Friday, 14 November 2014

Devon records added at Findmypast

The focus of this week's update to the Findmypast portfolio is Devon.

The Devon Wills Index 1163-1999 contains over 250,000 records proved by 30 courts. Many probate records for the county of Devon and the Diocese of Exeter were lost in 1942, when the Probate Registry was destroyed in the bombing during the Exeter Blitz of WWII. The index reveals where copies, transcripts, abstracts or extracts of original testamentary documents may be found and if they have survived. Each record includes a transcript of the original record that will list the testator’s names, the year of probate, place and any additional notes as well as court details, document form, source and reference code.

Devon Parish Baptisms 1444-1915 is augmented with over 705,000 new records and now containing over 2.2 million records, This collection comprises transcripts and colour images of baptisms, scanned from original registers held at the record offices in Devon.  Also in Find my past are parish records from the Plymouth and West Devon area

Devon Parish Banns 1538-1915. Over 164,000 new records have been added so the Devon Parish Banns now totals over 367,000 records. Colour images scanned from the originals are included.

Devon Parish Marriages 1446-2001  has over 308,585 records added; this collection now totals over 1.8 million marriage records.

Devon Parish Burials 1320- 1926 includes transcripts and images from the Devon burial registers for most of the Anglican parishes and contain over a million records.

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