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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: 174
Latest Activity: Mar 22, 2022


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

Radford family of Silforton/Silverton, Devon, England

Started by Charles Edward Radford II. Last reply by Stacey Radford Apr 27, 2020. 3 Replies

Reasons for leaving Devon to America

Started by E Frye. Last reply by Dianne Reuby Jan 23, 2011. 5 Replies


Started by Jackie Bidgood-Owen Aug 22, 2010. 0 Replies

Wood family in Bishopsteignton

Started by Malvary Cole Jun 12, 2010. 0 Replies

Church Monuments

Started by Christine Gibbins May 12, 2010. 0 Replies


Started by Jackie Bidgood-Owen May 6, 2010. 0 Replies


Started by Jane Andrews Apr 15, 2010. 0 Replies

I received Certificates of Liliy ConyBeare

Started by Shawn Borg. Last reply by Shawn Borg Mar 10, 2010. 12 Replies

Devon books on Google Books

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by Debbie Kennett Mar 9, 2010. 5 Replies

Family names

Started by steve welling Jan 15, 2010. 0 Replies

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

Started by Cecil D Pearse. Last reply by Tasmin Louise Clement Jan 2, 2010. 6 Replies

James Vicary of Great Torrington

Started by Christine Gibbins. Last reply by Sesen Sep 4, 2009. 1 Reply

Hooper and Jefford Families

Started by Christine Muhling. Last reply by Christine Muhling Aug 17, 2009. 2 Replies

Fatal Shooting in Dartmouth

Started by Colin Withall Aug 16, 2009. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by James Emmett on March 20, 2021 at 4:17am

Someone waas asking about Daniel Emmett.  I have information that might help

Jim Emmett

Comment by Debbie Kennett on October 7, 2011 at 4:14am

It seems that the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office might be getting a new home. The full story can be read in the Plymouth Herald.

Comment by Debbie Bates on September 11, 2011 at 11:22am
My earlier email should also have included the surname HOLWAY.  Sidney HOLWAY married Mary Jane BIDGOOD in 1912.  I have only just started research on the BIDGOOD line.
Comment by Debbie Bates on September 11, 2011 at 8:40am
Researching the ESSERY surname and also on behalf of my aunt, COLLAM, PENHALL and BIDGOOD surnames
Comment by Debbie Kennett on May 17, 2011 at 2:51pm

Maureen Selley (Chairman Devon FHS) and Todd Gray (Chairman Friends of Devon Archives) attended the Record Office consultation meetings in April. Notes from the meetings are now available online. The comments from users have had a positive impact. You can read more on the DFHS noticeboard: 


Comment by Debbie Kennett on January 22, 2011 at 6:30am

Hi Dianne, You might like to encourage your friend to register the Goldsworthy/Golesworthy one-name study with the Guild of One-Name Studies:

This will ensure that 40 years of hard work is not lost as the Guild is able to archive digital material in its library.



Comment by Christine Gibbins on January 22, 2011 at 5:33am
Dianne, well done for getting the the help you need, but do keep an open mind about spellings, they are never consistent, the clerks and scribes  wrote phonetically and the name can even be written in various ways in the same document.
Comment by Christine Gibbins on January 19, 2011 at 3:48am

Henry son of John and Mary Goldsworthy bapt. Honiton 2 Sep 1827


This link takes you to extracted transcripts leaving out the dross you find on the IGI

Comment by Debbie Kennett on December 14, 2010 at 5:22pm

If anyone is interested in joining our Devon DNA project you might like to know that the testing company currently has a sale on until Christmas. You can read more on the Devon project website:

Comment by Shawn Borg on May 24, 2010 at 6:49am
I would like to all people that live or are from Devonport UK and their sarname is CONYBEARE. Please contact me through here or on my email

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