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Devon Genealogy

A group for anyone with an interest in the English county of Devon. It will be a place where we can share news, links, research interests and problems.

Location: England
Members: 173
Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2014


Welcome to the Devon Genealogy group on Genealogy Wise. Please share with us your interests and your problems on the discussion board so that all related discussions are kept in one place where they can easily be found. It is also very easy to go back and edit your discussion posts if you make a mistake. This is intended as a friendly open forum for the discussion of any Devon-related matters.

Genealogy Wise is growing at such a rate that it is difficult to keep up with everything. If you know of any other Devon-related groups please let me know so that I can add a link below. It won't be possible to list surname groups as there will be too many, unless of course someone wants to offer to co-ordinate a new group to list all the Devon surname groups!

Devon has a strong maritime tradition and the photo I have chosen to represent the group is a picture of the sea taken from Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast. The coastline here is particularly treacherous and has been the scene of many shipwrecks. You can share your photos with us on the discussion board. Simply click on the camera symbol in the editing toolbar and your photo will be added to your posting.

Genuki Devon
Devon Family History Society official website
Devon Family History Society on Facebook
Devon Record Office
Devon Rootsweb mailing list
Friends of Devon Archives
The Devon DNA Project
Devon GenWeb
History pages on BBC Devon
Devon Heritage website

Devon parish groups on Genealogy Wise
Bishops Nympton
Buckland Brewer
Bucks Mills
Cruwys Morchard

Related groups on Genealogy Wise
North Devon emigrants
The Lost Colonists of Roanoke, North Carolina. Many of the Lost Colonists came from Devon. Is your surname included?
The England Family History page has a list of all the English county groups.
Medieval English Genealogy

Discussion Forum


Started by Debbie Kennett Apr 4, 2011.

Budget cuts at Devon and North Devon Record Offices

Started by Debbie Kennett Feb 13, 2011.

Reasons for leaving Devon to America 5 Replies

Started by E Frye. Last reply by Dianne Reuby Jan 23, 2011.


Started by Jackie Bidgood-Owen Aug 22, 2010.

Wood family in Bishopsteignton

Started by Malvary Cole Jun 12, 2010.

Radford family of Silforton/Silverton, Devon, England 2 Replies

Started by Charles Edward Radford II. Last reply by Charles Edward Radford II May 27, 2010.

"Moor Veiw" Yelverton & other Guest Houses

Started by John Laws May 24, 2010.

Church Monuments

Started by Christine Gibbins May 12, 2010.


Started by Jackie Bidgood-Owen May 6, 2010.


Started by Jane Andrews Apr 15, 2010.

I received Certificates of Liliy ConyBeare 12 Replies

Started by Shawn Borg. Last reply by Shawn Borg Mar 10, 2010.

Devon books on Google Books 5 Replies

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by Debbie Kennett Mar 9, 2010.

Family names

Started by steve welling Jan 15, 2010.

Free DNA testing for Pearse (and variant) surnames in UK 6 Replies

Started by Cecil D Pearse. Last reply by Tasmin Louise Clement Jan 2, 2010.

James Vicary of Great Torrington 1 Reply

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Sesen Sep 4, 2009.

Brock and Medland families in Exbourne area

Started by Bob Brock Aug 19, 2009.

Hooper and Jefford Families 2 Replies

Started by Christine Muhling. Last reply by Christine Muhling Aug 17, 2009.

Fatal Shooting in Dartmouth

Started by Colin Withall Aug 16, 2009.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Colin Withall on September 18, 2009 at 8:28pm
One of the biggest problems is locating a parish particularly in relation to another. I use the program Parloc which is free to download from By entering the names of the Parishes, it will list every Parish within a radius of a distance between the two parishes.For example entering Plymouth and next Dartmouth, Parloc tells me that they are 41.2Km apart, but if I want to know what parishes are within say 6km of Dartmouth, it will return a list 11 and give the distance and direction they lay.
I've found this very helpful in locating the movements of ancestors in the Parish Registers. Parloc lists those Parishes that existed between 16th and 9th Centuries.
Comment by Martin Spurway on September 11, 2009 at 9:11am
Hi Christine

Thank you for your links. You are right there are very few records after 1891, and the census of 1901 shows a large drop in inmates.

My next planned outing is to Devon Records Office to see the Management Meeting minutes.
Regards Martin
Comment by Christine Gibbins on September 11, 2009 at 7:11am
Martin - this link may help, but I understand few records survive.
The 1901 census may be worth a try.
Comment by Martin Spurway on September 11, 2009 at 6:40am
Does any one have or know any information about Honiton Workhouse after 1891. Looking for inmate names: birth, deaths, marriages and events.
Comment by Christine Gibbins on August 27, 2009 at 6:46am
Finding this website useful and intersting
Comment by Terry Leaman on August 18, 2009 at 4:06pm
VJ King Sr- in answer to your census query
I would say he was born in Gidley (Gidleigh)
She was born in Tavistock
There address looks like Union Street, and it is in the Parish of St Andrew, Plymouth
Comment by John Laws on August 18, 2009 at 9:48am
Hi we have on our database a number of Devon LAW, LAWES,LAWS families

had all my childhood hols at Woolacombe love Devonshire folk

John P Laws. (Member 674, Guild of One-Name Studies, since 1984) Researching LAW, LAWE, LAWES, LAWS, LAWSE, McLAW & McLAWS & allied families worldwide.
Website "Laws Family Register" at -
Moderator: LAW & LAWS-UK mailing lists and message boards at Rootsweb

mail me
Comment by VJ King Sr on August 16, 2009 at 9:32pm
Thank you Elizabeth - appreciate the help. VJ
Comment by Elizabeth Kipp nee Blake on August 16, 2009 at 8:10pm
Gidleigh Devon for William Lowe and Tavistock Devon for Jane Lowe and in 1871 they are living at: St Andrew in Plymouth RD, Devon, England also known as the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Peter, Exeter Diocese.
Comment by VJ King Sr on August 16, 2009 at 6:25pm

1871 UK Census
Q.1. Lines 17 & 18 of this census page disclose my ggg-parents William LOWE & Jane LOWE but I cannot read their respective "Where Born" towns in Devon - can anyone familiar with Devon's old towns AND/OR can interpret the handwriting please assist.
Q.2. From the several headings at top of this census page, how owuld I set out the LOWE's address - I'm a tad confused about parishes / municipalities / ecclesiastical districts, et.
Many Thanks,

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