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.


Births, Marriages and Deaths

Burials & Cemeteries

Census Records

  • Census 1841-1921
    Search the census records from 1841-1921, plus the 1939 Register all at once.
  • FreeCen
    Has a good, but not complete, selection of free records to search and view.

Criminals and Convicts

Electoral Registers



Historical Directories

Local History


Medical and Hospital Records

Migration & Passenger Lists

Military Records

Newspaper Archives


Photos and Postcards

School Records

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
    This index contains nearly 300,000 wills of people who were born or died in Devon.
  • 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’s 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