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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
13002
9302
71.5%
Brothercross
4143
9230
9230
100.0%
Clackclose
19826
46122
42861
92.9%
Clavering
6223
12446
8190
65.8%
Depwade
10031
20062
12602
62.8%
Diss
9300
18600
15335
82.4%
Earsham
8141
16282
14154
86.9%
Erpingham North
10493
20986
17916
85.4%
Erpingham South
14112
28224
27765
98.4%
Eynsford
11917
23834
18639
78.2%
Flegg
7156
14312
13476
94.2%
Forehoe
13838
27676
22318
80.6%
Freebridge Lynn
23714
54389
49119
90.3%
Freebridge Marshland
10910
21820
21185
97.1%
Gallow
9005
18010
16577
92.0%
Great Yarmouth
23231
61082
59184
96.9%
Grimshoe
6156
13044
12764
97.9%
Guiltcross
6511
12616
12616
100.0%
Happing
6446
12892
10001
77.6%
Henstead
5390
11124
10777
96.9%
Holt
10749
21498
19551
90.9%
Humbleyard
5257
10514
9876
93.9%
Launditch
16570
33140
29412
88.8%
Loddon
7260
14520
8836
60.9%
Mitford
7449
14898
10114
67.9%
North Greenhoe
10423
20846
19407
93.1%
Norwich
58382
116764
86214
73.8%
Shropham
8704
16963
16963
100.0%
Smithdon
8207
20544
20392
99.3%
South Greenhoe
10174
20348
17858
87.8%
Taverham
8028
16056
14335
89.3%
Thetford
3462
6833
6833
100.0%
Tunstead
12009
24018
18462
76.9%
Walsham
4972
9664
9664
100.0%
Wayland
6824
15410
14388
93.4%
Totals
391514
817578
706316
86.4%

 

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