e.g. Bircham Newton, Terrington St Clement, Terrington St John, Welney and Longham

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Norfolk Genealogy vol. 1 1969 to date
Norfolk Record Society vol.1 1931 to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Transcripts of memorial inscriptions for a few West Norfolk villages e.g. Fordham, Gaywood, Gressenhall, Setchey, Stanhoe, Walpole St Andrew, Watlington, Wiggenhall St Mary the Virgin

13. Other material

Facsimile copies of some local Methodist registers (mainly baptisms) -
Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist
King's Lynn, Downham Market and Wisbech Circuits

Local newspapers on microfilm -
Lynn Advertiser 1842-1944
Lynn News 1869-1944
Lynn News and Advertiser 1944-1989
Lynn News 1989-

14. Guides to Collections

A free leaflet summarising the collection is available

Indexes to various parts of the collection e.g. cuttings, slides, maps, postcards and photographs are available for consultation at King's Lynn Library

15. Local Record Offices

Norfolk Record Office
Gildengate House
Anglia Square
Upper Green Lane
Tel: 01603 761349
Fax: 01603 761885
[email protected]

Other information