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.

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

Devon Marriage Banns – 1538-1915

Devon Baptisms – 16th Century – 2001

Devon Burials – 450 years of records

Devon Marriages

Devon Social & Institutional Records

Devon Wills Index – Probate Records 1163-1999

Devon Plymouth & West Devon Apprentices 1570-1910

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:

Devon Newspaper Archives – This link holds records and news from the following papers:

Barnstaple Times and North Devon News – 1865

Exeter Flying Post – 1800-1866, 1869-1885, 1889-1900

Western Morning News – 1860-1861, 1865, 1867, 1869-1871, 1873-1885, 1887-1911, 1914-1950

Western Times – 1827-1896, 1898-1910, 1912-1950

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – 1827-1853, 1855-1857, 1859-1861, 1863-1874, 1876-1878, 1880-1887, 1889-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1900, 1902-1950

North Devon Journal – 1824-1825, 1827-1889, 1891-1912, 1914-1950

Bright’s Intelligencer and Arrival List – 1860

Dartmouth & South Hams chronicle – 1869, 1871-1874, 1894-1896, 1898-1909

East & South Devon Advertiser – 1874-1878, 1881-1887, 1890-1896, 1898-1899, 1901-1909

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams – 1869-1870, 1874, 1876, 1878, 1880-1885

Express and Echo – 1910, 1939-1940

Hartland and West Country Chronicle – 1896-1940

North Devon Gazette – 1856-1870, 1884-1909

North Devon Journal – 1824-1825, 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 Directory – 1862-1873

Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette) – 1860-1866, 1875-1876, 1879, 1889, 1900, 1939

Torbay Express and South Devon Echo – 1939, 1948-1949

Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal – 1846

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser – 1869-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1910

Totnes Weekly Times – 1869-1871, 1884-1895, 1898-1909

Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser – 1836-1854

Western Daily Mercury – 1862-1864, 1874, 1880-1881, 1883, 1889, 1912