Research and Publications


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Secret Norwich (2018)

Currently due to be published on 15 March 2018, Secret Norwich, my next book with Amberley, includes seven themed chapters exploring some of my favourite lesser-known aspects of the city's history. I hope it will highlight stories and sources not published before and provide an interesting read for locals and visitors alike. 

The book is already available for preorder through online bookshops and will be available locally and through myself.

One-Name Study (2017)

I launched in early 2017 and aim to develop it over the next few years.

One-Place Study (2017)

Similarly, came into being in 2017. This too will be developed over the coming years - toddlers allowing!

Suffolk Maps (2015)

Created for her own research, these useful parish maps can be downloaded from the resources page.

The Moated Grange (2015)

Elizabeth supported the author, Elaine Murphy, in the research for this publication, which also features two chapters on her own ancestors. The book focuses on the story of south Norfolk through the owners and occupiers of one home.

Researching your World War One Ancestors (2014)

A guide to finding out more about your First World War ancestors, written in partnership with colleagues. Available for purchase in Norfolk libraries and museums, or downloadable from the Norfolk Record Office website.

Please note that since 2014 some websites, prices have changed and additional record sets have become accessible in n

Disaster, Resistance and Consequence (2014)

Anti-vaccinators in Norwich 1882-1885: Who were they and how were they punished?

Elizabeth's MSc dissertation. Elizabeth is regularly giving talks on this subject, so get in touch if you'd like to know more.

As part of the project she transcribed nearly 5000 individual vaccination register entries for Norwich between 1882 and 1885. 

Diss and District Through Time (2012)

An addition to Amberley's well known series, this is available in all good bookshops, and you can also borrow it from your Norfolk library.

Magazine articles

In 2014 Elizabeth wrote a 'Focus On' piece for Who Do You Think You Are? magazine about Section 62 parish emigration, using an example from Winfarthing, Norfolk. You can also hear her on the WDYTYA? September 2014 podcast (available here: 

Newspaper column

Elizabeth previously wrote a newspaper column for the Diss Express, examples of which can be found on the web.

Other Research

Copies of research projects, including a study of Assisted Emigration in Norfolk 1836-7 and another on illegitimacy and bastardy records in Shipdham, 1785-1834, are lodged at Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Heritage Centre. 


"A novice explorer in house history needs a guide and good companion, and there could be no finer than Elizabeth Budd, nee Walne…she nailed down ancestors, their later descendants, and unearthed so much more than I ever would have alone. Elizabeth has done all the basic slog of tracking the documentation through Elizabethan time to the twentieth century…I simply could not have written this book without her and my expression of thanks is bound to be inadequate."
“Your Local History provided an efficient yet friendly professional service handling potentially difficult family issues sensitively. I am delighted with the book, which is backed up with detailed due diligence and research. The photographs really bring to life the different locations. An excellent record of past generations, not just who they were but where they lived and what they did. Totally fascinating and a great record for future generations. Thank you so much for all your hard work, I will be recommending your service to other friends seeking to investigate their past.”