Trace your Devon family history and ancestors from the 1500s onwards with this list of genealogy and local history records, links and resources.
Births, Marriages & Deaths
Burials & Cemeteries
Appledore Burials 1844-1970
Devon Cemetery Photos
Exeter Burial Records
Over 100,000 individuals are interred in the three cemeteries managed by Exeter City Council. Scanned alphabetical index cards are available to you.
Records from Exwick, Higher and Topsham are indexed and available in PDF format.
South Hams Memorial Inscriptions
Criminals and Convicts
Criminal Ancestor Records
Devon Calendars of Prisoners
The Devon Calendars of Prisoners 1655-1837 include the details of names, crimes and sentences of those convicted at quarter sessions held by the sheriff of the county or his deputy.
Devon Convicts Transported to Australia 1782 – 1821
Devon Prisons (Archived)
Plymouth Borough Records 1519-1905
Plymouth Prison Records 1832-1919
Electoral Registers 1832-1932
Plymouth & West Devon Electoral Registers 1780-1983
With these records you can see where ancestors lived at a certain time. In some cases, you can even see which party they voted for.
Medical and Hospital Records
Migration & Passenger Lists
Photos and Postcards
Societies and Groups
Devon Family History Society
The Devon Family History Society is a great place for researching your Devon ancestors. There are many indexes online and members get access.
Wills and Probate
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999
Devon Wills Project
The Devon Wills Project is an index of wills and where they can be found. It’s not a searchable index, but a list of links to different transcriptions. However, there ia a consolidated index of names at the bottom of the page where individual names can be browsed.
At the moment there are details of about 280,000 wills from almost 500 different sources.
Devonshire Wills 1546-1800s