Norfolk Jurisdictions

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Jurisdictions in England are divided into multiple levels, and documents useful for genealogy research may be found at each individual level.

The smallest division, the parish, is determined upon where your ancestor resided. A list of Norfolk parishes can be found here.

Parishes group together and form a "deanery" (deaconry). There can be multiple deaneries in one county.

Just like parishes can be grouped together, so can deaneries. When this happens, an "archdeanery" (archdeaconry) is formed. Norfolk's archdeaconry is called the "Archdeaconry of Norfolk."

A diocese is formed from multiple archdeaconries. Most of Norfolk is covered by the Diocese of Norwich.

An archdiocese is formed from multiple diocese. An archdiocese is often referred to as a "Province." There are only two archdiocese in England: the Province of York and the Province of Canterbury. Norfolk is part of the Province of Canterbury.