If you have Devon ancestors, get ready for some serious research as findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has just uploaded over 4 million Devon parish records. These include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials and range from 1538 through to 1915. These records are courtesy of an agreement between the Exeter and Barnstaple Record Offices and findmypast. These records add to those already on findmypast came from the Plymouth and West Devon Record Offices making findmypast the place for largest collection of Devon records online.
And if you think the news of 4 million Devon parish records online couldn’t get any better, think again. As these are fully searchable transcripts AS WELL as scanned colour images of the handwritten parish registers. That’s right, indexed and with an image!
There’s no doubt that these records are of interest to not just those in the UK, but also internationally as many from Devon emigrated to Canada, the US and Australia to work in the booming mining, fishing and agricultural industries. Devon’s position on the west coast meant that it was often used as a jumping off point for those headed to the United Sates. The Mayflower, the ship that carried the first pilgrims across the Atlantic, departed from Plymouth and the Devon Collection houses records that predate this famous voyage. These new records will help people from all over the world to trace their ancestral roots back to the county.
Findmypast is a subscription company, so to view these records you will need to PayAsYouGo or subscribe. For subscribers to findmypast.com.au, if you have a World subscription you will be able to view them. If you aren’t already a subscriber you can sign up for a month for the World collection for just $19.95, which gives you access to all of their Australian and New Zealand records, as well as the UK and US ones too! Alternatively you can sign up to findmypast.co.uk for £9.95 for one month which gives you just the UK records.
These records were released as part of findmypast’s 100in100 (100 record sets in 100 days). To keep up with the latest releases you can follow them here.