Tracing your Family Tree in Ludham

Of all the enquiries we get at the Ludham Archive, questions about tracing your ancestors back to Ludham are the most common. We are always glad to help if we can and this is why we have created this section of our website which we hope you will find to be a useful resource. Do let us know if you have any suggestions for things to put in this section. 




Use the buttons above to explore the rest of the Ludham Archive website.




Use the buttons on the left to navigate to the different sections of our Family Tree resources.
Please note that the Parish Records button takes you to an external website where we do not control the content.


The Parish Records are a great place to start. Here you can find records of baptisms, marriages and deaths.
There was a time when the Parish Records lived in a tin chest in the church, but those days are long gone. Now the Ludham Parish Records are at the Public Record Office in Norwich, and that is the place where you must start your search. Until recently, this meant having to travel to Norwich in person, but now, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, you can search the Parish Records on-line by using the FreeReg website.


Gravestones are a great resource and a source of all sorts of useful information. However, not everyone can make a personal visit. If you would like to know if your ancestor is buried in the churchyard, we have added an alphabetical index to this website.
Please remember, this is a list of all the graves with stones, crosses, mounds and other monuments. There are other people buried in the churchyard who have unmarked graves. Not everyone could afford a stone in the past as they were expensive items.
Once you have found a grave in the index, you can see a photograph of it in our Graves Photographs Section. If you need a high resolution photograph, just send us an e-mail. Details on our Home Page.
We also have details of all the inscriptions on the stones. These are not currently on-line, so just send us an e-mail if you need information.


For some Ludham Families we have specific information which may be helpful in your research.Click the button above to see if your family is included.




We are happy to help if we can. The local historians sometimes like a challenge. If you have a question, please go to our home page where you will find our e-mail address. You are welcome to send us an e-mail and we will see if the Ludham Archive contains anything of help to you.

Since we created this website, the Ludham Archive has helped many families with their researches. In return, they have supplied us with lots of family information which we are now able to pass on. If you have any information about Ludham family history, please think about sending it to us so we can include it. We do have other information which is not on the website so feel free to ask us if we know anything more.

The Ludham Archive has been approached by organisations wanting to sell the Graves Survey. There is absolutely no need to part with any money, just ask us instead.


Census information is normally the best place to start. You will need an account at the Ancestry website to do this. Generally speaking, it is from the census records that people find out that their ancestors came from Ludham.

Searching Parish Records

To do this go to the FreeReg site and start searching. (The Parish records button on this page will take you straight there).
You can browse actual images of the records at Family Search - Record Search  You will have to sign up then follow the instructions. Again the site has nothing to do with the Ludham Archive Group.
We find these searches don't always give a result, so don't assume the information is not there if you do not see it.

The Graves Survey

In 1980, the Women's Institute (WI)  carried out a survey of all the grave stones and monuments in the churchyard at St Catherine's Ludham. However, over the last 30 years, this survey has got out of date. So during 2008, the Ludham Archive Group carried out a new survey. We photographed all the stones and recorded and updated the inscriptions.
From this we have produced a book which is available in the Church for you to use when you visit. St Catherine's is open daily and a visit is surely the best way to carry out your research.
The survey was further revised and updated in May 2014.
Don't forget to check the Genes Reunited website to see if any relevant family trees have been posted there.