~ Main Genealogy Links ~
Devon Record Office provide a page on the sources of materials available for
those wishing to trace their Devon Ancestry:
History So whether you are new to researching your family history or
an experienced genealogist this is a useful place to start.
is a wonderful site, providing a wealth of information for genealogists
researching their ancestry. GENUKI-Devon is
hosted by Brian Randell and through
Devon Towns and Parishes you can find lots of links to information for a
specific parish, along with transcribed material.
Here you can also find the
Devon Gazetteer, an index constructed from the names of hamlets, farms,
houses, inns, etc from Peskett's "Guide to the Parish and Non-Parochial
Registers of Devon and Cornwall 1538-1837" and Whites (1850) "History,
Gazetteer and Directory of Devonshire".
Online Parish Clerk Project is co-ordinated by Deborah O'Brien. OPC
stands for Online Parish Clerks and these people are volunteers who have adopted a specific parish and will do free look-ups from
records that they have accumulated.
If you are looking for a researcher to help you with your Devon ancestors, each of the Record Offices either have their own researchers,
or hold lists of researchers. Contact details for each office are shown below.
The Devon County Record Office website provides a list of
Parish Registers and also a Map of the Devon Parishes.
List of Devon Parish, Non-Parochial and Civil Registers
of Devon Parishes
Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
Record Office (GRO) holds all Birth, Marriage and Death
Certificates since registration began on the 1st July 1837. You can find
full details on their website of all the records that they hold, including how
to obtain certificates for a BMD that took place overseas, along with adoption
records too. Please note that the GRO also offer an Online Certificate
Ordering Service - you can find the link from their index page.
- Free BMD - An
ongoing project providing transcriptions of the General Register Office (GRO)
Index. More transcribers are sought for this project, so if you could
help, please visit the Transcribers section of this website.
- 1837 Online - Scans of the General Register Office
Index (fee payable to view)
Districts in Devon - GENUKI provides a list of the Registration
Districts in Devon and the places each covers.
- Information contained within Birth, Marriage and
Death Certificates - Compiled by Norman Buckley.
- UK BDM Exchange -
Details of nearly 50,000 Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates and the
details of their submitter's. Also baptisms, marriages and burials
- UK BMD - Not to be
confused with the BDM Exchange above. The UK BMD website provides links to on-line
resources for genealogists researching births, marriages and deaths for
the UK. There are also links to websites containing transcriptions of
parish registers for various counties including Devon.
Government Related Offices and Websites
- Access to Archives (A2A) - This is a database containing
indexes of the catalogue entries
submitted by Record Offices in England. You can search the indexes for
your surname interests and find records such as Apprenticeship Records,
Bastardy Bonds, Orders and Examinations, Resettlement Orders and Wills, to
name but a few. Many of the Record Offices will send the relevant
papers to you by post, for a small fee, if you provide them with the
catalogue reference. Contact details for each of the Devon Record Offices are
Online - Provided by the Public Record Office, an index of all the
digitalised images that they hold for both academic and genealogical
resources. Some of the records you will find include Wills between 1384
and 1858. You can search the indexes for free, but a charge is made to
download anything that you find of interest.
- Family Records
Consortium - This site aims to help you find sources or family history
research and is divided into two main sections: Topics and Partners.
- The National
Archives - This is a new Organisation launched in April 2003 and is an
amalgamation of the Public Record Office (PRO)
and Historical Manuscripts
Commission (HMC) - links to both sites can be found from the National
- Contact Details for Departments and Projects at the PRO
and Probate Records
Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS)
Mormon Church provide a wonderful site with lots of valuable information for
genealogists, around the world. Their site includes Ancestral files
submitted by members of the Church and the International Genealogy Index (IGI).
The IGI contains transcriptions of baptisms and
marriages from various parish registers, along with entries submitted by members
if the church. Note that only about 60% of Devon Parish Registers were
transcribed between various dates.
Devon Record Office provide a page on the
International Genealogy Index (IGI) with further information useful to
Hugh Wallis has provided the following two sites to compliment the IGI:
A Census has been taken every ten years in England and Wales since 1801, with
the exception of 1941. Most of the very early censuses were simply
head-counts, so of little use to us. Those from 1841 recorded individuals
who were living in each household. The
Family Records Centre provide a fact sheet on the Census Returns explaining the
information you can expect to find in them. Click on the PDF link on the
left, to open the link.
Archive CD Books has scanned the original census
enumerator's books for various counties including the Devon 1841, 1861
and 1871 Census and reproduced them on CD-rom to view with Adobe Acrobat
Reader. They are available as complete county sets, or for the Devon
1841 and 1871 they can be purchased as individual CD's, divided into
Ancestry.com - Ancestry has scanned and indexed the 1841-1901 Census
Returns for England, Wales, the Isle of Mann and the Channel Islands. To view these
returns requires either a monthly or annual subscription to the UK and Ireland Records
collection. Alternatively you can buy 10 credits which are valid for 14
Census Devon, Norfolk and Warickshire - CD available from Latter
Day Saints (LDS) which contains a searchable database of transcriptions of
this Census. Please note that this link will take you to a page of World
Wide Distribution Centres giving details on how you can contact distributors
in your country of residence.
Census for Devon - Joint transcription project by Devon Family History
Society and FreeCen. Details of the project can be found
1871 Census for Devon - See links above
for Archive CD Books and Ancestry.com.
Census for United Kingdom - Online at the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Family
Search site, also available to purchase as a CD set from the LDS.
1891 Census for Devon -
A searchable database provided by FreeCen. Full details of the projects
progress for Devon can be found
Census for England and Wales - Provided by the Public Record Office.
You can search the indexes for free but will need to pay to view the images.
Devon Census Transcriptions - Transcriptions of whole pages from the
Devon 1901 Census contributed by other Devon Researchers.
- 1901 Left-Overs
- Transcriptions of pages from the 1901 Census for England and Wales
contributed by other researchers.
- Map of Devon Parishes - Provided by Devon County Record Office.
Saxon England - Provides map of early dioceses and discussion of
history, religion and language in Saxon England.
- Providing maps in various detail.
Devon - Lots of links to old maps of Devon.
- Providing modern day maps to everywhere in the world.
- Old-Maps.co.uk -
Landmark and Ordnance Survey providing historical maps for the for the
United Kingdom... find where your ancestors used to live!
- Ordnance Survey -
Britains National Mapping Agency.
- Providing modern day maps for the United Kingdom.
Personal Devon Websites
Genealogists Devon Connection - Hosted by Shirley Turner and
containing lots of information for Devon.
- Debbi and
Friends - A forum dedicated to those researching their Devon
Devon History Selection - John Lerwill's pages dedicated to Devon.
Littleham (near Bideford) - Liz Shakespeare has published two books on the
parish of Littleham (near Bideford), which may be of interest to those with
ancestors from this parish. Indexes of surnames and place-names are
provided at Liz's website:
and also through those added at GENUKI shown by the book titles below.
L. Shakespeare (1990) "The
Memory Be Green: An Oral History of a Devon Village", Letterbox Books.
"The Memory Be Green" is a twentieth century oral history.
L. Shakespeare (2005) "Fever:
A Story from a Devon Churchyard", Letterbox Books. [ISBN: 0-9516879-1-3]
"Fever" is an investigation into a 1871 Scarlet Fever epidemic.
One Place Genealogy - Contains a wealth of information for the area
including Parish and Census records
- Plymouth Data
- Brian Moseley has spent over 40 years researching the history of Plymouth
and his website contains a wealth of information covering the "Three Towns" of
old Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse (commonly known as Stonehouse), along with the ancient parishes
of St. Budeaux, Eggbuckland and Tamerton Foliot. This website also
contains a very useful
Street Index covering the ancient parishes of Charles, St. Andrew's, Stoke
Damerel and East Stonehouse.
Hams Family History - Roy Osborn's website is dedicated to the South
Hams area of Devon, roughly bounded by Dartmoor, the sea and the River Erme
and River Dart. It contains a collection of indexes, census
transcriptions and a free look-up service of church registers for most of the
parishes within the ancient district of South Hams. A list of the
parishes covered can be found
- Barbara Lupton's lovely website dedicated to the parish of Templeton. This is a work
in progress tracing the people that lived in the parish, from where they came
and where they went. Currently there's lots of information on families
that lived there during the mid-C19th, although now this is expanding into both the C18th and C20th.
- United Kingdom
Genealogy (includes Devon) - Hosted by Nigel Batty-Smith. Includes scans
from Devon and Cornwall Record Society's publications of Registers of Exeter
Cathedral, Parracombe (1597-1836), Plymtree (1538-1837) and also the
Visitations of Devon. Nigel is transcribing WHITE's (1878) Devonshire
Directory and will be adding The Western Antiquary (11 Volumes) in due
course. With links relating to genealogy in other parts of the UK and a
message board to share your research interests for Devon and other counties.
Family Trees Online
Travel and Tourism
County Councils in Devon
Medical Terms for Genealogists - By Dr. Paul Smith
Counties, Parishes etc for Genealogists - By Jim Fisher
British Origins -
This website gives access to records held by the Society of Genealogists.
Collections cover the period 1267-1910 and include the England & Wales 1841 &
1871 Census, Boyd's Marriage Index, Bank of England Wills, Apprenticeship
records, Militia Attestations, to name but a few. Please note that this
site requires a subscription to view records, but hard copies of some records
can be ordered from the Society of Genealogists.
- Commonwealth War Graves
Commission - WWI and WWII memorial list for those that fought in these
- Cyndi's List of
Genealogy Sites on the Internet - A vast collection of genealogy links
to help with researching your family history.
Library of Historical Directories - A free to view collection provided
by Leicester University, containing digital reproductions of Trade
Directories for England and Wales, covering the eighteenth, nineteenth and
early twentieth century.
- The Domesday Book - Includes
sections on The Domesday Story, Landowners, Place Name Origins, etc.
- Over 21,000 links for researching your ancestors in the United
Kingdom, Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Words in Parish Registers - Rod Neep provides a very useful guide to
understanding very early Parish Registers.
- Military History and
Researching Military Ancestors - A wonderful site, hosted by T. F.
Mills, containing a wealth of information on Military History.
Parish (New Orleans, Louisiana) - Rootsweb website containing records
from the Lunatic Asylum and Charity Hospital in New Orleans during the
1840's. One record in particular may be of interest for those
researching the name of FITZALLAN or FITZELLAN. For details on this
record, please click here
Massachusetts, US - A website dedicated to the past, present and future of
Plymouth, MA in the US with information on the Mayflower and the early Pilgrim
settlers that sailed from Plymouth, Devon to the New World in 1620.
Genealogists and Genealogy Research Directory - Helping you to find
researchers around the world.
Professions, Occupations and Trades - Compiled by John Hitchcock
and Quarrymen of the West Country - Genealogical index of Stone Workers
and related occupations, of people who worked in the West Country.
This wonderful collection has been compiled by Joan Taber.
Parish Registers - Rod Neep provides a guide to transcribing parish
registers with a downloadable Microsoft Access Database to store your
Country Name Indexes - Newspaper Indexes, West Country Watch and
Clockmakers, Migrants from the West Country who joined Cardiff and Glamorgan
Police Force, to name but some of the wonderful indexes of names that have
been transcribed by Paul Mansfield. Lots of names for Devon - so worth
Research Guides for Tracing your Ancestors
Resources for Sale
- Ambra Books
- Ivor Cornish. Established 1972. Local history items bought and sold.
- Archive CD Books
- Providing a vast array of genealogical material on CD, available to
purchase, of things like old books, documents and maps, Trade Directories and
- GenFair - One stop
shop from the Federation of Family History Societies, with over 12,000
items from more than 100 suppliers of Family and Local History publications.
- A website for reuniting family heirlooms with present generations, so if
you have a family heirloom and would like to reunite it with its rightful
family, or want to go in search of some for your own family, then this is
the site to visit.
World Distribution Centres - The Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS)
have a wide selection of Family History products available to purchase on CD-rom.
These can be ordered through the World Distribution Centres, divided into
Country lists. To give some idea of the products available, you can
click on the PDF icon on the right. This was a UK product list correct
as of April 2004. Please contact your local World Distribution Centre
for up to date product availability and pricing.
- Letterbox Books - Liz Shakespeare
has published two books on the parish of Littleham (near Bideford) which can
be ordered through her website. You can find more details on these
- S & N
Genealogy Supplies - Providing Family History Software and Data CD's to
help with researching your ancestry.
- Society of Genealogists
Publications and Products - Genealogy materials available from the
Society of Genealogists.
Stones - Trade Directories and Censuses scans on CD-rom, that can be
purchased for private viewing.
Free Genealogy Programs
GenoPro v.1.91b -
GenoPro is a free genealogy program that enables you to draw your complete
family tree, add pictures to create a picture album. You can also
generate and print detailed family reports, analyse and compile detailed
statistics about your ancestry. It can also be used to import and export
research with other genealogy programs.
Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - PAF is a free program provided by the LDS
to help you organise your family history records. It has the ability to
produce pedigree charts, family group sheets, family history reports, amongst
UK Parish Locator - This is a very useful freeware program enabling you to locate
over 15,000 UK parishes. It can find the distance between any two
specified parishes, provide a list of parishes within any given radius of a
parish and even plot the location of parishes, either on screen or for you to
- 1901 England &
Wales Census Decoder - The 1901 Census Decoder is a program designed to
help you search the UK's 1901 Census site. Search results can be
transferred to the decoder, enabling you to sort and group the data into
probable family groups.
Other Useful Programs
Essential PIM is a personal information manager that can help you schedule your day,
manage your contacts, keep track of To Do Lists and organise your notes.
It has a host of uses for organising your personal life, but could also be a
valuable asset for genealogists who want one program where they can keep both
their personal life and family history interests organised. I use this one
myself, so can highly recommend as a very versatile little program. What's
best is the basic version is free, although there is a Pro-Version available to purchase.
OpenOffice.org is a
free multi-platform office productivity suite comprising a
word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing manager. It
is free to download and use.
is image and photo manipulation software supporting layers, special effects,
unlimited undo and a wide variety of other useful tools. This is free to
download and use, but please check the
Requirements page before downloading as this is designed to run on Windows
2000, XP, Vista or Server 2003, so is not a multi-platform application.