Online Research Guide for participants

Accessing Sites as explained in group on Thursday 14th June

by Alison Gunnell,

Accessing Library services:

Type – Norfolk Library services – into google.

The link you want to click says:

Library services – Norfolk County Council

The page will load to look like this:

To search the catalogue for the collections that are available at the Library. Click on “Search the Catalogue” (1).

Searches you might want to try:

  • Norfolk lunatic asylum
  • Norwich lunatic asylum
  • Thorpe St. Andrew Hospital.
  • St. Andrew’s Asylum.

To request a item out of the stack you fill out a slip available at the desk with:

Title (a), Date (b) and Call number (c).


To use the services that are available like “Find my Past”, click on the “Library information Services and online resources”. (2)


If you then scroll down you can see a list of resources that are available from home:

Or from Library’s:

This is the link you would use for the Find my past site at the Library as they have a paid subscription.


Accessing Archive services:

Type – Norfolk Record Office – into google.

The link you want to click says:

Norfolk Record Office – Home

The page will load to look like this:

Click on “research guides” (4) which is the 6th link on the left had side.

Then select the last link on the list: “Welfare, hospitals and the medical profession.”  Followed by the top link on the list: “St Andrew’s Hospital Patient Records.


This brings up a list of all the documents that are available at the record office. This was also given as a hand out in group and looks like this:

To Access NROCAT, which is the online catalogue and can be accesses at home, through the Record Office Website Click the link (5).

It looks like this:

Click on “Quick Search” (a). Type in “SAH” and this will bring up a list of all the records available for St Andrews Hospital.

They said that the “minutes” might be interesting to look at as these are the record of all meetings.

Accessing Find my Past from Library site:

Click the link shown before on the first page for Library services (2), then scroll down and click on link for Find My Past (3). This opens a drop down and you click on the first words which say Find My Past. It will look like this once loaded:

It was advised that you register to make it easier to use. So either register if it’s the first use or sign in (a)

You can use the Search all records and input information in the boxes to left (b) or Click on Search (c).

Click on Search (c) will bring up a drop down of options:

The best records to use are Births, Marriages, Deaths & Parish records (d)


Census, land & surveys (e).

Or again you can look at all records from here (f).

I have selected Births, Marriages, Deaths & Parish records as an example:

Enter details that you have like: First name, Last name, Year of birth, etc.

You will get a list that looks like this:

These symbols tell you what you can see of the document:

(a) is a transcript of the text.

(b) is a copy of the original document.

(a) Will look something like this

(b) Will look something like this:

This is only a basic guide for you to use as a starting point. Hopefully this will make research less daunting to complete. So good luck and enjoy your self.