CD ROM No 3. East Rudham, Norfolk, Baptisms 1725-1900
The transcription of St Mary, East Rudham baptisms are based on the Parish registers and transcribed in the order in which they appear in the register. They are generally in date order, but there are some which appear to be out of order. They have been recorded by us "as is". We have transcribed all the names as they have been recorded themselves, or appear to have been recorded.
Some of these baptism records are very difficult to read, and it is inevitable that there are errors in it, despite great care being taken to get the information correct in the first place.
Some of the handwriting in the registers leaves a great deal to be desired, and there are many instances where we have had to rely on either the Archdeacon's or Archbishop's transcripts for clarification on a name. The Archdeacon's transcripts generally have better writing, but unfortunately, neither these or the Archbishop's transcripts are available for the whole period covered.
If you have ever looked at these East Rudham Parish Register's you will understand the problem. For accuracy purposes we also checked a few years of our transcriptions against another well know transcription, and somewhat worrying we discovered that the other transcription had a lot less entries that our own. Further investigation revealed that the other transcription simply ignored anything that was difficult to read !
On the CD ROM you will find both Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) and MS Excel spreadsheets. The Excel file can be manipulated to a certain extent, although there are limitations in MS Excel sorting dates before 1900 without additional software being downloaded.
This CD ROM contains much more than just Baptisms, and the Transcriber has added a great deal more information. It's quite likely that besides baptism details you will see marriage, death, burial and monumental inscription details as well. Not everyone has addition information attached to them, but a great many do. It should be possible in some instances to build up a picture of several generations. If you are seeking additional information on anyone, you need to refer to the MS Excel files. The Adobe Acrobat files only contain the Baptism transcriptions.
As a bonus we have now added hundreds of newspaper transcripts regarding East Rudham people from about 1800, virtually to date to this CD, at no additional cost. (If you have already purchased the original copy from us we will be sending you the new version shortly for free. If you haven’t received this by the end of January 2015, please let us know.) These have been added in both MS Word, and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf ) format.
These transcripts are a wonderful resource to add some additional material to your tree. They might cover court cases, bankruptcy, birth, marriage or death notices (great for getting the actual date) etc.
There are some amusing reports for example, of a group returning home after a visit to a local hostelry and trying to jump all the fences and walls on the way home as if it were a steeplechase race. There are also some tragic reports of deaths due to a farm boiler exploding. These are all facts which are otherwise difficult to obtain, and may well tie up loose ends in your research. Other reports will state a person as being, for example “the only daughter”, or “a 2nd son” which can be invaluable when you are unsure how many children a family may have had.