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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
8994
69.2%
Brothercross
4143
8286
4991
60.2%
Clackclose
19826
39652
36617
92.3%
Clavering
6223
12446
7879
63.3%
Depwade
10031
20062
8597
39.0%
Diss
9300
18600
13826
74.3%
Earsham
8141
16282
12003
73.7%
Erpingham North
10493
20986
14679
70.0%
Erpingham South
14112
28224
25065
88.8%
Eynsford
11917
23834
16665
69.9%
Flegg
7156
14312
11363
79.4%
Forehoe
13838
27676
19963
72.1%
Freebridge Lynn
23714
47428
25796
54.4%
Freebridge Marshland
10910
21820
19476
89.3%
Gallow
9005
18010
15279
84.9%
Great Yarmouth
23231
61082
59082
96.7%
Grimshoe
6156
12312
9131
74.2%
Guiltcross
6511
12616
12616
100.0%
Happing
6446
12892
5723
44.4%
Henstead
5390
11124
10777
96.9%
Holt
10749
21498
15068
70.1%
Humbleyard
5257
10514
8498
80.8%
Launditch
16570
33140
23021
69.5%
Loddon
7260
14520
7745
53.3%
Mitford
7449
14898
6712
45.0%
North Greenhoe
10423
20846
17171
82.4%
Norwich
58382
116764
60753
52.0%
Shropham
8704
17408
16354
93.9%
Smithdon
8207
20544
18820
91.6%
South Greenhoe
10174
20348
14975
73.6%
Taverham
8028
16056
13075
81.4%
Thetford
3462
6924
3746
54.1%
Tunstead
12009
24018
15958
66.4%
Walsham
4972
9944
7797
78.4%
Wayland
6824
13648
12020
88.1%
Totals
391514
801657
580225
72.4%

 

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