Burnham Overy, Norfolk Genealogy

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Guide to Burnham Overy, Norfolk ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Burnham Overy, Norfolk
St. Clement's, Burnham Overy Norfolk.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Brothercross
County Norfolk
Poor Law Union Docking
Registration District Docking
Records begin
Parish registers: 1653
Bishop's Transcripts: 1698
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Burnham
Diocese Norwich
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk
Location of Archive
Norfolk Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BURNHAM-OVERY (St. Clement), a parish, in the union of Docking, hundred of Brothercross, W. division of Norfolk, 1½ mile (N. E.) from BurnhamWestgate. The parish was partly annexed to the parish of Burnham-Sutton cum Burnham Ulph, in the diocese of Norwich.[1]

Burnham Overy St Clement is an Ancient Parish in the Diocese of Norwich.

Burnham Overy is a civil parish on the north coast of Norfolk, England. In modern times a distinction is often made between the two settlements of Burnham Overy Town, the original village adjacent to the parish church and now reduced to a handful of houses, and Burnham Overy Staithe, a rather larger hamlet about 1 mile (2 km) away and next to the creek-side harbour.

St. Clement's Church, on the bank of the Burn, is from the 13th century and has a Norman central tower that was lowered one storey in the 17th century. The building was originally cross-shaped with the tower at the centre. After several alterations to the layout over the years, now the large tower divides the church in two and forms a vestry.

Burnham Overy lies between the larger village of Burnham Market, less than 1 mile (2 km) to the west, and Holkham, some 3 miles (5 km) to the east. Burnham Thorpe, the birthplace of Horatio Nelson, lies 1 mile (2 km) to the south-east. According to various letters and documents, it is stated that Nelson learned to row and sail a dinghy at Burnham Overy Staithe, at the age of 10, two years before joining the Navy. The larger town of King's Lynn is 20 miles (30 km) to the south-west, whilst the city of Norwich is 30 miles (50 km) to the south-east.

For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Find Neighboring Parishes[edit | edit source]

Use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • 1837-1930 Docking

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Church of England (Anglican) became the official state religion in 1534, with the reigning monarch as its Supreme Governor.
Non-Conformist refers to all other religious denominations that are not the official state religion.

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Due to the increasing access of online records:

  • Individual parish coverage for databases in this table are inconsistent and should be verified
  • Dates in the following table are approximate

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Burnham Overy Online Parish Records
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FamilySearch Parish Registers-Norfolk
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FamilySearch Bishop's Transcripts-Norfolk
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FamilySearch Archdeacon's Transcripts-Norfolk
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Bishop's Transcripts - FamilySearch Catalog
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FreeREG
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Find My Past-Norfolk ($)
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Find My Past Bishop's Transcript-Norfolk ($)
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Ancestry Church of England-Norfolk (Early) ($)
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Ancestry Church of England-Norfolk (Transcriptions) ($)
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Ancestry-England & Wales, Birth, Christening, Marriage and Death Indexes ($)
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Databases with Known Incomplete Parish Coverage
Boyd's Marriage Indexes-FMP (Free)
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National Burial Index-FMP (Free)
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Other Websites
These databases have incomplete parish coverage.

Non-Conformists (All other Religions)[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.


Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]


Parish chest materials of Burnham-Overy, 1730-1863 Microreproduction of original records at the Norfolk Record Office, Norwich.

Norfolk Record Office nos.: PD 572/1-10, 12-13.

Rates, which are taxes, are determined by property valuation, therefore church and poor rates list owners and occupiers of properties. In some cases, they are listed alphabetically by surname.

Parish chest materials which are identified in these records as churchwardens' accounts and/or vestry minutes, can contain a variety of records including accounts, minutes, lists of parish officers, church and/or poor rates, payments made to the poor, lists of charities, donors to special collections, terriers (identification of parish boundaries and properties), description of church silver or plate, copies of wills and various other records pertaining to the history and life of the parish.

Churchwardens' accounts, etc., 1730-1864; Church rate, 1809; Overseers' accounts, 1742-1802, 1739-1743; List of poor (by surname, and number in household), and constables' accounts, 1800-1802. FHL BRITISH Film 2149114 Items 9 - 12

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Norfolk Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

1597 Subsidy Taxes: Transcribed by Geoff Lowe and housed by Norfolk Transcription Archives

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Websites[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Adapted. Accessed: 11 Feb 2013.