Devon Family History

This section of the Family History website has been created to assist Genealogists and Family History researchers tracing lost ancestors and relatives that were living in Devon, England, UK. You will find many Devon Family History resources in the local Family History part of our website:

Devon Family History Society

– One of the largest Family History Societies in the UK with groups meeting in North Devon, South Devon, Plymouth and Exeter.

Devon Archives and Local Studies

– This service holds a large variety of records and published works. Also includes holdings from West Country Studies Library and the Devon and Cornwall Record Society Library.

Births, marriages and deaths

Here are useful specific Devon county search pages from the FindMyPast website

Births

Devon Baptisms – 16th Century – 2001

Marriages

Devon Marriage Banns – 1538-1915
Devon Marriages

Burials – including memorial inscriptions

Devon Burials – 450 years of records

Institutional records – including apprentices, paupers etc.

Devon Social & Institutional Records
Devon Plymouth & West Devon Apprentices 1570-1910

Wills and probate

Devon Wills Index – Probate Records 1163-1999

Devon Newspaper Archives

Local Newspaper Archives and Historical Newspapers can provide great and useful information for Family History Researchers and are an invaluable resource.  Information can often be found that is not found in Parish Records, or Censuses. At Family History, we are able to provide a direct link to Bedfordshire Newspaper Archives from a variety of historical newspapers, covering different time periods. Here is the link and information on the historic Bedfordshire Newspapers and the time periods they cover:
British Newspaper Archives – historic newspaper records in the Devon area
– This link holds records and news from the following papers:

Local newspaper recordsRecord years
Barnstaple Times and North Devon News1865
Bright’s Intelligencer and Arrival List1860
Dartmouth & South Hams chronicle1869
1871-1874
1894-1896
1898-1909
East & South Devon Advertiser1874-1878
1881-1887
1890-1896
1898-1899
1901-1909
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette1827-1853
1855-1857
1859-1861
1863-1874
1876-1878
1880-1887
1889-1892
1894-1895
1897-1900
1902-1950
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams1869-1870
1874
1876
1878
1880-1885
Exeter Flying Post1800-1866
1869-1885
1889-1900
Express and Echo1910
1939-1940
Hartland and West Country Chronicle1896-1940
North Devon Gazette1856-1870
1884-1909
North Devon Journal1824-1825
1827-1889
1891-1912
1914-1950
Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal and General Advertiser for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset 1832
Royal Devonport Telegraph, and Plymouth Chronicle 1832
Sidmouth Journal and Directory1862-1873
Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette)1860-1866
1875-1876
1879
1889
1900
1939
Torbay Express and South Devon Echo1939
1948-1949
Torquay Directory and South DTorquay Directory and South Devon Journalevon Journal1846
TorquayTorquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser Times, and South Devon Advertiser 1869-1892
1894-1895
1897-1910
Totnes WeTotnes Weekly Timesekly Times1869-1871
1884-1895
1898-1909
Western Courier, West of EnWestern Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser gland Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser 1836-1854
Western Daily Mercury1862-1864
1874
1880-1881
1883
1889
1912
Western Morning News1860-1861
1865
1867
1869-1871
1873-1885
1887-1911
1914-1950
Western Times1827-1896
1898-1910
1912-1950