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The period 1813 to 1880 was chosen for two main reasons:-

1) The records are generally written in a modern hand and in a tabular format
2) Although civil registration was introduced in 1837 it did not become compulsory until 1875 and many, many Family Historians become stuck with ancestors born after civil registration commenced but who's birth was not registered.

Tinstaafl ("There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch") Transcripts is a pseudonym as the author presently prefers to remain anonymous. The choice of the name reflects the philosophy that in this life you seldom get something for nothing. The author is prepared to put in effort to progress this project in the hope that others will benefit. In return there is the hope that similar projects may be inspired in other areas and periods. The author dreams of the day when all this data is in electronic format and freely available to all.

The author recognises the project is enormous and will probably never be complete - but like water dripping on a stone time will wear away the task.

Early indications are that there is a correlation between the number of individuals in the census of 1831 and the approximate number of baptisms, the ratio hovering around a figure of 2 baptisms per citizen extant in 1831. Using this measure the current progress can be measured against the population of the parishes transcribed:-

 

Hundred
Population in 1831
Estimated Number of Baptisms
Number of Baptisms transcribed
Percentage Complete
Blofield
6501
11314
11314
100.0%
Brothercross
4143
9230
9230
100.0%
Clackclose
19826
48409
48409
100.0%
Clavering
6223
12265
12265
100.0%
Depwade
10031
16243
16243
100.0%
Diss
9300
19049
19049
100.0%
Earsham
8141
15602
15602
100.0%
Erpingham North
10493
20797
20797
100.0%
Erpingham South
14112
28888
28888
100.0%
Eynsford
11917
20220
20220
100.0%
Flegg
7156
16091
16091
100.0%
Forehoe
13838
22768
22768
100.0%
Freebridge Lynn
23714
58524
58474
99.9%
Freebridge Marshland
10910
26254
26254
100.0%
Gallow
9005
18899
18899
100.0%
Great Yarmouth
23231
60507
60507
100.0%
Grimshoe
6156
13644
13502
99.0%
Guiltcross
6511
12616
12616
100.0%
Happing
6446
13523
13523
100.0%
Henstead
5390
11188
11188
100.0%
Holt
10749
20701
20701
100.0%
Humbleyard
5257
10280
10280
100.0%
Launditch
16570
33140
30749
100.0%
Loddon
7260
12795
12795
100.0%
Mitford
7449
14707
14070
100.0%
North Greenhoe
10423
20337
20337
100.0%
Norwich
58382
116764
98574
84.4%
Shropham
8704
16963
16963
100.0%
Smithdon
8207
20728
20728
100.0%
South Greenhoe
10174
22842
22842
100.0%
Taverham
8028
15697
15697
100.0%
Thetford
3462
6833
6833
100.0%
Tunstead
12009
19113
19113
100.0%
Walsham
4972
9664
9664
100.0%
Wayland
6824
15410
15406
99.9%
Totals
391514
810301
790585
97.6%

 

The author will tackle this task each event at a time in a random fashion, data-sets have been sequence selected by random number so if you are looking for patterns there should be none - and if the parish you are interested in hasn't been done, check periodically it may appear.

Data will be uploaded usually on a weekly basis provided a period of 10 years is complete (5 years in larger parishes). Absences due to holidays and business may account for gaps in uploads.

All correspondence should be through Tinstaafl Transcripts