Devon Family History

Trace your Devon family history and ancestors from the 1500s onwards with this list of genealogy and local history records, links and resources.


Devon Archives

Births, Marriages & Deaths

Devon Parish Records
England BMDs
Exeter Marriage Licenses 1523-1631
Marriage licenses from the Diocese of Exeter 1523-1631

Burials & Cemeteries

Appledore Burials 1844-1970
Billion Graves
Devon Cemetery Photos
Devon Headstones
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

Census Records

1939 Register
UK Census 1841-1911

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

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.


RootsChat Devon


Visitation of Devon 1620

Historical Directories

Devon Freeholders 1711-1799
Devon Historical Directories
Devon and Exeter Oath Rolls, 1723

Local History

A History of Devonshire
Devon Heritage
Devonia 1907
Devonshire Characters and Strange Events
Domesday Book Devon
Exeter Memories
History Of Freemasonry In Devonshire
Genuki Devon
Torquay History 1920


East Devon Tithe Maps 1840
Exeter Street Plan 1930
Old Devon Maps

Medical and Hospital Records

Devon Lunatic Asylum 1880 – 1881

Migration & Passenger Lists

North Devon Exodus Database
Plymouth to New York 1834

Military Records

British Military Records
Devonshire Regiment Index
Devon Roll of Honour
Devon WWI Roll of Honour
Plymouth Militia Records 1625 – 1831
Plymouth World War II Records 1939-1945
Torquay War Dead WWII

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Collection 1710-1953
Devon Newspaper Archives


Legacy UK Obituaries


British Apprentices 1710-1808
Devon Constabulary Roll of Honour
High Sheriffs of Devon
Lost Pubs of Devon
Plymouth & West Devon Apprentices 1570-1910

Parish Records

Devon Parish Records
Plymouth & West Devon Parish Chest Records 1556-1950

Photos and Postcards

North Devon Image Archive

School Records

School Admission Registers 1870-1914

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.


Devon Surnames 1881
Studies on Devon Surnames

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

Workhouses & Poor Law

Life in Devon Union Workhouse
Exeter Workhouse Records
Plymouth Workhouse Records
Totnes Workhouse Records