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© Copyright E C ("Paddy") Apling, August 2007 - 2010.
Name:dixon-hamilton
Email:editor{at}nordic-times.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Barton-upon-Humber, Kippax, Wells, Morston
Comments:great research. well done. My family are the Temples who came from Barton to Wells-Morston as master mariners. I am now fascinated by pendant that came from Sri Lanka. What trading routes were they? by whom? when? A fascinating complex jigsaw. Seasons Greetings. 20.18 5.xii.2017. Geoffrey E. Dixon-Hamilton, editor@nordic-times.co.uk tel.016704 713 777.PS MY relative is James Temple, Morston.
December 5, 2017 20:20:04 (GMT Time)



Name:Dr Denis Pepper
Email:botolph{at}virginmedia.com
HomePage:http://www.botolph.info
Where are
you from:
Folkestone, Kent
Comments:Dear Paddy - I am trying to find the site of the Botolph's Chapel that used to exist at Scarning. I have found where the Congregational Chapel used tobe but can find no details about when that was built or demolished. I also have been given information that the site of the old Methodist Church might be relevant - but I cannot locate this either. I would be most grateful for any assistance you might be able to give me. Thank you.
September 10, 2017 20:53:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Helen Webster
Email:ladyhelenwebster{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
England
Comments:My maternal Grandfather was Henry Charles Lain 1874-1954. I believe he was born in Hackford. I am particularly interested in Hackford because I believe I had several ancestors connected to that village and as a child I lived with my mother with 'one of my great aunt Sarah's' during the war years. I remember an aunt Alice who lived in Deopham.I would welcome any help to discover more about the Lain family. They mostly seemed to be either farmers or agriculture labourers. kind regards Helen.
February 24, 2017 13:36:39 (GMT Time)



Name:Sharron Peters
Email:sharron.vic.peters{at}orcon.net.nz
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
New Zealand
Comments:Hi Paddy, I am reseaching Randall King of Henstead, Norfolk. In several census he is a Farmer of many acres employing men 2-8. Would he be the owner of that land or a tenant farmer, would you think. Would appreciate your thoughts. Thank you
February 23, 2017 06:28:02 (GMT Time)



Name:WOMACK
Email:BASILLIPPY{at}HOTMAIL.COM
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
EASTCARLTON NORFOLK
Comments:BERNARD MATHEWS/COLLIN CHATMAN/ DELORIAN ?????????????
February 12, 2017 16:12:02 (GMT Time)



Name:WendyPowell
Email:wendyp.powell{at}ntlworl.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ely
Comments:I am researching the Powell family from Stoke Ferry and have questions I would like to ask someone with knowledge of the village . can you suggest please. Thank you.
February 2, 2017 11:33:23 (GMT Time)



Name:Barbara Byington
Email:harveynbarbara{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Redding, Shasta County, California
Comments:Hello! I'm a descendant of William Sedgwick, of Bedfordshire, abt 1615. Would like more info on his final religious ideas/philosophy, etc. Glad I ran info your site...very nice!! Thank you, for any ideas. Barbara Byington-Rosner
January 28, 2017 19:34:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Dennis Cochran
Email:djcochran123{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Worthing West Sussex
Comments:Maternal gggf William Pope traced to Witton and North Walsham, 1800, ggf to Swaffham and Downham (same name) and Harry Pope (etc) who ran into financial difficulty, did 3 years in Maidstone Debtors Prison, dying sadly in Thorpe St Andrew Mental Hospital in 1924. Quite some story, but cannot get back any further; perhaps farmer John and Elizabeth Pope in Witton c1775. Don't know if any of your researches have crossed the family path at all. Yours, in history. Dennis.
January 16, 2017 19:09:26 (GMT Time)



Name:Graeme Moorhouse
Email:g_moorhouse{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Comments:Do you have any information about the Didlington Brass Band? My great grandfather John Wall was, I believe, the conductor. The time period was around 1901. He was living in Northwold at the time with his family and working as a Carpenter, I think he may have worked at Didlington Hall.
January 3, 2017 03:38:07 (GMT Time)



Name:nicholas cory
Email:nicholascory123{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Brenwood
Comments:looking for information on the cory family i have traced my line back to moses cory born lingwood 1768 ??? who were his parents?? relations in norfolk/ what likely occupation. any ideas regards Nicholas cory
August 25, 2016 13:06:30 (GMT Time)



Name:Julie Swann
Email:Julieswann{at}live.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Barford in Warwick England
Comments:I am researching my family tree my maiden name is Allen my Ancestors are John Allen and Mary Rix and I'm trying to trace them back but Samuel Allen who was born in 1750 Fulmodeston Cum Croxten I cant find out who his parents were all it says is it was a John Allen and Elizabeth Samuel Allen married Elizabeth Robinson a desendent of Thomas Robinson the Architect her father was William Robinson do you know who John Allen and Elizabeth could have been.
August 9, 2016 12:31:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Mary roberts
Email:Maryroberts1349{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norfolk
Comments:Looking for family Noel Arthur Roberts born Wood Dalling 1909 possible in Lincoln 1935 can find no other info.
May 6, 2016 07:54:20 (GMT Time)



Name:Peta Brough
Email:peta.brough{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Mundham House
Comments:Have just stumbled on the website and found out things about my relatives. Thank you for your hard work!
April 18, 2016 13:22:05 (GMT Time)



Name:Jennifer Murphy
Email:murphy.592{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Essex and Cork
Comments:I am interested in William De Grey and his Father Thomas De Grey. Reason being I am Spiritualist medium and work with these two gentlemen from the spirit World. where can I find more about them. Thank You, Jennifer Murphy
April 17, 2016 15:10:50 (GMT Time)



Name:Colin Greenslade
Email:colingreenslade{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Chipping Sodbury
Comments:Although now living in Gloucestershire My roots on my mothers side are in Flitcham near Kings Lynn. Does anyone know where I can get a wedding cert for an ancestor who was married in Flitcham church in 1813 ?
March 28, 2016 14:18:54 (GMT Time)



Name:Colin Greenslade
Email:colingreenslade{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Chipping Sodbury
Comments:Although now living in Gloucestershire My roots on my mothers side are in Flitcham near Kings Lynn
March 28, 2016 14:11:47 (GMT Time)



Name:Andrew Carle
Email:chinlo1{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Geneva, Ohio U.S.
Comments:searching for ancestry of Millicent Spinks 3/15/1914 daughter of Amelia and Charles Spinks.
March 26, 2016 17:09:06 (GMT Time)



Name:Daphne Clark
Email:adclark{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Comments:I have been searching for a Benjamin Hanton circa 1785 , I cannot find a birth /baptism for him . he married Christianna Tungate in 1813 and the rest is history . the mystery is Ben where and when was he born , I am now thinking was he fostered ???/can you help ???
February 22, 2016 15:05:07 (GMT Time)



Name:John Scales
Email:johnscales7{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
originally, Norfolk, now, Devon
Comments:Was there once a gypsy site at East Poringland? In the 1871 census a large group of people lived there, nearly all agricultural labourers. One of my ancestors lived among them.
February 11, 2016 08:28:11 (GMT Time)



Name:Ian Billings
Email:ian{at}norphil.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Comments:Paddy, why are the Dereham SC pages still present on this site? They keep coming up in search engines and confuse the bewildered!
February 8, 2016 21:39:17 (GMT Time)



Name:Jo
Email:Jopjs2010{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Terrington St Clement
Comments:Paddy. A couple of questions for you please. Where was the railway station in Terrington St Clement? When was it last used? Hope you can help. Happy Christmas
December 22, 2015 13:41:03 (GMT Time)



Name:cyril towell
Email:cyril66towell{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Nottingham U.K
Comments:Interested in Family History since 1988 Purely for Hobby interest & not any financial gain
November 18, 2015 23:19:53 (GMT Time)



Name:Pat Grief
Email:griefpat{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
King's Lynn
Comments:Would you have any knowledge of a "Little London" in Tilney St. Lawrence or Tilney All Saints. I have come across this on a census whilst researching my family tree. Curious as to why it was called that. Thanks Pat
September 24, 2015 09:39:50 (GMT Time)



Name:ross leonard sayer
Email:rossleonard.rs.sayer6{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
whakatane new zealand
Comments:My Name is Ross Leonard Sayer- I am researching my Great Great Grandfather Richard Burgess Sayer born East Rudham Norfolk on 17-august-1817 he came to New Zealand and Married Jemima Oxenham and had 4 children. No one in the family seems to know much about him in England but must have been educated as he could read and write.
September 17, 2015 08:08:19 (GMT Time)



Name:Linda Humphries
Email:james.humphries{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Mansfield,originally Huddersfield
Comments:my great great grandfather Thomas Wolveridge(born 1825 Shoreditch ,died 1887 Thorpe Norwich)was master of the workhouse in Heigham(1871 census)His wife MaryAnn was matron.My great grandfather Frederick (1859 Heigham 1915 Norwich) married Faith Hook (1860-1909) in Norwich in 1881.My grandfather Frederick Thomas Wolveridge (1898 Norwich died Huddersfield 1973).Any information on the Hook or Tooley families both from Norfolk
August 6, 2015 16:43:39 (GMT Time)



Name:Linda Humphries
Email:james.humphries{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Mansfield,originally Huddersfield
Comments:my great great grandfather Thomas Wolveridge (born 1825 Shoreditch died 1887 Thorpe,Norwich)was master of the workhouse in Heigham (1871 census) and his wife MaryAnn was matron. My great grandfather Frederick Wolveridge (1859 Heigham died 1915 Norwich) My grandfather Frederick Thomas Wolveridge (1898 Heigham died 1973 Huddersfield).Grandad had 5 living sisters all older than him,but I only knew of one which doesn't help if you are trying to identify a photo ,taken 1959, labelled "Auntie Woolly".That was the only name I knew her as.My mum was responsible for labelling the picture so it seems she didn't know her real name either
August 6, 2015 15:46:20 (GMT Time)



Name:Peter Butters
Email:pbutters{at}tutamail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Huddersfield
Comments:Researching the Butters family. John Butters b. 1858 from West Dereham was my great grandfather. He moved north in the 1870s and died in Barnsley in 1924 after working as a navvy and coal miner.
July 28, 2015 11:11:22 (GMT Time)



Name:kim sephton
Email:kcseph{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
leicestershire
Comments:hi, I have lewells from denton and taylors, also lewells in hempnall,lovely website!
July 23, 2015 16:33:36 (GMT Time)



Name:Tony Huggins
Email:anthuggins{at}blueyonder.co.uktonyhugginsart.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Cumbernauld Glasgow
Comments:Hi Paddy, -I'm finally going to visit my father's birth place next week. His name was Arthur Huggins, -and I believe he came from a blacksmithing family in Fakenham (Hempton). -Hoping to look up any info re my grandfather (Arthur Huggins) a farrier sergeant Royal Artillery @1914. Any ideas where I should start? (I'm going to visit John Mallet, -the new blacksmith at West Raynham.
July 8, 2015 10:36:10 (GMT Time)



Name:Sharon Parkinson
Email:shazpark2356{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Sheffield
Comments:Thought this might interest you with you & your fathers interest in Norfolk. My GGGgrandfather was William Browes he married Jemima Fairhead, his brother Charles who married Hannah Fairhead Jemimas sister, had a son James who married Emma Gosling ,their son Frederick James Browes bought Wicklewood Mill from Samuel Winter a retired baker in 1895 for Ł325 he was a Draper & Grocer. I am unsure of when it went out of the family & wondered if you have or know where I might get any further info. Thank you in advance for any possible help you may provide.
June 16, 2015 18:05:48 (GMT Time)



Name:Sharon Parkinson
Email:shazpark2356{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Sheffield
Comments:I am doing research into family history and my husband's family are connected to the Hovell family which was prolific in the Hillington area. I would be very grateful if you could give me any information about the family also any local burials. Thank you in advance.
June 12, 2015 21:45:05 (GMT Time)



Name:Debbie Mock
Email:debbiemock64{at}aol.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Essex
Comments:Hi I am researching my family ancestry from Norfolk My maiden name was Norton. I have drawn a blank finding Edward Norton possibly born East Harling c1796. Any info greatly received.
June 7, 2015 12:33:32 (GMT Time)



Name:Dye, Robert Eric DOB Feb 14, 1921
Email:redye{at}cox.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
The U.K but now resident in California.USA..
Comments:My father Alexander Frank Dye, his parents were resident in either Dersingham or Snettisham.My Father Deceased in 1945. Grandmother in 1937 Buried in Sandringhcm Churchyard
May 12, 2015 23:37:50 (GMT Time)



Name:Lisa Wahlsten(nee Osborne)
Email:lisa.wahlsten{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Albany,Western Australia
Comments:
April 19, 2015 09:58:34 (GMT Time)



Name:Stephen Willgress
Email:steve2lindenlea{at}eircom.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Originally Wolverhampton
Comments:About to look up relatives in South Walsham area
March 2, 2015 16:30:58 (GMT Time)



Name:Bill Ashby
Email:bill258{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
SWINDON
Comments:Paddy Do you know where I might find information about a small group of men that formed the Deringham Patrol of the WW2 British Resistance/Auxiliary Units. Known Members: Sgt Fred James Burton of Manor Cottage, Dersingham Leonard Harry "Paddy" Batterbee of 3 Centre Vale, Dersingham Frank Goff of Dodds Hill, Dersingham Richard Robert Griggs of Dodds Hill, Dersingham William Herbert S Riches of Chapel Road, Dersingham Clarence William Todd of Manor Road, Dersingham Looking for details of the men, photographs of them and their secret underground operational base Best regards
January 9, 2015 02:13:47 (GMT Time)



Name:Karen Stanford
Email:kaspurchase{at}comcast.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Florida, USA
Comments:I have found reference to my family, the Dyballs, but in searching for another person whose family history claims Holt was the site of the Gresham Castle in the 1300s, I found found no reference to Gresham. Can you help me out with any reference to the Greshams, who may be more associated with London in later years?
January 6, 2015 18:33:48 (GMT Time)



Name:COLIN BARRY GURNEY
Email:colingurney{at}manx.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Origanlly Rugby, Warwickshire now Isle of Man
Comments:Researching the Gurney Family from Norfolk and I have just come upon Charles Louis Buxton from Bolwick Hall, Marsham
December 2, 2014 15:23:23 (GMT Time)



Name:S bloomfield
Email:Grannieshirley{at}googlemail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Buckinghamshir
Comments:Looking for anything on my gt gt grandfather john palmer master fisherman. On the 1881 census then nothing son clement born 1883 and deacsed on my gt grandmothers marriage 1897. Rumour was he drowned at sea . The family lived in backchapel lane no5 any help would be gratefully appreciated.
November 20, 2014 17:43:34 (GMT Time)



Name:david Feltham
Email:felthamd{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Originally my father was a Hingham Boy
Comments:I am researching my family tree and have loads of stuff on it but naturally still many unknowns.........I stumbled upon your sites and note that in one you mention you are related to 'Felthams' Love to hear from you.
October 30, 2014 15:46:10 (GMT Time)



Name:Philip Heath
Email:pipheath{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Halstead, Essex
Comments:I recently acquired a copy of a photograph dated c. 1905 of a fiddler and others outside a building apparently in Swannington. Do you: (a) know of any books of old photographs of the area? (b) have any contacts in the field of local/family history in Swannikngton?
October 8, 2014 11:28:35 (GMT Time)



Name:Annette Ratzlaff
Email:anne_ratz{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kansas, USA
Comments:I have only just come across your site. My mother, Doris Palmer parents owned the, New Inn in Hockwold when she was a young girl. She married my dad, Herbert J. Mothersole and they made their home on a farm, Poppylot, in the fens.
September 25, 2014 00:32:40 (GMT Time)



Name:Peter Ellis
Email:p.ellis{at}kcl.ac.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Epsom and King's College London
Comments:I am your old PhD student. I hope you are keeping well. Cheers Peter
September 21, 2014 20:09:28 (GMT Time)



Name:Eve
Email:eve{at}ehorrex.wanadoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
London
Comments:I am trying to find out if the Horrex family ever lived in the big house called Horrex Farm in Foulden. My ancestors are buried in All Saints churchyard in Foulden village. Can't find any information about Horrex farm was it known by another name? Any help would be much appreciated.
September 5, 2014 21:48:30 (GMT Time)



Name:Evan Snyman
Email:evansnyman2{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Johannesburg, South Africa
Comments:Hi there. I am trying to track down info re my great grandfather, Edwin Walter Nuthall. The only links I can find online are to a man who arrived too late to fight in the Boer War, and a reference to being baptised in Depwade. Can you provide any further info re him or his family (Henry Chapman Nuthall & Alice Adeline Nuthall). Thank you for any assistance you can provide. Evan Snyman
August 27, 2014 00:39:03 (GMT Time)



Name:Sidney C Hart
Email:shart243{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norwich, Norfolk
Comments:Could anyone please confirm/deny that my Gt.Grandfather: George HART died in Swainsthorpe on, or about, 02 February 1901? He is not on the 1901 Census for Thorpe Abbotts where he spent most of his life, but is buried there next to his mother? Thanks for any assistance in advance Sid
August 20, 2014 12:39:52 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Sid,

You need to consult the Index of Registrations of Births, Marriages & Deaths for 1901; the complete index is available on microfile for consultation at the Forum and at the Archive Centre (Norfolk Record Office) in Norwich, as well as major libraries and County Record Offices troughout the country. The index is arranged alphabetically by Surname and forename for each quarter year - and gives the office of registration of the event, the information you require to seek a copy of the death certificate.

With kind regards,
Paddy

August 24, 2014 at 19.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Martin Clark
Email:oddjob352002{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Currently Ipswich based
Comments:I have found what appears to be a duff link on your pages namely the one to the Harleston Town web-site. However I have to thank you and congratulate you on the amount of data you have gathered about Harleston alone (my interest being that my paternal grandmother was born there), so I have been looking for social background information etc.
July 24, 2014 20:37:29 (GMT Time)



Name:John McGuire
Email:Flogcj{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Mundesley
Comments:Hi there. I was looking through the 1891 Mundesley census and saw the name 'Pardod?'. In fact the name is 'Pardon'. The Pardon family have lived in the area as farmers for hundreds of years. I love the website and I hope this helps...
July 16, 2014 16:21:13 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo John,

Thanks for your message, and of course I am pleased to have your correction to myiindex file, which will be amended shortly.

With kind regards,
Paddy

July 21, 2014 at 1l.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:yvonne evans
Email:anneyvonne.evans{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Carmarthenshire Wales
Comments:Very surprised to find many Welsh surnames in Cranworth 1841 census. I know Wwelsh Drovers visited Norfolk. The Welsh surnames are for mostly agricultural labourers. Any one know why they were there. I am trying to trace people with surname Abel who could be Welsh
July 16, 2014 14:13:28 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Yvonne,

Thanks for your message; the only comment I can sensibly make is to ask if you have seen my items on David Hughes, the welshman who became estate manager to Sir Robert Southwell and endowed the Grammar School in Beamaris on his home island of Anglesey at The story of David Hughes?

With kind regards,
Paddy

July 21, 2014 at 11.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:leonard piggin
Email:leomartin522{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
london
Comments:
July 14, 2014 03:08:42 (GMT Time)



Name:Leonard Cutchey
Email:doreen.cutchey{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Romford then Hingham 1968-1978
Comments:Our son Andrew was christened in the church in the presence of Anglia Television as part of the Bicentenial celebrations programme and was commemorated by the making of a hassock.
May 31, 2014 14:50:53 (GMT Time)



Name:Stephen Govier
Email:printssg{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hoxne Suffolk
Comments:Hi, am writing a book about Stanley Freese, Suffolk Mill enthusiast. Would like to include a short biography of Harry also a photo, any help would be much appreciated. What happened to his mill archive material, Stephen
May 18, 2014 08:26:23 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Stephen,

Thanks for your message, and of course I am pleased to hear of your project and would like to help.

You will find Harry's obituary on my web-site, together with the article about him carried in the Newsletter of the Norfolk Record Office. This includes a marvellous photograph of Harry at Wicklewood Mill, taken by the late Donald Hubbard, husband of Joan Hubbard, the last surviving daughter of the last miller at Wicklewood. You may not know that she died only on May 9th (fuberak at Wymondham Abbey at noon on May 27th.

If there is anything else about Harry you would like to know you have only to ask, All I can think of at the moment is that one of the last happy moments with him shortly before he died was the day he realised he had managed to reach a total of 1,000 corn windmill sites in Norfolk.

All Harry's mill archive material he bequeathed to the Norfolk Windmills Trust, and it is now held by Norfolk Records Office at the Norfolk Archive Centre. Much of the materal collated in his achive is now on the web at Norfolk Mills site run by Jonathan Neville.

With kind regards,
Paddy

May 20, 2014 at 18.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Carey Moore (Mr.)
Email:c.m00re682carey{at}sky.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Great Ellingham Norfolk, NR17 1LF
Comments:I am trying to track down the date that the war memorial in Hingham Norfolk, west of St. Andrew's Church NR9 4HP was erected on its present site, also a record of who owns the land it is erected on. Thanks. Carey Moore.
March 24, 2014 08:58:07 (GMT Time)



Name:D. Stevens
Email:D.m.stevens{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Comments:
March 5, 2014 11:52:42 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane O'Neill
Email:dicon1{at}live.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
LINDSAY ONTARIO CANADA
Comments:I just want to correct birth date of Jonas on my previous email, he was born in 1814. sorry Diane O'Neill
February 26, 2014 02:16:14 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane O'Neill
Email:dicon1{at}live.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Lindsay Ontario Canada
Comments:Love your site Paddy. I have been researching Norfolk for ages looking for information on Jonas Thurston from Bunwell Parish and Rebecca Vout who married in Ontario Canada about 1840. they were my gr. gr. grandparents and I never could find when they came here likely around 1836. I have found Rebeccas christening in Aylsham Corpusty but no marriage for her parents James Vout and Mary. Jonas's parents married about 1790 or so. Jonas was born 1840. Not sure but the story has it that 6 brothers came to Canada and 2 went back to Norfolk. do you have any information or tell me where the best place to look for the Vouts might be? Jonas Mmother was Elizabeth Walpole Smith Thanks for any help and again I really love reading about all the places in Norfolk. Diane O'Neill from Lindsay Ontario Canada email dicon1@live.ca
February 26, 2014 02:12:33 (GMT Time)



Name:Jacqueline Tyler
Email:jacky{at}tylerman.coo.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
London now living in Yeovil
Comments:all my mothers family came from Norfolk they are the Ramm and Coppin Families from Bale the Daw Daws Dawes Families from syderstone and the Tuck families from Kettlestone I have many ancestors over Norfolk and some of the families still live there this is a wonderful site
February 2, 2014 16:56:27 (GMT Time)



Name:Yvonne Cubberley
Email:B_Cubberley{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Illinois, USA
Comments:Hello, my grandfather's family came from Norfolk area. My grandfather was Gordon Oldfield, son of Charles Oldfield, son of Jesse Oldfield? I think they go back to John Oldfield, but I can't follow the line any further. Please contact me. Thank you.
January 22, 2014 17:27:33 (GMT Time)



Name:mo eeles
Email:moeeles{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Downham Market
Comments:Would like to use the information as part of: 1. U3A General History Group 2. Private research - ancestor was workhouse master. 3. Heritage Society research.
January 20, 2014 12:04:00 (GMT Time)



Name:no eeles
Email:moeeles{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Downham Market
Comments:Would like to use the information as part of: 1. U3A General History Group 2. Private research - ancestor was workhouse master. 3. Heritage Society research.
January 20, 2014 12:01:17 (GMT Time)



Name:Rachel Koci
Email:rachelkoci{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Guildford Surrey
Comments:Hi, I was reading about the story of Maya Shalal Hash bas, once publican of the Cherry Tree Inn, East Dereham. I am his great great great grand daughter. My father George Ernest Tuck was Maha's grandson. Have you read the poem written in 1971 about how Maha was named? Rachel Koci
January 15, 2014 20:33:49 (GMT Time)



Name:miss b m brewin-pole
Email:barbarameg36{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
ashby de-la-zouch
Comments:I am trying to contact jim &jean white who resided at Raynham hall in the 1970s jim was based at west Raynham and had a son called dean .can you help me ?
January 7, 2014 18:35:29 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane Kathleen Hackford
Email:dkhackford{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Coventry, West Midlands, England
Comments:I have just started researching my family tree + surname any information gratefully accepted. many thanks
January 2, 2014 14:51:43 (GMT Time)



Name:Andy Joones
Email:handyandyj{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
East Bilney
Comments:I am trying to find out the history of our home and wondered if you may point me in the right direction please. I today have just found your site and it is now in my favourite list your site is fantastic
December 31, 2013 18:08:16 (GMT Time)



Name:Cindy Barris-Speke
Email:cindybarrisspeke{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
USA New England Born and Bred
Comments:Hi Paddy! Thank you so much for your work on organizing and providing this information. As would be expected, if one has "old" New England heritage, there's apt to be someone in there from East Anglia! Best Regards, Cindy Barris-Speke
December 18, 2013 15:50:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Ken Buckmaster
Email:ken{at}buckmasters.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Warfield, Bracknell, Berkshire
Comments:Researching my mother's family. Doris Edith Benstead, born at the Rising Sun in Castle Acre. Parents Frederick Benstead and Theresa Trevett. In particular associations with the Sandringham Estate. Jack Crisp one time valet to Edward VIII I know about but my Mum mentioned a relative who was a fireman on the estate. There may be others - perhaps Joseph Sutton
November 8, 2013 14:38:25 (GMT Time)



Name:malcolm isherwood
Email:malisherwood{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Tasmania, Australia
Comments:researching ancestors back to england norfolk my ancestors wer james reeve and eliza barrett came to tasmania around 1857
October 27, 2013 01:41:09 (GMT Time)



Name:jenna
Email:j_hill1234{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
norwich
Comments:hi, I am tracing my mother in laws fathers side, who are the turvey's from banham. I have found some information on ancestry.co.uk but come to a blank, also my mother in law said there is a turvey lane in banham, could this be a possible connection with her family. any help you can help would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
October 2, 2013 15:20:33 (GMT Time)



Name:Linda Rust
Email:rstyldy1965{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Comments:Seeking information and family ties to Henry Rust who came from Hingham and helped found Hingham, Massachusetts in 1633/34.
October 1, 2013 17:36:29 (GMT Time)



Name:charlotte miller
Email:ncomiller{at}yahoo.co.uk. cllmiller@tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
gerrards cross and oxford
Comments:My82 yr old mum is Kenneth Meeres Grants daughter and would lovee to see inside Woodrising curch when we come up on saturday and wondered if we could have a look inside, we will be comimg by on Sat 14th Sep between 1pm-3pm depending on traffic , wud we be able to borrow the key? You once kindly lent me the key and gave me a cup of teas back in 2008n. Wud u reply to my email and to mums as i will have my computer only until 5pm today and wont have it tommorrow, many thanks,charotte,( kenneth meeres grants grand daughter)
September 12, 2013 06:46:17 (GMT Time)



Name:charlotte miller
Email:ncomiller{at}yahoo.co.uk. cllmiller@tisscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
gerrards cross and oxford
Comments:My82 yr old mum is Kenneth Meeres Grants daughter and would lovee to see inside Woodrising curch when we come up on saturday and wondered if we could have a look inside, we will be comimg by on Sat 14th Sep between 1pm-3pm depending on traffic , wud we be able to borrow the key? You once kindly lent me the key and gave me a cup of teas back in 2008n. Wud u reply to my email and to mums as i will have my computer only until 5pm today and wont have it tommorrow, many thanks,charotte,( kenneth meeres grants grand daughter)
September 12, 2013 06:43:03 (GMT Time)



Name:Rowena Brett
Email:rae2ashling{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Werribee, Melbourne Australia
Comments:In the process of compiling a family tree for my grandsons, I had difficulty finding information about several villages where my ancestors lived; places that I knew from personal experience existed. On your site, I have found them; from Parson's Drove & Terrington St Clement to Welney and Wymondham. It was like fossicking for grains of gold and finding the mother lode! Thoroughly enjoyable. Thankyou. Strange to say, my current local council in Australia is called Wyndham which is, I found, how the village of Wymondham is pronounced.
September 1, 2013 11:31:02 (GMT Time)



Name:Robin Merrall
Email:robin.dataspot{at}talktalk.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Living in Milton Keynes, Born in Rutland
Comments:I have been reasearching my family history for over 10 years now, with my father. Having got back to 1772, I have decided to devote a year of any 'spare time' to filling in some details. A few of my family members (Mary Butt nee Allen-died 24.10.1916 and John Butt-died 24.10.1919) are noted to have died at "Point House, East Dereham U.D". It was originally believed that this was the Workhouse at Gressenhall, however other family members advise it was not, but they did not know where Point House used to be. I believe that it does not exist as a building anymore but could you enlighten me as to where it actually was on the map. If you have any subject matter on Point House or pointers where l could find it, then it would be greatly appreciated. Kindest regards Robin Merrall
August 30, 2013 23:42:04 (GMT Time)



Name:Aleksey Zaitsev
Email:aleksey.zaitsev{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://sng-international.com
Where are
you from:
Leningrad
Comments:Paddy -- Thank you for posting My Soviet Passport. My Mom taught me that poem in English back in school. When I got to the U.S. back in 1990, I happened to recite it at a birthday party of "an older gentleman" who turned out to be Justice Harry Blackmun. It was well enough received as far as I remember, with a number of ladies present foretelling a remarkable future for me in Hollywood. Anyway, just thought it was incredible that other people knew of this stuff and appreciated it as much as I do. Thanks, Aleksey 617-908-8000
August 28, 2013 19:25:49 (GMT Time)



Name:sara
Email:sara-steve{at}ingram45.wanadoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Originally Oakham
Comments:I now own the former Red Hart Inn at Three Holes. Unfortunately the terms of the sale mean we can not reopen it as a pub. I am very interested in any information you may be able to help me put together on the pub/land it stands on and the village of 3 holes which I understand from the various papers published on the internet actually was originally part of upwell in that the upwell town ended just at the bridge near our pub and the area used to be known as Wadyngstowe (or similar) back in the 1200. I have information of landlords back to 1794 with a John Lee but am trying to go back further to establish how the land became private, in that I suspect a link to James Lee who seems to have been quite prominent and was awarded 14 acres of upwell land as a proprietor in respect of the drainage (least that is my understanding from the complicated paper I read which seemed to jump about somewhat and I couldn't find clear references to precisely what was given etc) I suspect perhaps the la
August 21, 2013 15:42:16 (GMT Time)



Name:mike ford
Email:mikejford{at}tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
exeter - now living in Paignton
Comments:Hi Paddy I'm trying to trace the Whitting Family. Particularly joseph Whitting who lived in Kings Lynn. I'm Puzzled by the entry in the 1841 census as he seems to be living in Tower street with a lot of other people, not relatives! Any clues as to why this might be? Kind regards to you Mike
August 10, 2013 06:32:35 (GMT Time)



Name:e downard
Email:eib178{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
london
Comments:Very interested in my family history and all my grandmother's family i can trace back to 1811. I can see names on your site but can't seem to enter them to find out the background. Is this possible? Thank you. You're doing a great job.
July 21, 2013 19:28:03 (GMT Time)



Name:Eileen Blythe
Email:eileen{at}hawkingeallotments.org.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hawkinge Kent UK
Comments:My Vyse/Vice family were living in the village of Scole in the 1650-1730s, before moving to Wenhaston Suffolk. They were leather workers and wheelrights. Would like to know where they came from before 1650. Eileen B.
July 2, 2013 08:49:11 (GMT Time)



Name:Jan Miller
Email:jan.miller7{at}bigpond,com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Australia
Comments:Researching William Bird (1807) finished up as pauper with his wife Lucy (nee Cooper) Agricultural labourer - finished up in Walsingham Union Workhouse, Thurston Road - interested in old photos of the area.
July 1, 2013 05:50:46 (GMT Time)



Name:bernard saar
Email:bernsaar2{at}tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canterbury. Kent
Comments:My family SAAR lived and farmed in Wangford from about 1630 to 1837 I have all their records from the church register at st Denys can you give me any further information please. Kindes regards Bernard Saar
June 25, 2013 09:34:57 (GMT Time)



Name:sandy Proctor
Email:proctorsj{at}bigpnd.com
HomePage:proctorsj@bigpond.com
Where are
you from:
Australia
Comments:I am trying to trace my ancestors from Baldeswell and North Runcton.
May 29, 2013 02:14:44 (GMT Time)



Name:Roger Orme
Email:Rogerorme{at}xalt.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Wickmere
Comments:I am trying to find out the names of the owners/occupiers of Manor House, Wickmere, Norfolk from 1801 - 1901. Can you suggest how I can do this please?
May 12, 2013 21:09:50 (GMT Time)



Name:vici cooper
Email:vicicooper{at}binternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Langham Suffolk
Comments:I wonder if you can locate any old photographs of the railway cottages at Roudham Junction.
May 9, 2013 07:59:36 (GMT Time)



Name:Christine Scott
Email:christinescott077{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Surrey/Norfolk (Currently Barford)
Comments:Great site - regarding Skipping Block corner - also a Skipping block row in Wymondham - I read somewhere that the Skipping block refers to hangings. When the cart was driven away or the block kicked away - the person being hanged would "skip" - probably meaning the jerking from strangulation? Thats one theory anyway!
May 6, 2013 15:41:25 (GMT Time)



Name:iain stevens
Email:iainrstevens{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
romsey Hampshire
Comments:I would appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction in order to find the name of a relative who was owner/tenant of Chapel Farm Smallburgh in 1942 who looked after us during the War
May 2, 2013 15:25:29 (GMT Time)



Name:Mrs.Anthony Ditcham
Email:fiorelli{at}iprimus.com.au
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Blue Haven, NSW Australia.
Comments:The first Ditcham in NSW was a John and his wife Sarah Ann,he maiden name was Mason married in 1831 at St.Michael at Thorpe Norwich, Norfolk Eng. This was destroyed, and I am able to get to 1830 with the Bishops copy. I am unable to find a John Ditcham, allegedly born 1808 in Norwich Norfolk Eng. Instinct tells me he was a Son of Robert named Richard, and for some reason changed his name to John. His father was given as John and Mother was listed as Mary on his Burial Certificate in 1887 which disproves my instinct. known as our John's father who also was known as John was married to Ann Bartram 1807 under the name of Duham. (Again I believe this to be Dicham and mistranslated.) Still, I am unable to get anymore information on the Parents, except her husband john went to war instead of a John Newman, as he was ill and john was not located again, as well as Ann Bartram. I did pick up an Ann Bartram in a work hous, and a letter demanding money from the payment to Soldiers that john'
April 8, 2013 06:41:54 (GMT Time)



Name:Bob Hughes
Email:snooker1986{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Menai Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales.
Comments:Hi Paddy I dont know if you remember me ,I am the welsh coach driver that turned up in woodrising in approx 1996 and led you on the trail of David Hughes. It has taken a while to track down your website as I had lost your details due to my fathers death in 2004. Hope you are well and who knows we may meet again in the future. Kind Regards. Bob Hughes
April 4, 2013 11:00:33 (GMT Time)



Name:Derek Dye
Email:derknmart.dydro{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Castleford West Yorkshire
Comments:I was directed to your site after researching my ancestors who came from Pentney. I have looked through the baptisms,marriages and deaths sections and have come to the conclusion tht DYE must be the Norfolk term for rabbits because it appears we bred like them. Looking forward to navigating through your site in the near future. It appears the bulk of my "tribe" left the area probably seeking work in the coalmines of Yorkshire. I myself probably being the last in 5 generations that once worked in that industry.
March 11, 2013 21:19:09 (GMT Time)



Name:Derek Dye
Email:derknmart.dydro{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Castleford West Yorkshire
Comments:I was directed to your site after researching my ancestors who came from Pentney. I have looked through the baptisms,marriages and deaths sections and have come to the conclusion tht DYE must be the Norfolk term for rabbits because it appears we bred like them. Looking forward to navigating through your site in the near future. It appears the bulk of my "tribe" left the area probably seeking work in the coalmines of Yorkshire. I myself probably being the last in 5 generations that once worked in that industry.
March 11, 2013 21:18:43 (GMT Time)



Name:jeffrey forkes
Email:jeff{at}fishingessex.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
old brook farm essex
Comments:hi paddy doing a great job i need help in tracing my ancestry .looking for a geneolagist becuse i have trouble speling and PC i will pay of course.do you know any one in norwich. forkes came from attlebourgh,wymondon,shipdon i would like to see if the Albert forkes on the 1st war mamorial is related (wymondon) My son has moved back to norwich and is asking me about family history in 1888 my grandmar was 3 years born at white horse sreet wayland,attleborough grt gran then moved to watton rd blacksmith shop&house shipdham.
January 31, 2013 15:15:33 (GMT Time)



Name:Pauline Betts
Email:Paulinebgood{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Plymouth Ma USA
Comments:Hello Paddy, Do you have any info on Robert Mills my Grt Grandfather who was a farm Bailiff for Thomas Mann esq Thevelton Hall I noticed him listed. On the 1911 census his address is listed as Grange Farm. Is there any history of this farm available. Would be very grateful if you have any info. I grew up in Suffolk but my Mother grew up in the Diss area her maiden name was List. Thank you in advance Pauline Betts
January 25, 2013 17:15:57 (GMT Time)



Name:Sarah Bristow
Email:Sarah{at}bristow-clan.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ingoldisthorpe
Comments:Hi I am researching my family tree my mum's maiden name was Isbill her father was Reginald, his mother Anna and her mother and father Francis and Hannah. Anna came to King's lynn with six children my grandfather the eldest. He was working at Hobbies when he moved with the family. Looking for any information cannot find anything in Yaxham cemetery but possibly too poor. Regards Sarah
January 11, 2013 11:59:50 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane Foster
Email:geniegirl1010{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Western Australia
Comments:Would you be interested in adding to the list of Norfolk Gamekeepers? I have several within my ancestry, surname: CULLING. I could send you an excel file if this would suit you? sincerely, Diane Foster (maiden name CULLING)
December 13, 2012 02:50:48 (GMT Time)



Name:Patricia Scholefield
Email:pat{at}associatedlifts.co.nz
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
New Zealand
Comments:Hi Paddy, Can you help me? I am looking for information on Robert Self, born 1789 or maybe 1783. He came from Shelfanger. Was a blacksmith. Fought in Battle of Waterloo and we think went to South Africa on the Amphitrite as an 1820 Settler. His name could be spelt Selfe. His middle name may be Coble. Fathers name - John Self Mother Elizabeth. I am just starting to trace my family and find it so exciting, I hope you can help me or steer me in the right direction. Many Thanks, Pat
December 10, 2012 04:54:32 (GMT Time)



Name:Jean Carpenter
Email:jean.and.tony{at}me.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Winslow, Bucks
Comments:I have been researching my G G G Grandmother Charlotte Watson daughter of James Watson son of gamekeeper James Watson of Merton. Charlotte went to London and married Daniel Phillips. My maiden name was Phillips.
December 3, 2012 17:35:34 (GMT Time)



Name:Sharon Tuck Henry
Email:sharontuckhenry{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Midland, Ontario CANADA
Comments:Mahershallalashbaz Tuck was my relative. Charles Dick Tuck, born in Norfolk in 1899 was my paternal grandfather; his parents owned The Cherry Tree Inn. Hoping to find John Tuck, Rachel Tuck and Sarah Tuck who are my cousins, George & Trixie Tuck's children. Or other family in England
November 26, 2012 04:30:17 (GMT Time)



Name:jackie whinn
Email:jmwhinn{at}blueyonder
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
newcastle upon tyne
Comments:Hi Paddy, can you help me,I'm researching my family tree and have found my gr.gr.grandmother on the 1841 census. Her name was Mahala Fenton [Finson) and she lived in Church End, Hunstanton. Mahala is a native American name from the Shawnee tribe but I can not trace her parents. I believe Mahala was born in Hunstanton. I should be grateful for any help you can give me. many thanks, Jackie
November 20, 2012 20:53:13 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Jackie,

As your person occurs only in the 1841 census (presuming you have also checked later censuses) your next possible source of information would be in the Baptismal entries of the local parish register, which is available in the Norfolk Archive Centre, and you could searchsearch for either surname or first name in the transcription at FreeCen.

Regards and good hunting,
Paddy

November 21, 2012 at 14.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Rebecca Moritz
Email:rebecca.moritz{at}talk21.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Gibraltar
Comments:Hi Paddy, Just stummbled across you while I was researching my Grandmother Martha Wiseman. The Wiseman's originated in Norfolk and ended up in East London selling Oysters in the 19th century. Norfolk is a place that I've never been to, it looks stunning! All the best Becky.
November 20, 2012 11:19:10 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Rebecca,

Thank you for relating your success and your interest in Norfolk.

Yours is probably the first message I have had from Gibraltar - the birthplace of my late wife Margery (1924-2007), whose father was a warrant officer in the Royal Horse Artillery serving for some years in Gibraltar. We spent a week in Gibraltar to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary in 1994, and I was fascinated with the place.
Regards,
Paddy

November 21, 2012 at 14.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Brian Perry
Email:Perry41bk{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
I live in Leicestershire
Comments:I am interested in my family the Perry's Earliest Known John married Ann Secker a local girl in Little Fransham
November 19, 2012 19:39:26 (GMT Time)



Name:Tony Brooks (Bond)
Email:tony657{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
new ash green. nr Dartford, Kent.
Comments:Hi Your information on your web site has been of help to me. I have been looking up my ancestors Bond family so far 1813 john bond bricklayer from gissing. their is a twist as our name as changed to brooks? 1930s and the rest of the family moved to canada keeping the name bond. I have a feeling that my family may of been builders to gissing hall One of them become a scholar possibly help by one of the Kemp family. could you tell me how would i find out more and the connection to gissing hall look forward to your reply Tony Brooks.
October 19, 2012 09:42:23 (GMT Time)



Name:brian williams
Email:coralblack{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
london
Comments:im trying to locate my great grandmother who i know as annie bethell all iv got is that she lived as a child in barton bendish norfolk but can not go any further iv found a young girl sarah a bethell living with her gran parents james adderson amd sarah on trying to find annie iv came up with a name grizel does any one have any ideas thank you brian
October 3, 2012 16:54:21 (GMT Time)



Name:Gina Langford
Email:gina{at}spamcop.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kent
Comments:Thank you for your index of surnames for Southburgh in 1891. My main family name in Norfolk(Ashby) did not feature, but one or two others did. Most welcome. Gina
September 16, 2012 09:56:41 (GMT Time)



Name:Louise Pipher
Email:teaqueen123{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
California, USA
Comments:Hi...I'm researching the cottage industry of making miniature dollhouse furniture that Isabel Caroline nee Elwes Birkbeck started before/after WWI to help employ veterans and local residents. If you can help me in any way I'd love to hear from you. She lived on the 1,000 acre High House and was marreid to Henry Birckbeck. Would love to know more about Westacre Village daily life in the 1920's. Thanks...Louise Pipher
September 14, 2012 20:14:12 (GMT Time)



Name:Michael Steward
Email:mjsteward{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Nottinghamshire
Comments:Hi Paddy. I am trying to research my family tree and have come across a bit of dead end and was hoping you may be able to help me. I am trying to find out who the parents were of William Steward (born 1775) and lived in South Repps and worked as a farm labourer. I would be most grateful for any help/info you can provide. Thanks, Michael.
September 9, 2012 16:25:20 (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Linsell
Email:linsellp{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Heacham Norfolk
Comments:Hi there How can I find out who has previously resided in my property. I live at Folgate Farm 22/24 Folgate Road Heacham PE31 7BE. The building dates back to the 1700's and I'd like to find out some history relating the property/ occupiers. A ny advice would be greatly received. Many thanks Paul
August 26, 2012 20:14:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Anthony Clover
Email:adclover{at}adclover.force9.co.uk
HomePage:n.a.
Where are
you from:
Shrewsbury
Comments:Yours is a most useful website, full of interest.
August 20, 2012 00:14:15 (GMT Time)



Name:Gloria Tehan
Email:gloriablightehan{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
brisbane australia
Comments:Excellent, it has been most helpful in my Ensor family research. It appears that Rollesby Hall was unoccupied from c1880.
August 13, 2012 00:18:15 (GMT Time)



Name:Martin foulner
Email:foulnermartin{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kilsyth
Comments:paddy I have 3 letters by an E Elwin booton rectory. I am certain they are by a son of whitwell Elwin the famous writer and friend of Darwin, Dickens,Scott & Thackery. Can you help identify him? My mobile is 07846596109 or above email address
August 8, 2012 19:46:48 (GMT Time)



Name:barbara gill
Email:deacane{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
brentford
Comments:Could you tell me where the original school was in Aldeby? thanks
August 8, 2012 18:59:08 (GMT Time)



Name:barbara gill
Email:deacane{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
brentford middlesex
Comments:I am the greatgranddaughter of Robert Beare who was a victualer at the Old Dun Cow and was also a butcher on a farm on Common Lane. Aldeby
August 8, 2012 18:55:38 (GMT Time)



Name:Tina J. Taylor
Email:tinaofgabriola{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments: 'Allo Paddy! You have been in our thoughts lately n so I figured I should stop by n see how you are doing. =:] My daughter n I just returned back to BC from having spent three weeks in Alberta visiting with old friends and family. I was just visiting the facebook group my brother set up for our Grama, Bessie, your cousin..Reminded me of you n I wondered if you were still plugging away at your website here and it says you are. I think that's great. Looks as though you may be having a little vacation the last coupla weeks tho, eh. I hope you are enjoying yourself where ever it is you are and what ever it is that you're up to. Do take good care, Paddy. Bye for now, Tina~
July 30, 2012 01:32:37 (GMT Time)



Name:Malcolm Meeson
Email:stickerman2{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://www.yorkshire-traveller.co.uk
Where are
you from:
Leeds West-Yorkshire U.K.
Comments:One of my Grandparents on my mothers side William Baker Born Barnham 1804. I am trying to find the name of his father and mother (without success) Can you help?
July 26, 2012 22:35:10 (GMT Time)



Name:Jamie Rye
Email:jamie.rye{at}btopenworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hackney London
Comments:Good afternoon!
July 25, 2012 14:54:22 (GMT Time)



Name:margaret clark
Email:hantscorblimeyracing{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
hampshire
Comments:I have found out a bit more about my grandad james william green he was a porter at east dereham station according to the 1911 census and he boarded with his sister and husband by the name of youngman . i was hoping to find out more about his sister and if she had any children
July 12, 2012 10:39:46 (GMT Time)



Name:Heide Smith
Email:info{at}theblackswandunham.co.uk
HomePage:http://facebook.com/TheBlackSwanLittleDunham
Where are
you from:
The Black swan, Little Dunham
Comments:Hello Paddy, I was wondering if you could possibly help me, I am looking for any information available about The Black swan, Little Dunham. Previous Landlord and Landlady's, any news of happenings and pictures that may be in archives of Little Dunham. I have a few already on my facebook page but I would love to find out more. I have already done a potted history of Dunham Lodge on my Black Swan webiste. theblackswandunham.co.uk/little-dunham-a-potted-history. I hope you can help Many thanks Kind regards Heide Smith
July 10, 2012 19:20:26 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Heidi,

If you turn to my village directory page for Little Dunham and click on the Swan you will find it is a link to a complete listing of the licensees of the Swan provided by norfolkpubs.co.uk.

Regards,
Paddy

17th July at 11.10 hrs. (BST Time)






Name:margaret clark
Email:hantscorblimeyracing{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
hampshire
Comments:trying to trace my fahers relations in Norfolk surname of Green have found my grandad james william born in 1888 and my great grandfather james born in 1859 in Great Ryburgh but not any of their siblings
July 7, 2012 10:36:37 (GMT Time)



Name:Sylvia King
Email:kingsatramsey{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ramsey, Cambridgeshire
Comments:Tracing Murrell families of Hingham and Hardingham, visited GRO but dilemma. Martha Murrell b.1803 Hingham to father Richard Murrell (Parish Clerk in Hardingham for 37 years) and mother Mary (Hambleton). Martha was bp 1809 but according to Hingham baptism records Martha had 3 children Robert in 1815 (she would be 12), Henrietta in 1817 (she would be 14) and Susan in 1822 and recorded as a Spinster. However I have traced a Martha Murrell b. 1803 who married a William Watts Bussey in 1830 and they had 5 children. She later became a Nurse and died in 1881 in Norwich. I cannot find out if this is the same Martha. Do you know how I can trace this? Thanks.
June 30, 2012 21:24:19 (GMT Time)



Name:Robert Frankling
Email:rfrankling{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Comments:My ancestor Samuel Frankling came from Thornage, a member of a line of millers and bakers in Stiffkey, Binham, Blakeney and Barney. The family seems to have migrated up the River Bure from Buxton. Boys were usually called Felix, James and Samuel. Girls were often Sarah, or Lucy after Lucy Strutt who married James Frankling at Thornage in 1786. That James appears to have been born in Buxton. My grandfather and two brothers came to Manitoba and Saskatchewan around 1905. I had a fairly complete Frankling family tree at one time, but my brother lost it during a move. I note, Paddy, that our family names have the same very old suffix so common in East Anglia.
June 28, 2012 20:27:53 (GMT Time)



Name:Wm. Groom
Email:jmstnguy{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Tennessee, USA
Comments:
June 19, 2012 05:11:05 (GMT Time)



Name:John Turner
Email:
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Belgium
Comments:1891 Census, My great great grandfather Robert Turner was publican of the Bull Inn at Thurgarton. You have not listed him on the Thurgarton page!
June 16, 2012 21:08:27 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo John,

Your great-great-grandfather's name does not appear on my Thurgarton page, which is taken from the 1883 directory and so dates from before he took over at the Bull Inn.

However the link on the Bull Inn would take you to a page of the Norfolk pubs index listing all the publicans with their dates - showing that in 1883 the publican at the Bull Inn was Robert Peart (listed on my page), and that Robert Turner was publican there from 10 Nov 1890 and was followed by Eliza Turner on 21 July 1893.

Again you would have to search elsewhere to find if Eliza was daughter, or perhaps daughter-in-law, of Robert.

Regards,
Paddy

June 18, 2011 at 9.50 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Lisa Webber
Email:lisamwebber{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Whitby, Wellington, NZ
Comments:Delighted to see your photo, Paddy. I still dabble in genealogy, following my Phillippo and Walpole ancestors.. I have long given up on NFHS and go my own way.. love the research side of things! Lisa Webber.
June 9, 2012 07:07:54 (GMT Time)



Name:Robin King
Email:Robin{at}guyking.freeserve.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Raunds, Northamptonshire
Comments:Edward Dunford, my Great Grandfather, married Sarah Oxborough in Ketton, Rutland in 1846. They had a family of 11, one of which was my mother's mother. Sarah Oxborough was born in Mundford, Norfolk in 1826 - hence my visit.
May 30, 2012 21:56:18 (GMT Time)



Name:Terry
Email:
HomePage:http://mynorfolkancestors.net
Where are
you from:
Tunstead, Norfolk
Comments:In reply to Graham's comment 15th May: Graham, by far the best central resource for research would be the Norfolk Archive Centre. In addition to both original and microfilmed parish registers they have a good selection of local history books (reference only - not for borrowing). I would suggest checking their website (archives.norfolk.gov.uk) in the first instance.
May 21, 2012 08:15:35 (GMT Time)



Name:Valerie Gell
Email:valerie.gell{at}googlemail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
March cambridgeshire
Comments:My grandad was abutler at Didlington Hall, his name was John Napthan. So I realy enjoyed going through all the information, and the photo`s. thankyou.
May 17, 2012 13:07:04 (GMT Time)



Name:Graham Clark
Email:grayclark3{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Manchester
Comments:Good morning, I wish to visit Swaffham later this year to research my surname tree as I have traced it back to this place to c1797, could you tell me if there are any local history resources, libraries etc which could help when I visit? many thanks; Graham Clark
May 15, 2012 11:16:19 (GMT Time)



Name:jeff abbott
Email:jeff{at}theabbotts24.wanadoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
essex
Comments:dear sir/madam, in the early 1970s i bought a victorian photo album from a jumble sale in norwich. Subsequent research informed me that it was a family album of the rev W.H.Christmas (b. 1825) and his family. I would like to give this to someone for whom it would be of interest and wonder whether you might know of such a person. regards Jeff Abbott
May 14, 2012 10:18:48 (GMT Time)



Name:brendawaters
Email:brendawaters{at}fsmail.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
gorleston great yarmouth norfolk
Comments:looking to get a map of robert cattee smallborough norfolk 1800s he is dressed in edwardian clothes where would i get it do you know he was lord of the manor. Thanyou brenda
May 7, 2012 16:02:05 (GMT Time)



Name:Patti Wagner
Email:wayne_wagner{at}mail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Tasmania, Australia
Comments:Am looking for any information on William James born about 1818 born Shimpling Norfolk and lived Croxton and sailed to Tasmania about 1855.
April 19, 2012 00:42:01 (GMT Time)



Name:Val Yuill
Email:vjyuill{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hartlepool Co Durham
Comments:Amzed to look you up and see some Parish info from Shereford and to note that Samuel Betts as Parish Clerk.If he was born 1842 and therefore would have been 42 then he was my great grandfather's brother. My gg born Shereford 1849 and the family lived at no 6 Cottage, Shereford. How fantastic to just look you up and see a great great uncle - made my day
April 18, 2012 11:00:03 (GMT Time)



Name:Valerie Yuill
Email:vjyuill{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hartlepool Co Durham
Comments:Was fascinated to read extract from your parish records for Shereford and see that Samuel Betts was Parish Clerk. If he was born 1942 then he is the brother of my great gbrandfather Benjamin Betts (born 1849 in Shereford). The family lived at no 6 Cottage, Shereford. Just had to let you know - I was so amazed to see an ancestor of mine when I'd only just looked you up.
April 18, 2012 10:56:28 (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Beckett
Email:becks262{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Wolverhampton, West Mids.
Comments:Hi Paddy. Just returned home after visiting St Michaels and All Angels Church, Ingoldisthorpe. Reason for our visit was to see my Great grandfathers grave, as well as my Great X 3 grandfathers grave, the Reverend William Thomas Beckett. The background information your site has provided has helped my historical research into my forefathers a lot more "real". We have some pictures of the old Manor House and the Rectory in Ingoldisthorpe and also an original letter signed by the Reverend regarding the sale of some land in the village. My father has a lot more original pictures and documents from that era. Your site helps to bring them to life. Keep up the great work, Love light and peace, Paul Beckett
March 17, 2012 21:01:39 (GMT Time)



Name:George Leigh-Manuell
Email:GLM29{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Long Island, NY and Daytona Beach, Fl USA
Comments:My Mom's father was harbourmaster of Hayle in or around 1940, Can you tell me if you have a record? George Roberts Boulden Thank you
March 13, 2012 18:13:28 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo George.

Hayle is a small town in north Cornwall, some 350 miles from my abode, so I have little information. However the town has a web-site with many links, one or other of which may be able to help you. Try Hayle town.
Regards,
Paddy

March 14, 2012 at 11.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Dennis E. Nelson
Email:prof.d.nelson{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
Comments:Hi Paddy, I've just started on my genealogy quest. I have some history on the following families if it will help others. NELSON (Great Ryburgh) TUBBY (Poringland) GOOCH (Swaffham) CATHCART (Hempton,Fakenham) Love your web-site Den
February 23, 2012 15:36:15 (GMT Time)



Name:Dennis E. Nelson
Email:prof.d.nelson{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland
Comments:Hi Paddy, just passing through. some of my descendants came from Bintry. viz. Ann Newman, who married John Nelson in March 1768. cheers, Dennis
February 23, 2012 14:49:32 (GMT Time)



Name:keith patterson
Email:kpatterson42{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
reedham norfolk
Comments:just looking
February 10, 2012 19:55:15 (GMT Time)



Name:Angela Beasley
Email:ang.beasley64{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
USA/ currently risiding in Beckett End/ Foulden UK
Comments:I just recently moved here from the USA and since we live very close to Foulden Hall,I thought I would do some research on the property. Imagine my surprise when I found out about the connection to the AMAZING Didlington Hall. I am heart broken that this propery was torn down!! I have viewed all the photos you have posted and it seemed magnificent! We can see the church(I believe it is still standing)out our master bedroom window. I read that the current owners are trying to rebuild some of it. Is this true? I am etremely interested in any additional information you can provide. Thank you!
February 9, 2012 13:43:04 (GMT Time)



Name:Jim Burton
Email:jburton3881{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Vancouver, British Columbia
Comments:My family is from Langham, Norfolk and surrounding area. Working on our family tree.
February 4, 2012 22:07:46 (GMT Time)



Name:Mike Collins
Email:Mike.s.collins{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Grimsby
Comments:I am looking into my family tree and have just come across this web page. The family I am tracing are Samuel Bailey from Kings Lynn and his wife Mar Ann Smith Butcher of the same area. I will be returning to this web site when I have more time to absorb all the information. thank you gathering the information Paddy
January 30, 2012 19:10:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Roger Duckett
Email:r.j.duckett{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
washington
Comments:My grandmother was born in Garboldisham in 1880. Her nam was Amelia Kidd and from the census returns appears that her family lived at 15 Ling (or The Ling). Can you tell me please if this property is still in existance
January 27, 2012 15:15:33 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Roger,

I do not have the necessary intimate knowledge of Garboldisham to give you a direct answer, but if you now look at my Garboldisham village pages, you wil find a link to a list of organisations in Garboldisham, one or other of whom should be able to help.
Regards,
Paddy

January 28, 2011 at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Frank
Email:franciswoods{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ipswich,Suffolk
Comments:Hallo Paddy, last time I wrote to you, you were not enjoying the best of health. This is just to wish you the very best of health & good fortune for yourself & those you love, thank you for the help you, Geoff Lowe & all the other transcribers give freely & willingly, long may you live, my kindest regards, Frank
January 17, 2012 17:00:10 (GMT Time)



Name:Ann Humphreys
Email:daddyratbag{at}tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://tiscali
Where are
you from:
incomer from Sussex Now lived in Holme Hale 10 years
Comments:Just wanted to congratulae you on a wonderful web site ! ! !
January 13, 2012 21:50:17 (GMT Time)



Name:Margaret Brooker
Email:keithandmargaret.brooker{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
East Yorkshire
Comments:Good evening. We are shortly to complete our purchase of a small cottage in Aylsham, and are trying to do some research into its history. (It is currently called Garth Cottage, Cromer Road, Aylsham.) And lo! I discovered your good self. Are you able to point us in the right direction, please?
January 8, 2012 19:37:08 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Margaret,

Sunday was a particular busy day for my web-site. with 341 unique visitors and over 900 page visits - and your guestbook message....

Searching out the history of a dwelling will likely turn out to be an absorbing (and possibly exhausting) pastime as there is no easy access and information may come from parish records, census, maps and even newspapers. Your first port of call should, without doubt, be the Norfolk Record Office at the Archive Centre, adjacent to County Hall. (There are also many relevant documents available on microfilm or microfiche at the Heritage section - on the top floor - of the main Norwich library at the Forum), The record office has a most instructive information leaflet entitled "Tracing Your House", obtainable free from the Heritage Centre or downloaded from their web-site. a good read of which will give you a head start.

Regards and good hunting,
Paddy

10th January, 2012 at 11.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Hugh Greenhill
Email:hugreenh{at}activ8.net.au
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
South Australia
Comments:Hello, Please could you be able direct me into looking for Johnson decentants that may lived in the Tenningto St John area in the late 1890's. My great Aunt Mary Exall Greenhill married Fredrick I Johnson in Sept 1897. At the 1901 cenus they where living in Southend-on-sea Essex and cannot find any trace off them. My Grand Father mention that he spent time on the farm in the school holidays and also said the farm size of 1200 acres (that a large farm for that area !)and the main enterprise was pigs and potatos. Fredrick Ingram Johnson born 1867. Thank you if can help me in anyway. Hugh.
January 8, 2012 12:09:11 (GMT Time)



Name:Val East
Email:east124leeds{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Leeds, Yorkshire
Comments:I was wondering if you could help me find someone who could tell me about the fishing boats off Mundesly in 18oo's. My Gt Gt grandfather Samuel Warnes gave his occupation as Fisherman in the 1861 and 1871 census for Mundesley. I really wondered who owned the boat and how many crew were on it. I did visit Mundesley but the Maritime museum was closed due to lack of Volunteers and the Sherringham museum have not replied to my query. I hope you don't mind me asking, thanks, Val
January 3, 2012 20:01:53 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Val,
Living some 40 miles from the sea I only know of Mundesley as a tourist, so cannot help directly. However, if you go to my village page on Mundesley you will find a link to the local Parish Council, with an e-mail link to their webmaster, and to the Mundesley Maritime Museum, and it might be a good idea to address your question there, as they may know someone with the appropriate local knowledge.

Kind regards and good hunting,
Paddy

5th January, 2012 at 08.40 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Brian Halls
Email:brian{at}sudocard.co.uk
HomePage:http:// www.sudocard.co.uk
Where are
you from:
Cambridgeshire
Comments:Dear Paddy, I have just looked at the record of John Vincents marriage to Susannah Fosset 12101790 at Tivetshall St Mary Norfolk. I am a descendent of that bloodline- James Vincent b 1883 my grandfather m Minnie Want b 1883 James Walter Vincent appeared in the 1901 censusus living with the family at 112 Crystal Palace Road. Camberwell
December 27, 2011 16:46:53 (GMT Time)



Name:Stephen Englebright
Email:steveenglebright{at}comcast.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
West Virginia, United States
Comments:Was searching for information on the Englebright Family and stumbled upon your site and the Brisley UK information. Saw where Englebrights were associated in some manner with a Tavern called 'The Bell' in Brisely. Just wanted to say hello!
December 18, 2011 03:17:15 (GMT Time)



Name:Pete s. s.
Email:Petstan57{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
West Yorkshire
Comments:Hello Paddy. I didnt realise how small Thorpe Abbots was when i looked on a map ! Some of my descendants lived there. Their surname was Elsey. My 2,3 and 4 great grandparents were born either in Thorpe Abbots or around the area. My gt grandfather, his siblings and their parents moved to County Durham before 1867. One of my gt-gt-gt uncles had an unusual name, he was caled Lemon Elsey ! Have you heard the name Elsey ? Do you know if any Elsey" still live in the area ? Many thanks for your interesting site. Pete.
November 20, 2011 18:29:06 (GMT Time)



Name:Derek Curtis
Email:derek.a.curtis{at}btconnect.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
East Dulwich, London, UK
Comments:Hi Paddy, A really fascinating site, a joy to peruse. My line descends from the Woolbrights of Pockthorpe. I have managed to get back to Matthew Woolbright b:1680. Any information you might have to hand on this family would be most gratefully received. Thanks so much Derek Curtis
November 17, 2011 16:54:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Travis Apling
Email:travisapling{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Iceland
Comments:
November 13, 2011 00:54:31 (GMT Time)



Name:Jacalyn
Email:Eggett
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Scunthorpe
Comments:Hi paddy - i hope you can help me, i'm trying to trace my ancestors named eggett who resided in norfolk. I wonder if you have any information on them OR indeed have any advice as to where i could possibly find any photos as this is my ultamate aim. Any information you could provide or advice you could give would be very much appreciated. Kind Regards Jacalyn Eggett
November 9, 2011 23:07:17 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Jacalyn,
A search for the name EGGET and its various spellings on the Census area of my site will give you some idea of the distribution of the family in Norfolk - but, honestly, you must start from all the information you can gather from your living relatives and the birth, marriage and death documentation of the immediately previous generation.
The leaflet on Tracing your Family Tree produced by the Norfolk Archive Centre gives good introductory advice on how to start, and you should give this a good read and follow its advice.

Regards and good hunting,
Paddy

12th November, 2011 at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Eileen Tuton
Email:eileentuton{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kettering
Comments:
November 1, 2011 20:22:23 (GMT Time)



Name:Vivienne Harper nee Pearson
Email:malviv2009{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ipswich Queensland Australia
Comments:Recently visited Wymondham in search of the Pearson family, some born in Wymondham others in Ashwellthorpe. Would love access to census ......
November 1, 2011 04:44:39 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Vivienne,
Census details from 1841 to 1911 are available for consultation on microfiche at the Norfolk Archive Centre and at the main County Library in the Forum, Norwich. Otherwise you can obtain access to them through such commecial sites as ancestry.co.uk.

Regards,
Paddy

8th November, 2011 at 17.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:pauline
Email:paulinelowe641{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
shropshire
Comments:Help for Little Ringstead where will I find St Peters & St Andrews churchs for baptisms. from 1700's regards Pauline
October 23, 2011 13:08:29 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Pauline,
If you go to my village page for Great Ringstead you will links to information about both churches. Their parish registers (baptisms, mariages and burials) are available on microfiche at the Norfolk Archives Centre and can probably be made available for consultation at your nearest LDS (Mormon) centre.

Regards,
Paddy

9th November, 2011 at 17.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Mary Moyses
Email:mary.moyses{at}talktalk.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Originally London, now kent
Comments:My Gt Gt Grandfather William Stackwood was a Shoemaker / Shopkeeper in Carbrooke, he married a Hannah ? at some point in the 1830's can you find any infomation regarding this ? He was born in Carbrooke in 1808 and Hannah in Shipdham in 1810 (info from the 1841 census ) I have been unable to trace any further back, can you help please ?
October 7, 2011 12:57:13 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Mary,

I find I have a number of STACKWOODs in my data base (which is based around Cranworth, Woodrising and Southburgh), but not your William, so cannot directly help. Parish Registers for before 1837 are generally available on microfiche at the Norfolk Records Office and the central library at the Forum, Norwich. Some have been transcribed onto the web (but not Carbrooke or Shipdham so far as I am aware) so it looks as though your way forward must probably involve a trip to Norwich.

Regards,
Paddy

9th October, 2011 at 08.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Derek Dye
Email:derknmart.dydro{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Castleford West yorkshire
Comments:researching my Family tree and Norfolk seems to be my ancestral county.
September 25, 2011 15:12:30 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane
Email:padz356{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Barton Mills
Comments:Hello there, my name is Diane and I am trying to find out more about Gressenhall House, by which I mean the old manor house that was pulled down and not the old workhouse. Could you help please? many thanks Diane
September 19, 2011 19:24:00 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Diane,

I only have directory information about Gressenhall House, which according to the Norfolk Heritage Explorer page on Gressenhall (link on my Gressenhall page) was demolished in 1948.

The 1872 Kelly's records: "Gressenhall House, the property of the Hill family and now the residence of John Reginald Hargreaves esq. is a large mansion of brick and has attached a well-wooded park and preserves, containing in all about 85 acres."

The 1904 Kelly's records that "Gressenhall House, the property and residence if Sir George Ralph Leigh Hare bart. D.L., J.P. is a large mansion of brick, and has attached a well-wooded park and preserves, containing in all about 85 acres." (Similar to the entry in the 1896 Kelly's).

However, the 1937 Kelly's makes no reference to Gressenhall House, which suggest to me that the Hall was already uninhabited and at least partially derelict by this date.

Regards,
Paddy

September 20, 2011 at 13.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:lee
Email:leedon123{at}tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
lancashire
Comments:I am researching the Lee ancestors from Sidestrand and other surrounding places
September 19, 2011 14:55:10 (GMT Time)



Name:kathy peterson
Email:kathy-peterson{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Washington state USA
Comments:Hi Paddy. I found your site and looked around while tracking my Ingham,Norfolk roots of James Clements(his sone Edward Clements is my grt.grandfather).As I've pursued Norfolk History..what a wonderful place.I found your site very interesting! Thanks for putting it here! Regards, Kathy.
September 15, 2011 03:59:57 (GMT Time)



Name:keryl Holt
Email:keryl.holt{at}live.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Shropshire.
Comments:Reginald Basil Astley was later the estate manager of Acton Reynald Hall, after the death of Sir Walter O Corbet 4th bart. He married the latters wife in 1914. Lady Caroline Corbet, Nee'Stewart. Walter died in 1910. He was known as a womaniser with a couple of scandals under his belt!
September 11, 2011 17:47:17 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane O'Neill
Email:dicon1{at}live.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Comments:Hi Paddy. was searching around Norfolk and found your very interesting site. Lots of interesting things to see and read. Good for you. I am looking for James Vout and his wife Mary and their daughter Rebecca who was christened along with her siblings in Aylsham from what I have found. Can't find the mother (MARY'S) maiden name. Rebecca was my gr gr grandmother and she came to Canada late 1830's and married Jonas Thurston who came from Bunwell Parish. They had a big family over here. I do believe there was an Elizabeth Walpole SMith married to Jonas's grandfather or something like that. This genealogy thing is really something. I enjoy your sight. Diane from Canada
September 7, 2011 21:47:00 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Diane,

My ! Your family are old residents of Canada ! Mine only emigrated to Alberta for (farming land grants) in 1895, and my late wife's sisters and families, to Northern Ontario (Sudbury and Engelhart) after 1949 - so yours is another welcome message from across the waters...

If your forbears emigrated in the 1830s they, no doubt, married before 1837, the commencement date for national registration of births, mariages and deaths, so the marriage registration will be in some Parish Register - most likely in either Aylsham or Bunwell - though since Bunwell and Aylsham are considerably more than a simple day's march apart, both parties may well have met and married elsewhere - even Norwich - which makes for a difficult search - though, in general, all Norfolk registers are available at the Norfolk Record Office (Archive Centre) and you may find some help there if ancestry.com or the LDS (Mormons web-site) give no help.

Although both Bunwell and Aylsham are well out of my personal research area (the villages around Woodrising, near Hingham) I should be very interested to hear some of the details (where they lived and their occupations etc.) of your Canadian (and English) forbears - and to give you any other advice or help you feel like needing.

Meanwhile, regards, and Good Hunting,
Paddy

September 8, 2009 at 08.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Trevor Canham
Email:mail{at}trevorcanham.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Sydney, Australia
Comments:Hello Paddy, Great website! I am trying to trace details of Frances Canham (nee ??)and her husband's family. Born c.1781 lived in Pulham St Mary the Virgin (appears on 1841 census with Thomas Canham), possibly the Innkeeper of Mead's Head public house. Thomas (her son) was publican I believe c.1845-46. They are direct desendants on my grandfather's line - Any help would be greatly appreciated.
September 4, 2011 13:13:52 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Trevor,

It is always a pleasure to receive a message from the other side of the world - and a pleasure to try to help.

Firstly, I presume you have already tried searches of the 1851 and 1861 censuses which are the first possible sources for further information (as the Birth, Marriage and Death records only start in 1837 and the odds are fairly high thst the CANHAMs marriage was before that date).

If the 1851 and 1861 censuses draw a blank, it might be worth your while to do an extensive search through Norfolk Pubs Index to see if Thomas CANHAM is recorded as publican elsewhere after 1846 (undoubtedly a tedious search to do), but, otherwise it might be a sensble guess to wonder if the CANHAMs emigrated. How far back have you researched your Australian ancestry?

There are very likely to be parish records somewhere for the marriage of Frances and Thomas, and for Thomas's baptism. which may be available on the web and so to be found by a search using such commercial sites as ancestry.com or Friends Re-united, while the (somewhat less reliable, but very extensive records available on the LDS (Mormon) site may turn up somehing.

And that's about it, tho' there may be immigrant records available for Australia that I have never searched for. I can think of little else helpful to say, other than:
Regards and Good Hunting,
Paddy

September 5, 2009 at 09.20 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:lidia
Email:lidiavolgina{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Comments:No one is calling for completely “principled” revolution,but the same bodies who help "rebels" were before arming contras and other nice "revolutionaries". If one has nothing against NATO, one could ask it to bomb one's state to win. But to call the result "revolution"?
August 28, 2011 17:52:51 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Lidia

Thanks for your intervention. I repeat below a contribution I have sent today to New Left Project.

It is 6 days since my brief intervention in this debate, during which time I have not been able to expand it, in the hope that the musings of an 86-yr-old, can give some little assistance in this discussion.

First of all I must thank Michael for correcting my grammar - but should now give some summary of my assessment of the situation - and to explain what "principles" I felt Michael was upholding in his interventions. The principal one may be expressed as no co-operation by revolutionaries with the imperialists whatever the situation ....

Binh made a very apt comparison somewhere else of the Arab Spring and the events of the European revolutionary year of 1848, because both revolutionary years involved "bourgeois revolutions" in which the incipient working classes played/are playing a major role.

As in Tunisia and Egypt the Libyan uprising began with demonstrations for "freedom" by well-educated youth, who rapidly found support from the general population, but an immediate violent military repression from the regime and its army. I just cannot understand why there is a reluctance to some here to say the result is revolution.....

Of course the nominal leadership of the anti-Gaddafi forces, at least in diplomatic circles, the (NTC) is dominated by members of the old elite - just as the new regimes in Egypt and Tunisia are dominated by the old elite and the military - but the general activity of the masses is surely clear.

What then about NTC attitude to NATO involvement? This seems to be the main question up for discussion; it seems to be only sensible for the NTC to have welcomed the UN suggestion of a "no fly zone"; but it also seems fairly clear that the NTC is adamantly opposed to involvement by either UN or NATO ground forces, so perhaps they are not so naive as some suggest.

Why are the British and French governments so keen to be involved - and to keep saying they have no intention of using ground forces? On the one hand, both major sections of the Libyan elite and NATO governments seek major power advantages for themselves in ridding Libya of its oppressive and incoherent Gaddafi government.

For the British and French governments it seems that national politics plays a major role - their claim of "humanitarian intervention" has undergone a nosedive in "public opnion" as a result of events in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the banking crisis (with huge bonuses still being sucked up by leading bankers, while social benefits and infrastructure are savagely cut - while they imagine they may get major commercial benefits from a new regime (of course they are not after "regime change" are they ?? !!)

Forecasting the future is not the role of revolutionaries - rather we must remain optimistic that the determination of the masses will lead successively to major improvements in freedom and living conditions.

I see no reason NOT to be optimistic, and have never felt so optimistic and excited about world events since in 1945 one country after another was being liberated from the Nazi yoke - when I had just graduated from Sandhurst (the UK equivalent of West Point) military Academy - where some of the tutors were already making clear to us that the break-up of the Grand Alliance of the 5 Great Powers (then known as the United Nations - with a Treaty of Alliance between UK and USSR) was being planned for ......

OK my optimism then proved to be unfounded and 66 years have passed before another real opportunity for major advances by the masses is on the cards. We MUST do all we can to see successes made - and along the road compromises are so often both necessary and positive provided the dangers are appreciated and prepared for.

Regards,
Paddy

September 2nd at 21.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Christine Jones
Email:c.jones346{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Swanwick, Southampton, Hampshire
Comments:I have been researching the family tree of my grandmother Elsie Easton. I think her mother was Alice Minerva Bennett whose father and mother lived in West Tofts. Henry Bennet is listed as being Estate Carpenter in West Tofts Hall and I have found a record on the Norfolk Public Houses site that a Henry Bennett was Licensee in 1896 and a Mrs. Anna Maria Bennett in 1900 - 1912. I'm not sure if Henry Bennett was Anna husband or son. Henry Bennett, I think, died in Portsea in 1898 so it could have been either. Anna died in Thelford in 1913 aged 72. I know from the census that Anna was my grandmother's grandmother. I am completely hooked and part of me wishes I'd never started as this research is taking over my life. I've read the research on the taking over of the villages in 1942 and found various references of births in the church records but wonder if you have any information about West Tofts Hall? I'd love to visit the area but know visits are limited. With thanks. Christine Jon
August 24, 2011 10:44:31 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Christine,
Right in my home area !! - where I so often cycled in my teens, before the area was taken over by the military. I don't know anything about the Hall - or if there was one. I only remember the pub and the church. I do not have anything to add to your family tree, but I could say, that the area is not COMPLETELY closed - people with family connections will be given permission to visit by the commandant of the Stanford Training Area (STANTA) - by appointment, of course, and there a few organised visits each year for parties of wildlife enthusiasts etc.
Regards,
Paddy
August 28, 2011 at 18.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:pauline lowe
Email:paulinelowe641{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
wellington shropshire
Comments:I am tracing the sands family tree I have a william sands born in little ringstead in 1754 but having trouble finding him . Any idea which is the best parish records or registry office
July 25, 2011 11:41:42 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Pauline,
Regrettably national registry of births, marriages and deaths only began in 1837, by which time your William was over 80 - so for any personal information the most likely source must be parish records. Of course if you search Ringstead Parish Register and find nothing, this MAY (or MAY NOT !!) mean that William moved away somewhere. Thereafter you really can have no obvious route of search; there may be some link you will find in the records of his relatives; there is little more I can do, other than to wish you

Regards, and Good Hunting.
Paddy

July 27, 2010 at 12.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Yvonne Dutton
Email:thedutton2008{at}sky.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Teesside
Comments:My Grandmother's mother was Ann Marie Brighty daughter of Robert John Brighty of Norfolk. The Brighty family are from Melton Magna area. Mother of R J Brighty is Sarah or Rebecca Brighty probably unmarried. I have seen a Sarah Brighty in Swainsthorpe as an inmate and am wondering was this a prison? Can you help. Thank you
July 4, 2011 08:49:49 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Yvonne,
Thanks for your query.
Not a prison - the workhouse for Henstead Union, see my village page for Swainsthorpe.
Regards,
Paddy
July 6, 2009 at 11.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Mary Paterson
Email:themaryp{at}ozemail.com.au
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Sydney Australia
Comments:A very interesting site. Am researching the Page family of Ringland and Cossey and it is interesting to read about these places..Well done.. Regards Mary Sydney
July 3, 2011 05:03:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Peter OAKLEY
Email:cla99po{at}bigpond.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Born 13 April '42 East Dereham
Comments:Son of Jack & Daisy Annie Oakley, Avenue Farm Dereham, assets sold in Sept 30th 1942 moved away to Dry Drayton Nr Cambridge, in '47 to Clevedon Nth Somerset where my parents died Dad in '78 mum in '03. I went to Australia in '72- now retired.
June 13, 2011 17:00 (G
Reply:         

Hallo Peter,

I cannot say that I know Avenue Farm, but it cannot be much more than 10 miles from where I live - and it always nice to have messages from overseas like yours, even though I have nothing to contribute in return.
Regards and Best Wishes,
Paddy

June 17, 2010 at 18.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:A J MILLINGTON
Email:millington904{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
TERRINGTON-ST-CLEMENT.
Comments:Terrific site Paddy,but where do ya get the energy from,,,,
June 15, 2011 05:14:43 (GMT Time)
Reply:         

Hallo A J,

Thanks for your message, to which my only response can possibly be - that it is messages like yours which encourage me to keep developing my web-site and keep going on my historical researches.
Regards,
Paddy

June 17, 2010 at 18.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Elizabeth Browning
Email:uptonrobins{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
England, currently living in United states
Comments:I am interested to find out anything I can about my m.grandmother's family.She, Elizabeth Smith was born and lived on Lynn Rd in Grimston in 1880, the daughter of Alice ne Horsley and Claxton Smith , a wheelwright and grandaughter of Zachariah Smith, a shepherd. I am eager to find out what I can about the family. Can you be of help?
June 14, 2011 15:58:43 (GMT Time)
Reply:         

Hallo Elizabeth,

Many thnanks for your message but I am sorry that I see no obvious way in which I can help, and can only wish you
Regards and Good Hunting,
Paddy

June 18, 2010 at 09.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Christina Dercum
Email:christinakd{at}me.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Colorado USA
Comments:Dear Paddy, My family is related to a branch of the Dereham family that left England for Germany after Francis Dereham was executed in 1541. We are trying to learn more about the Dereham family in Norfolk. Is there anything you can share with us? Sincerely, Christina Dercum
June 17, 2011 17:00 (BST Time)

Reply:         

Hallo Christina,

I have already replies to your direcr e-mail message; so it only remainsfor me to say here that I jabe no information to impart at present, but am intrigued to be introduced to some of the history of a Tudor character of whom I had no heard before, nut who has the surname Dereham - the name of my nearest large townin Cebtral Norfolk - and I hope to find more details of his family and descendants.
Regards,
Paddy

17th June, 2011 at 17.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Dr Chris Asby
Email:chrisdr8937{at}clear.net.nz
HomePage:http://fashionfields.com
Where are
you from:
Oringally UK-Chichester, now Rotorua NZ
Comments:I am seeking information on someone whom I believe was a gardener in the royal household at Sandringham just before the marriage of George 5 and Queen May. It is rumoured that my grandfather who later became a Leiutenant Commander RN (submarines) and had an interesting special service career over many years, was an illegitiemate son of George Vth and was born a few years before Edward VIIIth. He was brought up as an Asby son of a gardener, who married a housemaid at Sandringham and moved to London or another royal estate before he was born. An intersting story if true! My grandfather was spirited away shortly before the abdication of Edward and according to stories from my father, now deceased, he was involved in a secret plot to replace Edward when his brother George was trying to avoid kingship at the direction of his wife, Elizbeth, the queen mother. Grandfather lived quietly in Scotland,from just before Edward's abdication until 1936, returning for active service in
June 11, 2011 09:21:58 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Chris,

An interesting history, which I understand your desire to authenticate, but which I really have no idea to suggest where it might be found. His employment at Sandringham, would surely be deep in the records of that estate - which the National Archives at Kew might be able to tell you if they are available to researchers. National Archives are also the first port of call for information on your grandfather's naval service.

The conspiratorial story is probably completely hidden even if true !!

Regards, and thanks for the story.
Paddy

June 13, 2010 at 18.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Rudolf R Okker
Email:sallyo{at}videotron.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Montreal, Canada
Comments:I am so happy that you have set up this site. I am married to Sally J Cory whose family tree is sourced in Bramerton as far back as 1390. I now have to do the genealogy of the Barwicks, also from Norfolk, as my daughter has married into the Canadian branch of that family. I have the Canadian Barwicks/Berwicks back to Daniel Barwick, born 1767 or so. He married Ann Gunton abt 1789 and had a brood of children in Alderford.We are descended from those children. Unfortunately I cannot get any further back to Daniel's ancestors. If you could suggest someone who could help, I would be very grateful. I have written to Ian Hay but am not sure he is active. His site was last updated in 2007. Rudy Okker.
June 9, 2011 16:00:17 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Rudolph,

It is extremely rare to have an authentic family tree going back as far as that !!

For family information before 1837 one is almost completely reliant on Parish registers, for which in Norfolk there is fortunately an unusually good archive in the Norfolk Records Office - and I presume you have alrady searched the Bramerton register? If they had moved fom another parish then, apart from a trawl through the 900 or so registers, one can only seek help from such information sources as the LDS Mormons) and prbably a first look at such indexes as provided by sommercial sites such as ancestry.com.
Regards,
Paddy

June 13, 2010 at 18.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Jeanette
Email:Jeanette.a.Connolly{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Comments:I am related to the Riches of Pentney
May 31, 2011 12:07:34 (GMT Time)



Name:Pat Gunton
Email:calvin.fulcher
HomePage:http://E. C. (Paddy") Apling, 2000-2010
Where are
you from:
Costessey
Comments:I was interested in trying to find out why my Gt. Grandfather John Fitzpatrick and his siblings lodged at 113 The Street with John & Elizabeth Adcock according to the 1861 census. My father's theory was their father was a traveller in Irish Linen and just dumped his children but I find this hard to believe. Any thoughts would be gratefully received. Thanks
May 27, 2011 10:55:01 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Pat,

This is the sort of question which can only be solved either from your own family resources or from, probably accidental or extensive reading of newspape items and the like - indeed there may well be no such documentary evidence to be found anywhere, and it will just have to remain a family mystery. I have a similar mystery of what happened o my paternal g-grandfather who left his family by emigrating to the USA, apparently leaving no trace.
Regards,
Paddy

June 13, 2010 at 18.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Karen Dennis
Email:canadianhistoryqueen{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments:Researching my Norfolk ancestors! Belham, Jordan, Dagless, Douglass, Webb, Jamieson
May 24, 2011 01:12:20 (GMT Time)



Name:Pam
Email:bearrpam{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Essex
Comments:Looking for my family MUNTON. John Munton born Oxborough married Ann Johnson from Cockley Cley April 1799. Had sons Daniel and John whilst living in Oxborough and working as a gardener.
May 19, 2011 09:00:38 (GMT Time)


Reply:          Hallo Pam,

I regret I am unable to help with detailed information regarding Oxborough.
Regards,
Paddy

23rd May, 2011 at 10.40 hrs. (BST Time)


Name:Pam
Email:bearrpam{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Essex
Comments:Looking for my family MUNTON.
May 19, 2011 08:57:44 (GMT Time)



Name:christine miller
Email:christine_miller2010{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Rotherham, Yorkshire
Comments:researching Mallinder, Miller, Miller = Felthorpe 1891 cenus RG12/1516 4/1, 6/5, 10/13 workhouse. Mallinder = worksop no numbers
May 12, 2011 21:31:10 (GMT Time)


Reply:          Hallo Christine,

I am not in a position to provide details of the 189i census beyong the information carried on my site. Requests for specific information should be addressed to the provider of the indexes, generally, Pat Greetham, fpr whom their is an e-mail link mear the top of the relevant village name index page.
Regards,
Paddy

23rd May, 2011 at 10.40 hrs. (BST Time)


Name:Addilson Torres
Email:addilsontorres{at}gmail.com
HomePage:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Where are
you from:
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil.
Comments:Friend Paddy. I am also an Anglican. I wonder if the Reverend Addison B. Hemsworth, had another career before becoming a priest. What does the acronym: JP, who appears at the end of the last name of the Rev. Addison. I wanted to see a photo of the Rev. Addison. Brother Paddy, I really enjoyed your page. Cono is this beautiful and magnificent All Saints Church in Rockland. Please tell me the meaning of the acronym: J.P. May God pour many blessings on you and your family, and you many years of life. Father Addilson T. (Brazil)
May 11, 2011 14:32:57 (GMT Time)


Reply:          Hallo Rev Addison Torres,

I do not know which page of my web-site you are referring to, but the initials J.P. stand for Justice of the Peace, that is local magistrate (or lay judge).

Regards,
Paddy

11th May, 2011 at 08.40 hrs. (BST Time)


Name:Jane Browne
Email:ja.browne{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
New Forest
Comments:Hi Wondering if their any lists of any Brownes living or past in the village on line or any lists that you know of? I am actually trying to trace info on a Charles Frederick Browne Born Dudley 1867 approx who I believe may have owned a shop in East Dereham 1900 approx and also anything on an Archibald Frederick Browne born 1896 approx, (mitford ) and a brother of Archi called Stanley? Would any one you know have any info like this I can look at on the internet or any Brownes still living there? Many thanks Jane Browne.
April 29, 2011 15:53:58 (GMT Time)



Name:josephine Bryan
Email:pepsi.boo{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Essex
Comments:I have been researching my family history the family names are Sheppard,Shepherd and Russell and all are from norfolk,l am very interested in your site.
April 20, 2011 19:57:32 (GMT Time)



Name:Sharon Bingham
Email:sharon.bingham{at}bigpond.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
South Australia - formerly Norfolk UK
Comments:Caudell Clarke 1799 is my great great great grandfather. I understand he or his father (Caudell klarke 1769- 18300 MAY HAVE BEEN LICENSEES OF THE gREEN dRAGON. Have also found reference to a caudell Clarke of Wymondham being a memeber of the College of Suregonsd?
April 17, 2011 11:13:48 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Sharon,

According to Norfolk Pubs Index, Caudell Clarke was publican at the Green Dragon, Wymondham from 1822-1850. I do not have information about his possible membership of the College of Surgeons, but the Royal College web-site has a searchable listing of Fellows who died after 1844.
Regards,
Paddy

20th April, 2011 at 08.40 hrs. (BST Time)


Name:Michelle Politis
Email:Michelleos69{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Wisconsin, USA but now live in Greece.
Comments:I am trying to research my Great Grandfather, Thomas Trollope or Trollop born about 1821 in Ling Norfolk England. I hit walls everywhere in trying to find his parents. He did marry Elizabeth Dewing (born 1825 Pentney England) in Canada around 1841? Any helpful hints as to where to go from here??? Thank You in advance! Michelle
April 12, 2011 15:30:36 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Michelle,

As your search is for dates before the first published Census (1841) the main source of information has to be Parish Registers, and the first to search is that for Lyng (usual spelling), with Pentney (quite distant from Lyng - which may suggest the family moved around - making for additional difficulty.) Since little Parish Register information is available on the web - although you will find lists of holdings at the Norfolk Record Office on their web-site - you should either seek help from your local LDS (Mormon Family centre), or find a Norfolk searcher prepared to help you, either by goodness of heart or on payment. (perhaps first try sending a message of your interest to the Norfolk list at . Regards, and Good Hunting,
Regards,
Paddy

April 13, 2011 at 08.10 hrs. (BST Time)


Name:Mrs.Joyce Hole
Email:joyce{at}olive66.fsnet.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ashford, Kent.
Comments:Dear Paddy, What a very informative website you have.I am researching my G.G.Grandfather Francis Greeves who was born in Burnham Thorpe 1824, his father Henry Greeves was a Blacksmith and married Mary Howell, they had 10 children all born in Burnham Thorpe.Is there any more you can tell me about them and where Henry would have trained as a blacksmith, and what school their children would attend. I sent off for Henry's death certificate 9th May 1861 All Saints Church and was puzzled to find it was singed by a Mary Hearn,I can't find any connection as Mary Howell died in 1869. A lot of Greeves' lived at Lord Nelson Inn on the 1871 census, this must have been a very large pub! We hope to visit Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk later this year, please can you tell us where to go for the best place to search for more information. Thankyou Paddy for your time and trouble. Joyce.
April 11, 2011 17:59:20 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Joyce,

I have no further informatio for you. But my first thought is, could not Mary Hearn by the maiden name of Mrs Mary Howell ? It might be worth investigating anyway, and suggest you look for the marriage date, anywhay try to find out more about her.

Regards, and good hunting,
Regards,
Paddy

11th April, 2011 at 09.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Jonathan
Email:old_man_jonny{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Downham Market
Comments:In serach for the mysterous Tripskin Hall! Hello Paddy. I'm not sure if you've heard of this before, but busy tracing ancestors, and in the 1881 census the address given is Tripskin Hall, Little Fransham, with a number of families living there. Quite a mystery it turns out, even Swaffham Museum are at a loss. Learnt that 'tripskin' was a term for a piece of tough leather used by spinners, and as Little Fransham was part of the Mitford & Launditch Incorporation, I am thinking that it may have been owned, or run by them as the man in question was on a career change from farm labourer to cobbler after loosing a leg. Have you any ideas about this place, or where I can get further information about the Mitford & Launditch Incorporation (thinking it may be possible to track purchaes?). Thanks in advance. Jonathan. BTW - Hige thanks for all the work you have done so far - so helpful!
April 10, 2011 20:18:18 (GMT Time)
Reply:         

Hallo Jonathan,

Many thanks for your interesting message. Although I live only about 15 miles away from Little Fransham I have never heard of Tripskin Hall, nor of the meaning of the word - which sounds very logical as indicating something to do with leather.

However, you have misunderstood the reference to Little Fransham being in Mitford hundred (and hence in Mitford and Launditch Incorporation). The hundreds (in which you will find all the parishes of Norfolk listed on my villages index page) were the old local government divisions of the county, from Saxon times - well before the Norman Conquest - and in force until the late 20th-century fashion for changing names and boundaries for anything which meant "change" as well as no real change at all !!. In the 19th century, under the New Poor Law, Incorporations or Unions of hundreds were set up to own and control workhouses for "relief of the poor and destitute" - and the the Incorporation of Mitford and Launditch (hundreds) was set up to control the - already, existing (but to a much better than Poor Law standard), workhouse at Gressenhall (now an important agricultural and local museum and model farm). Little Fransham was in Launditch hundred and Mitford & Launditch Union - and I rather doubt it had any other connection with the Union (or Incoorporation"). However....
Regards,
Paddy

1at April, 2011 at 09.00 hrs. (BST Time)


Name:Lily Holsworth
Email:lilyholsworth
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Montara , California (22 miles south of San Francisco, CA ) on the coast, pop. 1300
Comments:To: Mr.Paddy Apling: I Have ancestors in your wonderful Norfolk: Holsworth, Larwood, Parfrey, Spink, Bull, Hall, Mayhew, Bullock; years so far 1736-188l. My bunch of Holsworths, Robert Holsworth & his son John Hall Holsworth left Earsham after 188l with their wives & children. They all ended up in San Francisco CA by 1886, & stayed in the area. I just started this family research in Jan. & enjoy it immensely. My favorite is the 1700s & 1800's. Thank you for having a wonderful web site. Best Regards, Lily Holsworth. P.S. Have been to Norfolk twice with my son (who was 7 & 9 yrs, he is now 25)&7 weeks in 2 visits & loved England!
April 7, 2011 04:48:04 (GMT Time)



Name:John Davis
Email:johndavisresearch{at}o2.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hampton Hill, Middx
Comments:Hi, I am doing some research for a book on the chimney-peice in Georgian Britain and am currently working on the chimney-pieces produced by John Flaxman. An internet search this morning brought up your transcription of the 1910 sale details for Didlington Hall and I just wondered whether, by any chance you had come across any images of the Yellow Drawing Room at Didlington? If it was a Flaxman chimney-piece that would be a new discovery indeed. I do very much hope you might be able to help and am, yours John Davis
March 31, 2011 07:01:17 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo John,

If you look at my pages for the auction of FIXTURES of the Hall in 1950 you will see that Lots 183 and 229, both illustrated photograhically, are for chimney pieces. Both look very fine to me, and if you are able to identify the makers I should be glad to hear from you.

I have no other pictures of the interior of the Hall than those already on my web-site.
Regards,
Paddy

1at April, 2011 at 09.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Howard Richter
Email:h.richter200{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Leicestershire
Comments:Link to Philip Stott http://www.probiotech.fsnet.co.uk/ shows blank!
March 25, 2011 10:07:08 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Howard.

Thanks for telling me about a broken link - though you did not tell me on which of my pages you found it. Where is it?

You will find a page about Philip Stott on Wikipedia, which gives quite a number of links to his various blogs, but none seem to show much current activity.

Regards,
Paddy

25th March, 2011 at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Graham Loton
Email:purple{at}netcom.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norwich
Comments:Looking for info relating to Miss Eliza Harwood, Headmistress of Upton National School in 1887.
March 12, 2011 22:29:06 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Graham,

My only immediate sources of information about residents of Upton are various Directories, and these show that Miss Eliza Harwood was mistress of Upton National School from before 1883 until some time after 1896 and before 1904 (when a master of the school is named).

Census returns for Upton for 1881, 1891 and perhaps 1901 should provide further information; and you will find, on my village page for Upton, a link to a local web-site for Upton, which itself contains an e-mail address.

So, I suggest you ask them if they have any other information about Miss Harwood.

Regards,
Paddy

14th March, 2011, at 08.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Peter Boon
Email:peterboon{at}ecosse.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Oxfordshire
Comments:I am trying to trace the records of Great Yarmouth schools between 1852 and 1861. Using your website I have identified the following: Great Yarmouth Grammar School; Blue Coat Charity School; Old Priory; Home for Destitute Boys. Can you tell me (a) if there were any other schools active at this time and (b) where the schools' archives might be (at the Norfolk Record Office?) ? I am trying to trace the school history of my great-grandfather George Boon born 10 June 1846 at Ellingham, Norfolk. He was 'educated at Great Yarmouth' according to his entry in 'The DSO 1886-1923: a complete record, published 1978'. In April 1851 he was living with his widowed mother at 'the village' Kirby Green. In 1861 aged 15 he was a saddler’s apprentice, living with James Branford and his family at the south side of Eastham Street, St Mary’s Parish, Bungay, Norfolk. He is likely therefore to have been at school in Great Yarmouth after 1852 and before 1861. I would be glad to have your suggestions
March 6, 2011 15:34:17 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Peter,

The only information I have available comes from Directories, and I have nothing between White's 1845 and Kelly's 1883. The latter is already transcribed on my web-site and you can search there for schools recorded in 1883. GENUKI-Norfolk, to which I give a link, lists more available directories, some covering the intervenbing period, which are, no doubt available in various libraries. The entry in White's 1845 is long, but in a quick perusal, I find information given on the Charity Schools, the British Free School, the School of Industry, and the Yarmouth Proprietary Grammar School, and in Gorleston (also see my Gorleston and Southtown pages) the National School (Gorleston) and Yarmouth Proprietary Grannar School (in Southtown), while a variety of small private schools may be listed in the name listing, which is again very long, and I have not had time to scan.

Norfolk Record Office has much of its holdings indexed on the web, but if any school records exist, they are the most likely repository, so I do suggest you search their site, and if you find nothing in their index to write to them (their site contains an e-mail address).

Regards, and good hunting,

Regards,
Paddy

8th March, 2011, at 12.0 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Carmella Vest
Email:bighootchie{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Dallas,Tx,USA
Comments:I am looking for my family-ASHBY,GEORGE-JOHN my grandfather,the 1851 census says he was the son of Charles Ashby,although Charles was 55,I know it was not uncommon to have children that far in age.Then there was an Charles child also.Hewas in Burton on Trent in 1872,and by May of 1873 he was already married to a Hannah and had set sail to the USA where they landed in Galveston,she contracted consumption and died after they got to Mckinney,Collin County,Texas.He married in Jan.1874 to Mariah Howe,and stayed here till he died in 1919.Any help would be appreciated.Thank you
March 1, 2011 00:08:19 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Carmella,

Unfortunately you do not give the name of the parish for which you found your grandfather's name in the 1851 census. If you refer to that parish in my 1891 Census pages you will be able to find if any of the family were still there in 1891 - and to request details from Pat Greetham, whose e-mail link is near the top of the page. Details from other Census dates can be found on the web by using such commercial sites as ancestry.com.

Regards and good hunting,
Paddy

2nd March, 2011, at 09.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:rob cox
Email:robinpeter33{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada Winnipeg
Comments:could you tell me of the cox family moved to swaffham/east bradenham from ireland. I have got back to richard cox in the 1700. thanks
February 23, 2011 23:14:21 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Rob,

If you look at my 1891 Census page for East Bradenham you will find an enry for COX. I do not have the full details, but there is an e0mail link at the top of the page to Pat Gretham who will happily transcribe the full details for you if you give her the reference number(s).

Regards,
Paddy

2nd March, 2011, at 09.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Val East
Email:east124leeds{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Leeds, yorkshire
Comments:I am interested in the Robert Sunman who built the first purpose built life boat in Sheringham. Do you know if his main occupation was boat building? Did he have a boat yard? Is he the same Robert Sunman on the apprenticeship form for Richard Cooper in 1844? When did he die? My questions are endless, but any information would be gratefully received, Many thanks, Val
February 18, 2011 15:27:04 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Val,

The only information I have is the information given in White's 1845 Directory of Norfolk, and the fact that there were two SUNMAN families in Sheringham at the time of the 1851 Census (from the source linked on my Sheringham village page).

In case you do not have the directory information I give the relevant paragraphs below:

    "A school and reading-room are supported by Mrs. Upcher, who purchased the life-boat, stationed here, at a cost of ÂŁ150."

    and "in Upper Sheringham:
    Sunman Robert, fishmonger & vict. Windham Arms
    Sunman Robert, wheelwright and boatbuilder"

So far I have not found a local history source for more information about the history of Sheringham lifeboat.

Regards,
Paddy

22nd February, 2011, at 11.15 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Royston Rudham
Email:roy.rudham1{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Umhlanga,south africa
Comments:HiPaddy,as you can see my surname is Rudham,my Grand father was James ,i think from Newcastle,is there a link between our surname and the village?
February 18, 2011 11:42:37 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Roy,

I would think it very likely that the surname Rudham is derived from the village of that name, but I do not have ready access to any of the books on the topic of Surnames and their Origins. Try your locl library !

Regards,
Paddy

22nd February, 2011, at 11.15 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Brian Livesey
Email:brian2161{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Northfield,New Jersey,USA
Comments:Searching for information on the Brancaster Coast Guard circa 1891.My great grandfather Maurice Flynn was stationed there.
February 18, 2011 00:14:08 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Brian,

Kelly's directrory 1892 records under Brancaster:

    Coast Guard Station, George Dench, chief officer
There may be a record of others who give their occupation as something to do with the Coastguard Station in the 1891 Census Record for Brancaster.
My site carries a Name Index, which may help - along with an e-mail link to Pat Greetham, who would be willing to look up details on the microfiche.

Regards,
Paddy

18th February, 2011, at 10.15 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Alan Coombe
Email:email{at}acoombe.freeserve.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Wicklewood
Comments:I am Chairman of the Wicklewood archive. Do you have any Wicklewood related material within your archive? Best wishes, Alan
February 10, 2011 16:59:03 (GMT Time)



Name:Margaret J. Holtby
Email:margaretholtby{at}blueyonder.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Rochester, Kent
Comments:I am looking for information about North Elmham Hall - at least I think it is/was called that. My great grandfather Richard Powley began his life in service there as a footman. This would have been around 1873- 4 I think. He was born in Blofield, Norfolk in 1860. He later married Charlotte Cooper who was born in North Elmham. Can you help me at all please? Many thanks Margaret
January 25, 2011 17:03:47 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Margaret,

Since your great grandfather was born in 1860 you should be able to find information about him and his family from the census returns for 1871 and 10 year intervals thereafter. These are easily accessible and searchable on the web, either through the Natonal Archive or through such commercial sites as www.ancestry.com.

You should also think about obtaining copies of his birth, marriage and death certificates, for which the relevant local Registry office makes usual (relatively exorbitant !!) charge. You can find the details of where these events were registered (and consequenly obtainable) from the Birth, Marriage and Death records, which are indexed alphabetically every quarter year from 1836 onwards - and are accssible on microfiche at main county (and many more local) libraries throughout Britain.

You will find helpful advice on the National Archives site,

Regards and Happy Hunting,
Paddy

28th January, 2011, at 12.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Mark Hamilton
Email:mark{at}timeseo.com
HomePage:http://www.TimeSEO.com
Where are
you from:
London
Comments:Hi Hope you are well. I just visited your website and thought to approach you. I am an internet marketer and have got some tremendous results helping few of the Norfolk’s websites in getting on the top page of Google for the keywords / terms like norfolk b & b, bed and breakfast, self catering etc. Now I hope to serve you similar kind services & so I am here to offer you my services if at all you are convenient in taking this discussion further. I can for sure show you my results / examples. I hope to hear from you soon so please let me know. Regards Mark Hamilton Phone: 02081234566 (UK) www.TimeSEO.com
January 24, 2011 09:00:56 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Mark,

Thanks for your interest. I have been some time replying, but have decided it gives me an opportunity to display some statistics, which show that I am not doing too badly in terms of publicising my site:

Current 33-day average of daily usage of this site show 883 page views and 256 unique visitors daily - not bad for a personal web-site, I think.

Regards,
Paddy

15th February, 2011, at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Mary Ellen Sobule
Email:msobule{at}hotmail
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Swansea, Illinois, USA (near St. Louis, Missouri)
Comments:I am researching the LAKE surname and have reason to believe I may have ancestors from Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalen (1851 census John and Mary A . Lake). They are buried at St. Mary Magdalen. What is the religious denomination of this church? It sounds Roman Catholic. Forgive my ignorance and thank you for taking the time to read my email. Sincerely, Mary Ellen
January 19, 2011 14:22:47 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Mary Ellen,

The church of St. Mary Magdalen is, and has always been, the parish church of the (Anglican) Church of England, but, of course, when it was built, the English church WAS Roman Catholic (until the actions of king Henry VIII and the influence of the north European Reformation).

I believe, however, that the practice of dedication of parish churches to particular Saints began AFTER the Reformation, so the name was probably not thought of as having Roman Catholic connotations, and the dedication is shared by the village of Pulham Market in South Norfolk.

You may find it interesting to read my village pages (and their links) for thee two villages of Wiggenhall and Pulham bearing that dedication.

Regards,
Paddy

20th January, 2011, at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Chris Chapman
Email:chris.chapman{at}chapman-freeborn.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
currently in France
Comments:I am researching the parents of my Gt Gt Grandfather's wife - her name Elizabeth Osborne, her father was Robert Davy Osborne and he was born in Long Stratton (I believe) in 1787, he dies in Brandon, Suffolk on 14 July 1853. I think RDO's parents were William Osborne (born probably 1741) and Ann born 1748 but I am not sure of this. Is there any help you can give or somebody that I can contact that might give more information - many thanks - have a good weekend - Chris
January 16, 2011 10:38:19 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Chris,

Your most likely source of further information is surely the parish register of the parishes of Long Stratton St Mary and Long Stratton St. Michael, both of which are available (on micrfofiche, with baptismal, marriage and burial records dating back to the mid-16th century) at the Norfolk Archive Centre and Heritage Centre in Norwich.

As you are in France the question arises as to how to be able to search this material available in Norwich. The two immediate possibilities are - possible help through any local LDS (Mormon centre) in France (in UK, Canada, USA etc they canb be very helpful) - and the other is to use the search facilities (rather costly) of the NRO (Archive Centre). Read their information sheet downloadable from their web-site.

A third possibility is to try asking on the Norfolk mailing list for someone who can help with info. To subscribe to the list, send an email to NORFOLK-request@rootsweb.com with the word 'subscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message.

Good hunting,
Regards,
Paddy

16th January, 2010, at 16.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:janet arnold
Email:chipmonk-jma{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
gorleston-on-sea
Comments:
January 9, 2011 10:40:21 (GMT Time)



Name:Joseph Green
Email:jgreenshs66{at}comcast.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA
Comments:I have been working on Cushing family history & for generations the family lived in Hardingham Norfolk. Just thought I might check out the area and found your site. Looks like all the Cushings moved away. Wishing you the best for the upcoming year. -Joe
January 1, 2011 18:20:36 (GMT Time)



Name:Patricia Drummond
Email:patnormdrum{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Hertfordshire Via Gateshead
Comments:Enjoying your site. researching my family tree. Great Great Grandfather Rickwood. resided in Rushford before moving to Camden Town approx 1830/36 to join the railways. trying to find more info on his family in Norfolk.
December 31, 2010 14:55:16 (GMT Time)



Name:Peter Bunnett
Email:peterb1{at}nbnet.nb.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Steeves Settlement New Brunswick Canada
Comments:I was born in Hackford Norfolk 1939and immigrated to Canada in 1958 and very interested any info re Bunnetts. I found a bunnett under Thompson 93/19 What does the numbers mean?? Thanks
December 27, 2010 15:30:33 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Peter,

The numbers against particular family names are page number/entry number for a particular entry - enabling one to find a particular entry in the census returns for that parish. If you are interested in particular entries, you will find an e-mail link at the top of the index page, which you can use to write a request, quoting those numbers, for full details of the entry for the particular household. Otherwise you can search yourself on the full census returns which for each census from 1841 to 1901 (and shortly 1911) are available (on subscription) at such sites as ancestry.com.

Regards, and good hunting,
Paddy

29th December, 2010 at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Janet Buitendijk
Email:jbuitendijk{at}talk21.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Comments:My mother (98) has an ancient photo book dating from her time in service. She was a Nanny circo 1935 In this album is a postcard size photo of Didlington Hall and a photo of her own making. Could you let me know the name of the owner of the house in circa 1930's. Thank you.
December 8, 2010 14:12:29 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Janet,

Your intervention is one of considerable interest to me - as the collection of pages concerned with Didlington, which include many pictures of the Estate, are among the most popular pages on my web-site - and I would be very interested in being able to publish any available further photographs concerning the Hall and the Estate - so if you could let me have copies of your photos I should be extremely grateful.

The immediate answer to your question is already to be found on my web-site, which includes a transcript of Kelly's Directory of Norfolk for 1937 (which includes the information that Didlington Hall was the seat of Col. Herbert Francis Smith J.P., and Didlington Estate Co. were the sole landowners.) Other linked pages give considerable details of members of the AMHERST family who owned the Hall and the Estate from the mid-nineteenth century - and were, I assume, the main shareholders of Didlington Estate Co.

The Hall (partly demolished after having been used by the Army during WW2 - including as the base for the "Desert Rats" during preparations for D-Day) was a 17th century mansion, much enlarged by Lord AMHERST in 1856.

An interesting anecdote: When I first went to explore Didlington Church and the Estate with my late wife some 15 years ago, the then housekeeper at the Hall permitted me to tour and take photographs in the grounds of the Estate, where there remain many of the temporary buildings used by the Desert Rats - and then, in conversation, the housekeeper disclosed that she was born in our village of Woodrising - and, what a coincidence (!!), in one of the two cottages which were later converted to constitute our present dwelling - and that her brother was one of our first callers when we moved here in late 1956 and were snowed in in January 1957.

Finally, many thanks for your contribution to my Guestbook.

Regards,
Paddy

9th December, 2010 at 10.50 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Harvey Richardson
Email:RchHrvy{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Dover, Kent
Comments:I am keen to discover as much as possible about my Richardson ancestors who lived in Swanton Abbot and environs. John Richardson, my direct great-grandfather was married at Aylesham Wesleyan Church, moved from Swanton Abbot to Hickling. In 1864 he was imprisoned in Norwich Castle Goal for bankruptcy. He and family moved to Dover in 1865. One of his brothers, Isaac was the Swanton Abbot postmaster and started up a Swedenborgian Church in his house adjoining the PO. There are many links to the Wesleyan Church in the family. I am trying to trace a Henry Richardson who I think may be a relative, but cannot yet get far with him! Harvey Richardson, Dover
December 4, 2010 13:23:14 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Harvey,

Of course, on the one hand it makes me feel rather proud to find I am a first choice by so many stuck in their research into their family history, yet, on the other, makes me feel so helpless in being able to give the assistance hoped for !!.

So many of us, family and local historians, find we have what looks so interesting a story, and then find we get stuck in proving that link or tracing it back further. Yours, indeed, sounds vastly intersting in what it has discovered already, and I understand your feeling of assurance that there must be more to be found.

Indeed there may be, but suggesting WHERE this is, is, I am afraid, completely beyond me. The only answer must be to follow, from time to time, again and again, any links you feel you have in case something new turns up.

Mailing lists, listed by www.rootsweb.com, following the surname, the village, or any other keyword you can think of, may suddenly produce another area to search - but from my, general Norfolk local history, point of view, you are, I am sorry to say, on your own ....

All I can say, is that you have considerable details of what is already an interesting story, which you can share with others, and - with a bit of luck - perhaps one of your readers will suddenly come up wth a new link, I, unfortunately, have none to add.

Regards,
Paddy

4th December, 2010 at 09.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:anne hall
Email:annehall14{at}sky.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Maidenhead
Comments:I have been researching Alfred Edridge Pike aka the Red devil of the West. b1830 d1901 b Yarmouth. married twice ist to Varley(maybe Stanton) 2nd Ruth Diggle b1836 d1900 He was a Captain who travelled to India & Chine. Have ypu heard of him please?
December 3, 2010 17:46:02 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Anne,
I am afraid the answer is NO - but it sounds as if there is a good story there. Perhaps you can tell us all you know?

Regards,
Paddy

4th December, 2010 at 09.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Norman Nilson
Email:n.nilson{at}comcast.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Moraga, California
Comments:Do you have any information on a Jospeh Powley born about 1836 in West Bilney with a daughter Ann. Interested in gaining information on his spouse, brothers and sisters and ancestors and relatives.
November 29, 2010 21:18:15 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Norman,
I have no information on the POWLEY family, but your first source of information is likely to come from a search of Census returns. (available in detail from 1841 to 1901, with 1911 also partially available). My site has a Names index for Norfolk Census returns for 1891, with information about how to ask for particular details - but you will find you can search the whole series on the web through such sits as www.ancestry.com (paid subscription). The web-site of the National Archive (at ) also contains much information about how to continue searches.

Regards,
Paddy

3rd December, 2010 at 12.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Christine O'Rourke
Email:naturesgems{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Newfoundland Canada
Comments:my mother is a war bride from Snettisham, my father was stationed at Dersingham during world war 11 and they met at a local dance. they came to nl in 1946 and have been here since. my mom is still living, now 92. she was a Bayfield. I visited Norfolk this summer and met cousins for the first time. I'm very interested in my British hertitage and the Norfolk area especially Snettisham.
November 24, 2010 05:49:17 (GMT Time)



Name:Winnie Apling
Email:winnieapling{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Michigan, USA
Comments:Is there any way that you can find out if Moses Apling had a brother named Israel? We have hit a brick wall with our Israel Ablin that was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His children had the names of William, Franklin Charles and Samuel. I was surprised to see the Biblical name of Moses listed. I am hopeful that this may be a link for us.
November 11, 2010 21:04:28 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Winnie,

I am really intrigued with your message, as my database presently has no information about any of the AP(P)LIN(G)s in the USA (and there are, I know, many more in the USA than here in Britain) apart from Luke APLIN who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame (they sent me a great wadge of information about him, which, unfortunately, did not lead back sufficiently to indicate where in Britain his family originally came from). So YOU are my first link to any other APLINGs in the USA.

Accordingly I have no information about your Israel ABLIN.

You give no dates for him, but I doubt he has any close relationship to my Moses APLIN (my 4th great-grandfather) whose dates are c. 1735 to 1788 (buried Southleigh - near Honiton, Devonshire - on 19 October 1788 according to the parish Register, or 19 October 1789 according to the Bishop's transcript).

I suspect that Moses' father was Moses APLEN (c 1699 - ? of Broadwinsor, Dorset (not far from Honiton) and that he had two brothers: Robert APLEN ((baptised 17 Mar 1727, in Burstock, Dorset) and John APLEN (baptised 22 Apr 1731, also in Burstock). I have so far been unable to find a baptismal record for my Moses, but clearly the earlier Moses travelled a bit - which leaves an awful number of parish registrs to search in.

Despite the probable remoteness of the connection between your family and mine it would be a fascinating exercise for us to co-operate in the search for this possible link, and consequently I look forward to some e-mail correspondance with you.

By the way you will find an e-mail link on the Copyright declaration on any of the pages of my web-site, and I look forward to further messages from you.

Regards,
Paddy

12th November, 2010 at 09.50 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Janet Sue Nobleman
Email:janetnobleman{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
United States, Severn, Maryland 21144
Comments:My grandparents came from England in 1892. My grandfather was born in Stowbardolph in 1855. How do I get information on William Spicer?
November 9, 2010 00:39:45 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Janet,

Information can be sought from the Census returns for 1861 and at 10 yr-intervals to 1901; from the Parish Register of Stow Bardolph, and from his birth certificate which can be located on the Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths - all of which are available on microfiche at the National Archive and the Norfold Record Office. Census information can be found on the web, either from the web-site of the National Record Office or through such sites as ancestry.com (all generally on payment). In the USA your best bet is probably to seek help to obtain access to these microfiche sources at the nearest family centre of the LDS (Mormons), who can be very helpful.

If you are really interested in family history you should purchase a copy of your grandfather's Birth Certificate - for which you will need the details obtained from the BMD Index.

If you cannot find the web addresses of sources I have mentioned, do not hesitate to inquire again from me.

Regards,
Paddy

November 9, 2010 at 19.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Phil Neave
Email:philneave{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Sydney,Australia
Comments:Hi, I am trying to obtain information relating to Stephen Neave christened at Bradfield in 1713 (according to igi site) do you know where I might find records from St. Giles Parish Church (Bradfield) relative to 16th Century. regards Phil
October 29, 2010 22:21:01 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Phil,

Thanks for your enquiry, which caused me to discover that I had ommitted a crucial sentence from my transcription of the entry for Bradfield in Kelly's 1883 directory - stating: The register dates from the year 1725.

Your message has caused me to update the page with the corrected transcription and updated links, but unfortunately the entry (confirmed by the parish register listing in the Norfolk Archive Centre Index) shows that baptismal entries for dates before 1725 have been lost (or never existed), which is unfortunate for you, as the information you seek is not available anywhere, The original baptismal register is held at the Norfolk Archive Centre and covers the period from 1725 to 1962; microfiche copies are available for inspection or purchase from the Archive Centre and copy microfiche are also available at the central Norfolk County Library in Norwich and elsewhere (e.g. available through your local LDS [Mormon] Family Centre), but clearly they will not reveal the particular baptismal record you seek, which no longer exists.

Regards,
Paddy

November 2, 2010 at 13.0 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Linda Donald
Email:ld45info{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norfolk
Comments:Would like to find out more about the origins of Somerton,
October 26, 2010 21:24:36 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Linda, Somerton is a very old settlement, recorded in Domesday Book as Somertuna, and you should readily find detaiks on the relevant entries through your local library service. For more details on its history you will find archeological information summarised on the Norfolk Heritage Explorer web-site, and considerable historical information in Blomfield's History of Norfolk (typical entries from which you will find on my site on the village pages for Hingham and Woodrising).

Regards,
Paddy

November 2, 2010 at 13.0 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:David Dee
Email:d.family5{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Shropshire
Comments:I am looking for my great grandfather, Henry John Carter, who was in the 7th Dragoon Guards. In the 1891 census he was listed at Pockthorpe, Norwich as a corporal and on your website I noted the name Carter with the folio, page number as 115/17. I do not know how to access the information about him and would be very grateful if you could advise me how I can do so. henry Carter went on to be a Sergeant Major and his children were born in various parts of the world where he must have been serving. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks Dave Dee
October 26, 2010 13:02:11 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo David,

I have not myself searched in Army Records, which are very extensive, and mainly housed at the National Record Office at Kew and/or particular Regimental sites, none of which can be searched on the web and would probably require the use of a professional searcher by those not able to visit Kew. However here a few web-sites which may be of considerable help in getting started:

Regards,
Paddy
November 2, 2010 at 20.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:William Russell 'Rusty' Plumbtree
Email:williamplumbtree{at}cox.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Comments:My family came from Upwell. My 2GGrandfather Elijah Plumbtree came to America in 1848. His parents, John and Mary Ann, lived and farmed in Upwell. I'm trying to find the parentage information on John and Mary Ann. If you have any information on the Plumbtree family in Upwell, it would be very much appreciated.
October 11, 2010 15:50:40 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Rusty,

I regret I have no info about Upwell beyond what is already on my web-site pages for Upwell village and the index for the 1891 Census neither of which have relation to the Plumbtree family.

To seek further information the obvious places to search are other Census returns for Upwell - those for 1841 to 1901 are available on the web at e.g. ancestry.com - and the Parish Register for Upwell, which is held at Norwich Archive Centre and is available for perusal on microfiche at the Archive Cetre and the Norwich Central Library and can be made available at local LDS {Mormon) Family Research Centres throughout the world.

Regards,
Paddy

November 2, 2010 at 23.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Janine
Email:janine.gall at hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Tasmania
Comments:Hi, What a great resource! I have been trying to find information about the food riots in the East Anglia area in 1816, in particular at Downham Market. Hannah Jarvis, along with several others, was sentenced to death, which was later changed to transportion for life to Australia, for her part in robbery during one of these periods of unrest. I was wondering if anyone could help with any details about what these riots were about. regards Janine
October 1, 2010 12:29:53 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Janine,

In delayed reply to your message on my guestbook, for which may thanks.

You, among many others who have posted messges since June, (due to my travels in Canada and France), must have given up expecting a reply - but yours gets the first reply as I did not have a ready answer, which made it the mnore intriguing !

Historically the 1816 riots have been overshadowed in history by the "Captain Swing" riots of 1830, which were covered in the classic book of the same name by Eric Hobsbawm and George Rudé [ISBN 0-8531-5175-X], which will undoubtedly refer also to the 1816 riots. and there are references to them in "Peasants and Poachers" by Michael J. Carter (in the Bygones series), Boydell Press, 1980 [ISBN 0-7515-129-9]. Both these books would be well worth finding for general background information on the rural situation in the period.

I recall from my lectures on food history (when I was lecturer in Food Science at Reading University) that 1816 was "the year without a summer", with major crop failures throughout Western Europe, and probably (?) particularly in England.

The author of "Peasants and Poachers" includes in his reference of secondary sources:

    A.J.Peacock, "Bread and Blood: A Study of the Agrarian Riots in East Anglia in 1816" (London 1965), which will undoubtedly provide some guidance to what is available in the County and National Archive Centres.
I imagine some of these books would be obtainable for you through the Tasmanian library system as there will be many in your province interested in the period, and it may be worth doing a web search through Norfolk the archives listed ontheir web-site at .

Let me know if, or not, this message turns out to be helpful.

With greetings across the planet,

Regards,
Paddy

October 18, 2.100 at 21.50 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:mandie oliver
Email:mandie_456{at}fsmail.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
hampshire
Comments:I have recently found my husbands grandfather was buried at St Andrews, Guist. He was Ernest Wordingham and his wife, Ruby. He died 1963 she in 1948.I will be visiting the area next year but was hoping you may be able to pass on my details to someone who may be able to take a photo of the grave for me. Yjank you for your time. Mandie Oliver
September 27, 2010 17:07:10 (GMT Time)



Name:claire
Email:pc{at}yawatto.wanadoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
kent
Comments:Hi, just wanted to say thankyou for the great site and its various info,I have traced my family line back to Henry Taylor in 1850,s I believe the family were builders and carpenters in the village and would be grateful for any further information anyone may have. Thank you ooops forgot to say in the village of Banham !!
September 17, 2010 18:38:36 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Claire,

If you look at my village pages for Banham you will find listed some information about members of the TAYLOR family.

If you wish to search further the obvious places are Census returns (1841-1901 are available on the web) and the Parish Register for Banham, which is available on microfiche at the Norfolk Archive Centre and the Central Library in Norwich and can usually be made available to enquirers by local LDS (Normon) Centres.

Paddy

November 2, 2010 at 23.40 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:claire
Email:pc{at}yawatto.wanadoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
kent
Comments:Hi, just wanted to say thankyou for the great site and its various info,I have traced my family line back to Henry Taylor in 1850,s I believe the family were builders and carpenters in the village and would be grateful for any further information anyone may have. Thank you
September 17, 2010 18:36:44 (GMT Time)



Name:Jeanette Connolly
Email:Jeanette.Connolly{at}sky.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Milton Keynes
Comments:Just want to say thanks for this site and the info on Pentney especially the surname Riches, my Gt grandmother was Jessie Diana Emma Riches and her parents were James Riches and Mary Leonard, James is Jeremiahs Brother and of course you have a copy of his will on this site.
September 14, 2010 11:22:27 (GMT Time)



Name:Clair
Email:ady.clair{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Long Eaton, Derbyshire
Comments:I came accross this site while researching the names Sheldrick/ Sheldrake and Spooner who are ancestors of mine from the Heacham and Kings Lynn area's. Any info from anyone would be very much appreciated. Clair :)
September 10, 2010 11:55:46 (GMT Time)



Name:keith brighton
Email:keith.brighton{at}sky.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
west sussex
Comments:HI Paddy iam researching my family who all originate from norfolki have got back as far as 1770 there names are robert brighton and sarah any ideas etc
September 9, 2010 11:03:43 (GMT Time)



Name:TJ
Email:Thierry.jeanneau{at}laposte.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
France
Comments:
August 28, 2010 13:48:42 (GMT Time)



Name:Ann Hunter
Email:annprior{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
OriginallyThorpe Hamlet Norwich,now Oxford
Comments:Hello, I am trying to trace details of my Great Grandfather Jabez Hunter who lived in Rosary Terrace Thorpe Hamlet late 1800's.I would love to hear of any Hunters who might be related.
August 24, 2010 19:09:54 (GMT Time)



Name:Yvonne Cox
Email:evie.barnowl{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Little Snoring
Comments:i am not looking for a person but info: on the property I live in. Part was built around 1740 or earlier, was a tap house?? with a forge?? May have been called The Red lion, ther was a publican in Little Snoring 1841 census.
August 15, 2010 16:15:59 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Yvonne,

I am sorry that this reply has been so delayed, due to my travels.

As you may already know, an inn in Little Snoring is marked on Bryant's map of 1826, and Norfolk Pubs Index also includes the information that the "Bell" (if that corresponds to the inn marked by Bryant) was damaged by enemy action on 19th August, 1942. Is there any indication of bomb damage on your property? The pubs index has no photograph of the Bell, but indicates that it was still used as an inn until February 1966. There must be people in the village who can confirm from their own memory whether your property was once the Bell.

If your property IS the former Bell inn there remains the question as to whether this is the property marked on Bryant's map. This is a question for which the answer may be indicated in other maps or documents which are held in the Norfolk Archives, and it seems to me that your way forward should start with enquiries there. Some of their holdings are indexed, and there is an e-mail link, on their web-site at Norfolk Archive Centre. The Archive Centre also has a leaflet giving of advice for searching for the history of your house.

Regards,
Paddy

12th November, 2009 at 10.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Jocelyn Menyhart
Email:jocelynleach{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Originally Surrey, England, now living in the United States
Comments:I am trying to research for a friend of mine in the US, whose great grandparents were from Methwaold Norfolk, and who wants to get information about her ancestors. Names are Elizabeth Clark (born 14/2/1823) and Robert Woolsey (born 19/3/1817) If you could direct me to someone locally who might be able to help, I would very much appreciate it.
August 15, 2010 10:30:42 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Jocelyn,

I am sorry to have delayed replying to your messsage for so long.

If your ancestors remained in Methwold you can search the Methwold Census for 1841 and the successive 10-yr later Census returns. For other information your first source would be the Parish Register for Methwold. All these sources are available on microfiche at either the Norfolk Archive Centre, adjining County Hall, and also in the Heritage Centre (upstairs) in the Norfolk Central Library at the Forum, Norwich. For searching on the web a very useful resource is www. ancestry.com - subscription service who sometimes offer free trials - where you can search many sources on a Names index. A most important source of information would be the birth, and possibly marriage and death, certificates, the location of which can be found by searching in the (alphabetical for each quarter year) BMD index, which is also available on microfiche at County Archive Cntres and County Central Libraries.

Regards,
Paddy

12th November, 2009 at 10.40 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:joy simpson
Email:simpsonjoy{at}hotmail.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
hertfordshire
Comments:my great grandfather was inn keeper at The White Hart,Thurlton at the time of the 1881 census. I am curious to know if the inn is still there.
August 13, 2010 19:10:20 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Joy,

All you have to do is to look at Norfolk Pubs web-site - a marvellous collection of info, and I think you will find your ancestor mentioned if you look at the White Hart !!
Regards,
Paddy

November 2, 2010 at 19.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Pam Cook
Email:pammd15{at}tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Langold, Worksop, Notts
Comments:Just gone through your pages. What a help to everyone. Congratulations. A lot of work but if I had found it sooner would have really helped. Again thanks from the Darkin family tree (which also covers Hariet Arbon died 1865)
August 6, 2010 17:21:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Pam Cook
Email:pammd15{at}tiscali.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Langold, Worksop, Notts.
Comments:I have just been on the Thetford Union workhouse page. Darkins 110/4 is my direct ancestor. I think it was Judith, born 1776. If you have any further information on her the whole family would be grateful. Do you know where she was buried, I surmise a pauper's grave. I am in contact with other Darkin family members, there are still some living round Chesterfield who are still Darkin. I have our family tree if you are interested. Mary A. born 1855 and George 1859 were born at Knettishall and the others at Barningham. Best wishes, Pam Cook
August 6, 2010 17:10:57 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Pam,

Apologies for delay in replying.

First of all, for full details of the DARKINS entry in the Thetford Inion Workhouse 1881 Census Names Index - just send a polite request to Pat Greetham, using the e-mail link near the top of the page - or you cold search for her death record in the BMD index, which is available on microfiche at all large county libraries - and is slphabetical for each quarter year. This provides the information necessary to urchase a copy of certificate from the local or national registrar.

For further information the main primary souces available are Census Returns (1841-1901) and Parish Registers. These are generally available on microfiche at the county Record Office and main County Library - for the Norfolk information, this means Norwich. Much of this information can be found on the web by a name search using such services (genrally requiring subscription) as www.ancestry.com.

Regards,
Paddy

12th November, 2009 at 1l.30 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Watkins
Email:maineports{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Maine, USA
Comments:Hello, I am looking for modern day descendants of Thomas Greenwood who was born in Marsham in 1749, and was buried in the All Saints cemetery in 1835. If you could offer any suggestions please advise. Thank You Very Much - Paul
August 2, 2010 12:24:05 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Paul,

There is no easy to find living descendants of someone of the 19th century or earlier. It is really necessary to doggedly try to search forward from information you can find about the ancestor you know of - and for this the main sources are Census returns (beginng in 1841 and available up to 1901) and Parish Registers (often dating back to the 16th century and held to various dates, depending on the parish, with modern parish entries held by the local parish church), and the BMD index, which is widely available but tedious to search (alphabetical on names for each quarter year from 1837). These are readily available on microfiche at County Archive Centre and the nain County Library - in both cases - of the County concerned.

These sources often provide a good deal of information - but are difficukt to find if the family moved around, and also are only readily available if you can visit these locations the main web source will be such services as Ancentry.com. The local LDS (Mormon) centre can often assist in this kind of search,

Another possible way of collecting information can be to join a local nailing list (here rootswweb.com can help find a relevant list, e.g. the Norfolk mailing list at norfolk@rootsweb.com) - and just mail a request for information from members searching the same family surname. Other than that it is just a matter of luck !!

Regards,
Paddy

12th November, 2009 at 12.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:zhaokuan
Email:sales{at}horsetailhair.com
HomePage:http://www.animalhair.com
Where are
you from:
china
Comments:Dear sirs, Glad to send you this email. We are a leading exporter and processer of horse hair and related products in China.And we have done business in this line for many years and got good reputation for this. We are here want to know whether you have any requirement for the horse hair for your brush?If you have, please contact me at any time.I will give you the best quotation for you. Our website www.animalhair.com will let you know more detail about us. Waiting for your early reply.Thank you in advance. Best regards, zhaokuan Anping JuLong Animal Byproduct Co.,Ltd. Add:No.75 Yucai North Road,Anping,Hebei,China 053600 Tel:0086-0318-7516566 Fax:0086-0318-7527232 E-mail:sales@horsetailhair.com Website:www.animalhair.com
July 31, 2010 09:09:21 (GMT Time)



Name:Carol Walters
Email:carol.walters10{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
London
Comments:My husband Graham was born in Gorleston and I am researching our family trees
July 26, 2010 18:57:57 (GMT Time)



Name:P Riches
Email:priches193{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Grantham Lincs.
Comments:I am tryingto obtain evidence of a Robert Riches born in 1776, in Earsham, or so the 1841 census state. Unfortunately I cannot tracehis baptism anywhere in Earsham/Bungay etc. So I am endeavouring to go another route and find some information about Earsham in the early 1800 century, which may give me a clue of his family the Riches.I wonder if you can offer any information on the village of Earsham, or land owners etc. Many thanks
July 13, 2010 13:27:33 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo P.,
I cannot suggest any other likely source of informarion about a particular person than parish records (apart from the possible reference to some event in a newspaper), but I wonder if you realise that your reference to born in Earsham would refer not to the parish but the Hundred of Earsham, which includes parishes as far as Pulham etc.
Regards,
Paddy
July 17, 2009 at 08.30 hrs. (BST Time)






Name:Norma Cotton nee Boswell
Email:normacotton{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
North Warwickshire
Comments:If I sent you an inherited tree reference Boswells, that seems to have a line missing could you have a look and see what I should do next? Talking about late 1500's. Have found Gabriel Boswell in Freemen book borrowed Norwich, plus the fact that he himself later had an apprentice. Thanks for your reply even if it is a "no".
June 25, 2010 15:58:15 (GMT Time)



Name:ray manning
Email:raymanning1947{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
kings lynn
Comments:Hi Paddy, do you have anything in your files about swiss cottage nth. pickenham rd. swaffham. demolished in 1935 poss. belonged to wood farm Ray
June 17, 2010 16:14:33 (GMT Time)



Name:Susan Gay
Email:susan_g999{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
England and New Zealand
Comments:It might be that we are related. My father David William Maurice Gay inherited Thurning Hall from his Great Aunt Ellen. Thurning was sold when he was wounded in WW2!!!
June 15, 2010 06:30:01 (GMT Time)



Name:Jennifer Holland
Email:jettdesign{at}rogers.com
HomePage:none
Where are
you from:
first generation Canadian (Father)
Comments:This is so exciting. Although I live in Canada my Father had fond memories of his youth, and spoke for hours about his parents and childhood in Great Poringland. My Grandmother, had to have been born before 1900 as my father was born in 1925 the youngest of 3 and she was 42 by then. guess I could do the math. Dad after the navy returned to his job at the NU, and was asked to come out to Canada and open the head office. He never lived in the UK again, we did visit,every summer, and he even more with business. My Grandmother was Todd, I believe Laura, Kitty for , and she was the school teacher in the local school. Dad and his brothers went into Norwich for high school. Both my uncles stayed and worked for the NU. My Grandfather came on the boat to Canada in 1902 to get free land on the Prairies , stayed one winter, and turned around and went home. Hated the weather! The majority of my family is in Norwich however only the wives are alive, the 3 boys have passed. All came
June 14, 2010 14:05:47 (GMT Time)



Name:Diane Marsden
Email:marsie59{at}live.com.au
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
NSW Australia
Comments:i'm tracing the families of Rudd & Sones, i know they were from Norfolk. My grandmother Mary Edith Rudd b.1905,Gorleston., her father Thomas Nathaniel Rudd & his wife Mary Ann (nee Sones) email me if you can help. Ta Diane
June 14, 2010 05:26:25 (GMT Time)



Name:Bob Price
Email:bob.pricerobert{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
UK--Resident in Germany
Comments:Great site Paddy, tho' haven't checked all available info. My ancestors are Jary and Fox families from Nth Norfolk---Blakeney,Wiveton, Morston and Cley area. The Family migrated to Sth Shields, Durham abt 1880-'81.near where I was born in 1941. Being in Germany naturally makes it difficult to do personal searches and visit ROs and Local History Archives. Imagine my delight at the release of Norfolk Register images by LDS in February. This site has turned up lots of "new" info for me--and of course many new questions. It can be accessed at:- http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=home just click on Browse collections then Europe on the map and choose where from the scroll list. Ancestors of Cley has also proved very useful to me. My problem is finding free access to Census info. Many thanks for your site --great for people like myself.
June 13, 2010 12:35:28 (GMT Time)



Name:Darliene Mueller
Email:muellerd{at}shaw.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Comments:Love your web site. Hope to see you at the Cunningham Reunion in Mission BC this summer.
June 7, 2010 19:37:57 (GMT Time)



Name:Jack Milne
Email:jackm370{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments:researching Lester's of Tibenham
June 2, 2010 23:53:31 (GMT Time)



Name:jasonfragrance
Email:jason.fragrance{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://www.fragranceglamour.com
Where are
you from:
usa
Comments:
May 17, 2010 11:59:46 (GMT Time)



Name:Jeff Riches
Email:jr.waveney{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ditchingham
Comments:Congratulations on your excellent site and well laid out information. I was interested in the 3 arch bridge at Carleton which appears as a lithograph in F Stones Book - Stones Norfolk Bridges that was commissioned by The liuetenant of Norfolk John Wodehouse of Kimberley Hall to be produced by F Stone possibly as part of his employment duties as Norfolk County Surveyor (1806) and published in 1832. Any further family heirs or successors information on F Stone would be most appreciated. Jeff Riches.
May 16, 2010 11:05:50 (GMT Time)



Name:Maj (Retd) John L Raybould TD
Email:webmaster{at}norfolkbc.fsnet.co.uk
HomePage:http://www.norfolkbc.fsnet.co.uk
Where are
you from:
Beccles, Suffolk
Comments:Dear Paddy, The forthcoming Jun 10 B&C has a piece on Lucilla Reeve and links to other site pages. Many thanks. Maj (Retd) John L Raybould TD Editor Norfolk Section of the Britannia & Castle The Regimental Journal of the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Regiments
May 12, 2010 18:46:24 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo John,

Many thanks for that information. I shall keep an eye on your web-site; and I am pleased you have found something interesting on my pages.

Regards,
Paddy

May 13, 2010 at 17.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Rob morris
Email:Robjmorris1{at}me.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norwich
Comments:Hello Paddy my Mum of 87 has declared an interest in her grandmother a Susan Woods from what we were led to believe was Hislington, Norfolk but a possible typo could mean Hillington. I have found you through google and your 1891 census shows Woods 69/7. How could I find out more on that name using your site please?
May 11, 2010 09:45:51 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Rob,

I do not have the full information from the Census pages, but at the top of the village index page you will find advice in how to get it - namely to send an e0mail request to Pat Greetham (link near the top of each names index page), as she will willingly transcrive the full details from the original microfiche.

If you follow the link on the Hillington page to "1891 Census Village Page". and search on the surname(s) of interest, you will find a listing of all the Norfolk parishes in which entries for that surname are to be found.

Meanwhile, I may as well add, that if you read the text at the top of the village index pages, you may find additional helpful and useful information.

Kind regards - and good hunting
Paddy

May 13, 2010 at 17.30 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Peter Sparrow
Email:pdsparrow{at}telus.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Comments:My Grandfather on my dad's side was George Sparrow born in 1879 in Narford, Norfolk. He was the son of William Sparrow a Gamekeeper at Narford, born 1842. George emigrated to Canada and married Ruth Smith of Sheffield, in Canada and lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Victoria BC where he died in 1948. The 1881 UK Census lists a tolal of 15 Sparrow's occupying 2 of the Low Cottages at Narford. Do you know of any good sources for further information and connections in the Norfolk area. I must have many lost cousins in the area. The Town of Swaffam list 8 Sparrow's currently. Thanks P. Sparrow
April 26, 2010 18:32:53 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Peter,

Sparrow seems to be a fairly common name in Norfolk - there are about 40 entries in my Norwich & North Norfolk telephone directory, so apart from that list, and the entries for the name in my index pages for the 1891 Census there is little more I can contribute to your research.

The obvious next steps must be to look at all the other available Census results from 1841 to 1901 which are available on the web through such sites as ancestry.com and to search for the name in the 1911 census on the National Archives site - most of these requiring subscription or other payment. There may well be something useful on other freely available sites in Norfolk (which I keep indending to index on the entry pages on my site, but have not yet done so).

Also, of course to follow up any information you can cull from birth, marriage and death certificates of those family members you know of. You can find the details for ordering these by accessing the national BMD index, available on line through (free search, but expensive fee for each document).

And that's about it, apart from wishing you Good Hunting.
Regards,
Paddy

April 27, 2010 at 13.00 hrs. (BST Time)



Name:Ann-Elizabeth Palin
Email:annpalin{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ontario, Canada
Comments:Greetings! - I am related to a USA-born Beetley, who's ancestors hail from Beetley. We are keenly interested in learning the source of the town's name...after an individual, etc.? When did the last known "Beetley" reside in the town? Ancestors came from England to USA, - but when, and from where are as yet unknown to us. Can you help? Hopefully, and with warm regards from Ontario, Canada.
April 21, 2010 16:41:11 (GMT Time)



Name:Janet Wilford
Email:kayzen_jl{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
London UK now living in Canada
Comments:RE:Google Books...Not sure if I am the only one that did not know about Google books. It's best to use your country domain for their sites.... I looked up Paddy's reference to the Francis Blomefield opus at the Canada Google Books website. Not only was the book on line but I found out that probably the only copies available for research are at 2 university libraries in Quebec. The search engine at Google books is excellent.
April 17, 2010 10:31:03 (GMT Time)



Name:Toni Burr
Email:tjbnana{at}starstream.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norwich Norfolk now I live in Lincoln California
Comments:I am looking for info on William Johnstone Burr born 1889 Joseph Burr senior and Joseph Burr junior lost at sea1941 James louis Burr1905 all could be from Norfolk James was born in London by the sound of the Boow Bells. also James is my father. My mother was Daisy May Gook Her father was George Gook died 1924 wife Ellen Cook Thank you Toni Burr my birthday june 10 1941
April 14, 2010 02:28:35 (GMT Time)



Name:Toni Burr
Email:tjbnana{at}starstream.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norwich Norfolk
Comments:I am looking for info on William Johnstone Burr born 1889 Joseph Burr senior and Joseph Burr junior lost at sea1941 James louis Burr1905 all could be from Norfolk James was born in London by the sound of the Boow Bells. also James is my father. My mother was Daisy May Gook Her father was George Gook died 1924 wife Ellen Cook Thank you Toni Burr my birthday june 10 1941
April 14, 2010 02:25:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Toni Burr
Email:tjbnana{at}starstream.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Norwich Norfolk
Comments:I am looking for info on William Johnstone Burr born 1889 Joseph Burr senior and Joseph Burr junior lost at sea1941 James louis Burr1905 all could be from Norfolk James was born in London by the sound of the Boow Bells. also James is my father. My mother was Daisy May Gook Her father was George Gook died 1924 wife Ellen Cook Thank you Toni Burr my birthday june 10 1941
April 14, 2010 02:18:40 (GMT Time)



Name:A E Mould
Email:tonymould{at}waitrose.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Chester UK
Comments:Searching for information on forebear William Moul whose will was dated 1699.Reputed to have lived in Swanton, but which one?
April 2, 2010 14:34:44 (GMT Time)



Name:Hugh Ainsley
Email:ainsley{at}one-name.org
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Comments:Looking for any information on Alice OSBORN(E) who registered the birth of an illegitimate daughter Florence Victoria OSBORNE (my grandmother) dated 21/11/1878 giving her address as Great Fransham, NFK. She may have been in service there, but I can find no record.
March 30, 2010 16:10:01 (GMT Time)



Name:gary beckett
Email:gary{at}garybeckett.wanadoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
basingstoke
Comments:hi i'm looking for ancestors with the name of green from little cressingham
March 28, 2010 10:53:07 (GMT Time)



Name:Darlene Talford Cliff
Email:darlcliff{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Comments:I am looking for any information on the family TALFORD
March 21, 2010 19:32:13 (GMT Time)



Name:Janet Wilford
Email:kayzen_jl{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
London UK now living in Canada
Comments:If you have old notebooks, diaries or memorabilia please consider donating to a local archive. I have connected with five cousins through such a donation to a Norfolk archive.
March 21, 2010 15:14:54 (GMT Time)



Name:janet wilford
Email:kayzen_jl{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
London UK now living in Canada
Comments:I'd like to give a "shout out" to the lost cousins.com web site and encourage your visitors to enter their ancestors from the 1881 UK census particularly there. I am looking for Norfolk born Laycock's
March 21, 2010 15:10:32 (GMT Time)



Name:Rob Withers
Email:rwithers07{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments:Paddy Thank you for the helpful info. You sure do know your stuff. Your friend Rob
March 18, 2010 21:17:45 (GMT Time)



Name:Peter Earl
Email:pwje{at}sympatico.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Comments:Hello Paddy, Would you by any chance know of a place called LYNN DAM FILD in Walpole St Andrew, Norfolk. I see you have done a lot of great work covering this area. I am currently in Norfolk. The name is on my mothers birth certificate hence the interest. Many thanks in advance Peter
March 18, 2010 11:47:06 (GMT Time)



Name:Marian Turner
Email:marian_ruth{at}yahoo.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Bath, Somerset
Comments:Excellent site you have compiled. I am lookig for James Savage born Swaffham29/1/1846 who by 8/8/1874 married in Western Australia Cicely Johnson. Rumour has it that James was a CONVICT!!!! Any ideas how I could prove or disprove this info, would be gratefuly received.His Dad was Hubert Savage b.27/10/1819 and Grandad was John Savage b. 1793 all Swaffham.
March 17, 2010 11:01:17 (GMT Time)



Name:Rob Withers
Email:rwithers07{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments:Hi Paddy I sent you a private e-mail, just checking to see if you received it. Thanks.
March 14, 2010 04:23:26 (GMT Time)



Name:Rob Withers
Email:rwithers07{at}gmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Canada
Comments:Hi Paddy I sent you a private e-mail, just checking to see if you received it. thanks.
March 14, 2010 04:14:01 (GMT Time)



Name:malcolm Thurston
Email:malcolm.thurston{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:
Where are
you from:
Attleborough
Comments:Hi Paddy, I am having problems emailing you. Please can you reply so I can put your new address in my contacts list. Many Thanks. Malcolm
March 12, 2010 16:42:20 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Malcolm,

No change of e-mail address, but PC was disconnected all yesterday for maintenance
Regards,
Paddy

March 13, 2009 at 09.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Giselle Griffin
Email:Shearsbyho{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Somerset
Comments:Firstly, just to say how very useful I have found your Norfolk website and the information therein. Somewhere I saw a request for notification of typos - where, I'm not sure so.......here's one! Lne 1 of para 4 on your welcome page has "underligned" - a much more comfortable way of spelling it!. Best wishes and, oh yes, I can see your request right above this form!!!
March 5, 2010 20:01:08 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Giselle,

Thanks very much for your message. It is always very valuable to be told of errors - I would probably never notice them on my own pages.

Regards,
Paddy

March 6, 2009 at 11.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:andrew crow
Email:trump1952{at}yahoo.com.au
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
australia
Comments:Hi paddy, I travelled last year to norfolk records office from australia to find my family history found my next generation back from what i had. My family line is 'crow" and are buried in Norfolk rocklands st peter and many are buried there apparently there was two names the same edmond crow in the same town. Would love to get some info of the grave sites in the church cementary. If you could shed any light on the topics would be very greatfull or if any crow's still live in the area. Andrew
March 1, 2010 12:46:20 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Andrew,

The Norwich and Norfolk phone directory has 11 entries for CROW, and 120 or more for CROWE, but none in or close to Rocklands.

There is a hyperlink on my Rocklands St Peter village page to the local web-site for the Rocklands, which may lead you to more local info.

Regards,
Paddy

March 4, 2009 at 10.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:andrew crow
Email:trump1952{at}yahoo.com.au
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
australia
Comments:Hi paddy, was very impressed by you effort and website. Andrew
March 1, 2010 12:38:57 (GMT Time)



Name:Warren Frazer
Email:wlf924{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
New Jersey, USA
Comments:Looking at your websidt for forename Beldring. Where are you NORFOLK? WHERE? What country. Any infp appreciated for genealogy. Thanks
February 27, 2010 19:01:04 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Warren,

I do not have any listing of forenames as such - only a series of surnames indexes.
However there is an entry for the surname BELDRING to be found in the 1891 Census Names Index on this site - and you could e-mail Pat Greetham (link on various pages) to ask if she can give you more details.

There are also many entries for the surname BELDING - which are also almost all in Norwich itself, which leads me to suggest that the families may have come to Norwich as "strangers" from Flanders in the 16/18th centuries.

I am, of course, in Norfolk, England.

Regards,
Paddy

February 28, 2009 at 10.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name: Keith Newton
Email:candknewton{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Middlesbrough
Comments:Hi Paddy You are obviously a man of knowledge and we wondered if you could offer us any clues. We are looking for an ancestor by the name of Elizabeth Beekie, who gives her place of birth as Old Dereham, Norfolk somewhere around the 1850 - 70 mark. Beekie is rather an uncommon name. So far we can find no Beekies or Old Dereham anywhere on the records. Just wondered if you had any inspired thoughts. Many thanks in advance for any ideas you may have.
February 25, 2010 16:13:09 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Keith,

There aeem to be no entries for BEEKIE in the 1891 Census for Norfolk, the only census for which I have a complete index, although there was a BEEK family in Great Yarmouth.....

There are two Derehams in Norfolk - the market town of East Dereham, often just called Dereham - and the tiny vilage of West Norfolk. I have not previously heard either of them called Old Dereham - but it could be either.

Not knowing where your little information comes from I have few cues to work on, but am wondering if the surname may have been mis-read from your original information.

Regards,
Paddy

February 26, 2009 at 10.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:noreen williamson
Email:noreen.williamson{at}o2.co.uk
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
burton upon trent staffordshire
Comments:help find my grandmother and grandfather believed to have meet at docking workhouse my grandmother was pregnant and not married . her name was fanny roper. my grandfather herbert william williamson
February 24, 2010 14:14:47 (GMT Time)



Name:Paul Haistead
Email:paulhaistead{at}orange.fr
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Thorpe St Andrew NORWICH
Comments:Hi Paddy, Greeting from a cold and wet Paris.I now live near Paris, like your site , full of interesting things from someone who hails from your part of the world.. Keep up the good work. Would love to hear from anyone whe is researching the HARSTEAD/HAISTEAD's of Bunwell and district. Regards Paul
February 23, 2010 17:24:08 (GMT Time)



Name:Roger Julien
Email:kendal370{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Plymouth, devon
Comments:I am looking for any imformation on my g-grandfather Elijah Julier b. 1841 Caister, Norfolk d. 1925 dover, kent, he was a master mariner! Can find him on a ship/barque called "Wave" coming out of falmouth in 1861 when he was an able seaman. Nothing after this even though he lived to a ripe old age of 84. His spouse was Mary Ann Julier nee Garwood b. 1847 death not known! If you can help me on this it would be most appreciated! Regards, Roger Julien.
February 19, 2010 14:15:58 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Roger,

I see there was still a family named JULIER in Caister in the 1891 Census, so if you have not checked this, I should look at my names page, check the entry numbers and ask Pat Greetham (link on the page) if she will transcribe the details for you, and for both of them in earlier and later censuses 1841-1901. (These are generally indexed on ancestry.com and other family search programs).

Life details of mariners are notoriously difficult to follow, but if you can find anything more about his wife - such as when they were married (probably either in Caister or in Garwood if she was still living there at the time), and then look for her in later censuses it would surely help. Was her maiden name also JULIER?
Regards,
Paddy

February 21, 2010 at 14.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Robert Gerald Owen
Email:owenr189{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Caernarfon Gwyneddll55 1eu
Comments:Came accross this site looking for the wife`s family tree.Her grandfatherJohn Ernest Barnes,born around 1883, We are lead to belive he was born or lived in Garboldisham norfolk at this time he later marrid,Emily Annie Mathews .Who came from it`s belived Stourbridge WestMidlands Ther is a brother who moved to south wales at some time HEis called George barnes .thanks if anny one has anny info we would be very greatfull.
February 16, 2010 23:10:00 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Robert,

I see there are two families named BARNES in the 1891 Census for Garboldisham, so if you have not seen this information, I suggest you look at my Census Names index page to find the numbers of the entries and then if, as presumably you have no easy access to Norfolk Cesus information, that you send an e-mail to Pat Greetham (link on my page) to ask if she can give you the full info.

Regards, and good hunting
Paddy

February 17, 2009 at 10.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Robert Gerald Owen
Email:owenr189{at}aol.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Caernarfon Gwyneddll55 1eu
Comments:Came accross this site looking for the wife`s family tree
February 16, 2010 22:33:14 (GMT Time)



Name:Angela Spiller
Email:patsyspiller{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Cheshire
Comments:Dear Paddy, I am desperat to find out more about my father's mother, Emma Louise Drew, who died about 20 years before I was born. As far as I can find out, from a birth certificate which I am pretty sure is hers, she was illegitimate, born in Sprowston to Charlotte Drew about 1858. She appears on various censuses, but her date of birth varies slightly. On her marriage certificate whe gives a father's name, John Drew, carpenter, and I have found a possible grandfather for her on FamilySearch, Daniel Drew, who was a carpenter, so she might have used his occupation for her invented father. I just want to know if there are illegitimacy records I could look at, and if it would be at all possible to try to find out who her father was. Sorry to write so much! Can you give me any ideas? Sincerely - Angela.
February 9, 2010 17:49:19 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Angela,

The first obvious place to look would be the parish register for Sprowston, Norfolk, because if she was baptised the entry may give some more information (name of mother, and possibly of the father). This is probably available on microfich in the Norfolk Archive Centre - which is, of course, a long way from you. Your local LDS (Mormon church) probably has a family research centre, and they may be able to help you. Alternatively you could write to the incumbent of Sprowston parish - whose name you could get from the Norfolk Diocesen office. (And, of course, Daniel Drew might be her mother's father). The baptismal record would probably record her as illegitimate, but there is probably no other record.

I have no further ideas at present, but if you need any frther advice e-mail me direct.

Regards,
Paddy

February 9, 2009 at 19.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Julie
Email:Hudson
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Halton Lancashire
Comments:Hi Paddy, Its Julie from Hugh Aplins line. My emails to your address that I had have been returned and I was wondering if you had got any further with the discrepancy between our info at all? Kind regards, Julie
February 9, 2010 09:05:10 (GMT Time)



Name:Becky Shorting
Email:secretulips{at}hotmail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Kings lynn
Comments:hi, my late uncle met a historian who told him of some family history, including a coat of arms and stories of some ancestors, i dont really know where to start looking for this information. My dad is very intrested and i would like to find some things about our family to tell him, as we can no longer ask my uncle! the surname is shorting, could you please give me some advise on researching? i think my grandad henry shorting came from blakeney to lynn, but thats about as much as i have so far. thankyou for your time becky shorting
February 8, 2010 12:55:59 (GMT Time)



Name:Ian Bond
Email:iandouglasbond{at}googlemail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
East Grinstead, West Susses
Comments:I have managed to trace a relative George FULCHER, born in 1801 at Newton, Norfolk. I am not able to find this village/ parish. Are you able to point me in the right direction? Thanks
February 1, 2010 10:25:57 (GMT Time)

Reply:          Hallo Ian,

Of course, your problem may partly arise from the fact that there are a number of parishes in Norfolk either named simply Newton or having Newton as part of their name.

Is the source of your birth-date information from a baptismal record, or from a later census entry, or something else? The answer to its origin might help me to advise.

Regards,
Paddy

February 5, 2010 at 13.45 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Mrs Jeannette Briggs
Email:jeannette.briggs{at}virgin.net
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
South Woodford London E18
Comments:Hello Paddy - I am researching my husband's Briggs ancestors in Suffolk (Kersey area) but I am "stuck" in trying to find a James Briggs who was born in 1783 and who married Mary Rutterford from Thetford. She was baptised on 17 Oc 1790 in St Mary's Church Thetford. I believe she married James Briggs in Hadleigh Essex. I notice that there are Rutterford and Briggs families in the 1891 census and I did wonder if you could help me to find James Briggs born 1783 or Mary Rutterford born 1790. Thank you ! Jeannette Briggs
January 16, 2010 17:05:59 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Jeanette,

I am afraid I cannot help with anything that is not in my local database, except to offer some advice on where to continue to search.

The marriage entry is the first obvious place likely to give some information about where James hailed from. So have you consulted the parish register for Hadleigh? It is probably available in the Essex Record Office.

In the absence of such information your seach must be quite wide among parishes in the Hadleigh area - or even in Norfolk, as he may have come from some distance.
Regards,
Paddy

February 5, 2010 at 13.45 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:Christopher Ailsby
Email:chrisailsby{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Peterborough
Comments:Firstly a very fine site. Next a plee for help, do you have any information on George Hunt, he was a bricklayer and Parish cleark in SHROPHAM, as of 1881.
January 12, 2010 11:06:52 (GMT Time)



Name:graham williams
Email:grahamwilliams84{at}googlemail.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Helston,cornwall
Comments:My relatives ann wright and her husband utting were married in Fakenham around 1800.Have you any information on them please. I have just started to try and trace my family on my new laptop. Bear with me as I am 77 now and this new contraption is hard to understand. Happy new year to you. From Graham
January 11, 2010 11:10:18 (GMT Time)



Name:Jan Fortier
Email:jfortierrn{at}shaw.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
St Albert, Alberta, Canada
Comments:I'm pretty sure I've signed your guestbook before Paddy, but allow me to wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Your selfless assistance to all of us who are amateurs at this is so deeply appreciated. I've been untangling my roots since 1999 and your help has put me on the right road more than once, whether directly or not. Thank you!
January 1, 2010 18:50:54 (GMT Time)
Reply:          Hallo Jan and others who posted me New Year Greetings,

I have only just read the greetings today - as I have been most unwell, with the aftermath of a flu/cold - but the antibiotics are now just beginning to get me back to normality.

I am most touched by the number of greetings messages; I thank you all - and wish you all the very best for 2010.
Regards,
Paddy

January 10, 2009 at 12.00 hrs. (GMT Time)



Name:William H Browne
Email:bill_browne{at}shaw.ca
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Comments:
January 1, 2010 18:17:40 (GMT Time)



Name:John D Muffett
Email:john.muffett1{at}ntlworld.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Colchester Essex originally East London
Comments:I am looking into Muffetts in Norfolk
January 1, 2010 15:11:55 (GMT Time)



Name:Arthur Kemp
Email:rhubarbx2{at}yahoo.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
U.S.A
Comments:Hi Paddy, I have visited your page several times over the years. Allthough I have not found any of my ancesters I have enjoyed the content immensley. I hope you keep up the good work. My lot are CUTTINGS from the N.Walsham/Whitehorse Common, Norfolk area. Best wishes and a happy new year. Art Kemp in Florida
January 1, 2010 14:45:32 (GMT Time)



Name:William Bennett
Email:sterndale{at}sky.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Lancashire
Comments:Norfolk name interests Moyse,Moyes,Read,Randall,Pilgrim, Yarham, Dalliday,Rivett Places Wighton, Gt. Walsingham, Foulsham Themelthorpe,Felmingham
January 1, 2010 14:14:23 (GMT Time)



Name:Frank
Email:franciswoods{at}btinternet.com
HomePage:http://
Where are
you from:
Ipswich,Suffolk
Comments:Researching paternal family roots in Salhouse,Buxton areas as well as more recent forbears in Wendling & Dereham, Keep up the great work!
January 1, 2010 06:17:40 (GMT Time)