Devon Family History, Genealogy and Family Tree Research Links

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Devon Family History Society

Devon Family History Society  The first choice place to go for researching your Devon Ancestors. Provides a fantastic quarterly newsletter and access to some invaluable publications.

The Devon FHS WWW Board  The Devon Family History Society’s excellent and active message board.

Records Offices & Archives

There are three Records Offices within the County of Devon.  They are:

Great Moor House,
Bittern Road,
Exeter, Devon, 
Tel: 01392 384253
Unit 3, Clare Place,
Plymouth, Devon, PL4 OJW
Tel: 01752 305940
North Devon Library and Record Office,
Tuly Street,
Barnstaple, Devon,
EX32 7EJ
Tel: 01271 388607/388608

Census Returns

1911 Devon Census

1901 Devon Census

1891 Devon Census

1881 Devon Census

1871 Devon Census

1861 Devon Census

1851 Devon Census

1841 Devon Census

Vistitation Records

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, Heralds’ Visitation with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531

The Visitations of Devon A part transcript comprising the Herald’s Visitations of 1531, 1564, and 1620, with additions by Lieut-Col J.L. Vivian.

Nobility & Gentry

Seats of the Nobility, Clergy and Gentry in Devonshire

Wills & Probate

Will, Probate and Administration documents of Devonshire people.

Antiquarian Groups

Western Antiquary Notes & Queries. A part transcript of the Devon and Cornwall note-book.


Historical Directories web site have a number of directories relating to Devon online, including: Kelly’s, Pigot, Slater, etc.


Family Deeds website – Link to the Devon Deeds by location page.


A Devon History Selection

A Genealogist’s Devon Connection

Admissions to Devon County Lunatic Asylum, 1880-81

Ashburton; Bounties to Seamen 1793

Bankrupt Directory 1820-1843

Braunton Seamen 1845-50

Canada; Devon names in Surrogate Court index of Ontario, Canada, 1859-1900

Clawton; Name index to the book: “A history of Clawton”

Clovelly vessels registered at Bideford (1786-1823)

Cyndi’s List – Devon

Dartmouth Archives  Dartmouth history and family history with online resources.

Devon and Exeter Oath Rolls, 1723  The names of over 25,000 Devonians, amounting to some one in five of the population in that year.

Devon Convicts Transported to Australia 1782-1821

Devon Feet of Fines (Land Conveyances) for 1369-1509

Devon Freeholders, 1711-1799

Devon Inhabitants (over 7000 ;pre 1835) Download

Devon Indexing Project  A name index from Books relating to Devonshire

Devon Message Board

Devon Entries in the Domesday Book  Records from the year 1086

Devon, England Visitation, 1620 

Devon Heritage  A growing database of Devonshire local and family history transcriptions and source material.

Devon Huegenots

Devon Names in the Calendars of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1383-1700

Devon Online Parish Clerks  Introduction to Online Parish Clerks, and how to contact them.

Devon Obituaries; From the Gentleman’s Magazine for 1840 , 1841 & 1842 by William Cooke.

Devon Parish and Probate Records 73,900 records including baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists and wills.

Devon Wills and Admons (Probate)

Devonshire men classified as “Ignoble Omnes” by William Camden in 1620

Devonshire Names 1829 extracted from Clerical Guide or Ecclesiastical Directory 1829 by Michael Steer.

Exeter Memories  Informative Exeter site, with some fascinating historical facts, and a wealth of pictures and topics.

Footprints, A Step Back in Time! this site has online records including parish register extractions, directories, 1901 census transcriptions and war memorials.

Friends of Devon’s Archives

Genealogy of the UK – Devon 

Genogold Databases  Includes online transcriptions of Parish Registers for Devon parishes of Hartland, Clovelly and Parkham.

Genuki’s pages for Devon; Genuki is the largest collection of research information on the net for UK & Ireland.

Hartland; Parishioners seated in St Nectan’s Church, 1613

High Sheriffs of Devon, 1154 – 1472

Hugh Wallis’s Batch Numbers IGI for Devon  Search the IGI by Devon Parish.

IGI Middle Names Index for Exeter

Index  to Stewart’s North Devon Handbook (pub. Ilfracombe, c. 1875)

Indictable Offences 1745 -1782  from the Devon Quarter Sessions Records by Brian Brassett

Jewish; Westcountry Jewish Wills

Jews in North Devon During the Second World War

Medical licences issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury 1535-1775

Name index to “Westcountry Poets” 1896

Name Index to “West Country Preachers” – A History of the Bible Christians 1805-1907

Northam Tithe Apportionments (1838)

North Devon Exodus Database Lists surnames of those known to have emigrated to North America from North Devon in the nineteenth century.

North Devon Papists and Delinquents 1648

Parish Registers at Devon Record Office  A List of the Parish Registers that are held at the Devon Record Office.

Pre-1841 Devon Censuses and Population Listings  Genuki’s guide to the surviving pre-1841 Devonshire Censuses.

Parishes of the South Hams, Devon 

Peter Tavy Genealogy 

Petrockstowe One Place Genealogy Homepage

Petrockstowe; Church of Saint Petroc Rectors 1270-2000

Plymouth Data  Invaluable archive of historical data on Plymouth.

Plymouth & South West Devon – a Genealogical Miscellany


Moretonhampstead History Society  An archive of Births, Marriages and Burials, Directories and Census returns.

Registration Districts in Devon  Genuki list of civil registration districts from 1837-1974.

Ray Osborn’s South Hams Pages  A collection of indexes and census transcripts, with a free look-up service for some records in the South Hams of Devon

Rootschat – Devon


Roy Parkhouse’s Genealogy Site  Transcriptions of Parish Registers for Upottery.

Sandford;  A List of Names of People living in Sandford 1790, 1793 & 1800

Shirley Turner’s Devon Genealogy Pages  Covers the parishes of Colebrooke, Clannaborough, Copplestone and Coleford.  Also caters for the families of Hawkins, Turner and Perryman.

South Hams Mailing List  A message board with searchable database for South Hams Family History Researchers.

Sue Davey’s Devon Parishes  Includes parish register extracts.  Also includes information for Heard researchers.

Sue Davey’s 1901 Census Extracts  Includes Transcriptions of parts of the 1901 Census for Mid-Devon Parishes.

Sue Froud’s Family History Pages  Surname sources and transcriptions for parishes to the West of Exeter around Dunsford and Ide.

Surnames from “The North Devon Hand Book”,1875

Surnames from “Devonshire Characters and  Strange Events” by S. Baring-Gould

Sutcombe Village Records

Sutcombe 1845 Land Tax

Stone and Quarry Men of the West Country 

The Huguenots of Devonshire

The Herald’s Visitations of Devon of 1531, 1564 & 1620

Templeton  Great Family History information about this mid-Devon parish.

Terry Leaman’s Torbay Site  Census and Directory Transcriptions, Family Trees, and other material mainly related to Torbay, from another Online Parish Clerk.

Torquay- Terry Leaman’s Website has censuses, directories, memorials  for Torquay

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser is being transcribed and put online from 1836

West Country Newspapers Index about 25,000 names covering Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, from eight newspapers, during the period 1770-1835

Who’s Who in Devonshire 1934



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