Devon, England Genealogy

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Devon or Devonshire is a maritime county in the southwestern part of England.

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Exeter City council has posted more than 100,000 cemetery index cards online titled Bereavement Services Alphabetical Index Cards for the three cemeteries managed by the council.

Devon Online Parish Clerk Project is a resource of volunteers willing to provide free look-ups and research within the County of Devon. Over 95 volunteers have adopted approx. 200 of the ancient 500 Devonshire Parishes. (More volunteers are always welcome!)


Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Devon.

Civil Districts

When civil registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Devon was divided into a number of registration districts, each containing several parishes.  The index to the civil records gives the name of the district where an event took place.  Click here to see a list of the civil districts in Devon and the parishes covered by each. 

Read more about England Civil Registration.


See a list of the parishes of Devon with links to articles.


Before 1858, every town and parish in Devonshire was under the probate jurisdiction of several ecclesiastical courts.  To read more about probate records and see a list of Devonshire towns and parishes and the probate courts that had jurisdiction over them, go to Devonshire Probate Jurisdictions.


To view a list of web sites and/or web pages for Devonshire and many of its parishes, visit