12 October 2017

Ancestry adds Devon, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records

This "new" database in the Ancestry catalogue claims 43,018 records. "New" appears to refer to a repackaging of records from the UK Parish Baptism, Marriage and Burial Records database.
Mousing over the title for Devon opens a window claiming 560,200 records! I've reported the discrepancy to Ancestry.

Some of the resources listed as included are:

Devon: - Parish Registers Devon: Barnstaple - Parish Register, 1538-1812
Devon: Clyst St. George - PRS, Register of Clyst St. George, Devon, 1565-1812, vol 25
Devon: Lapford - Register of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials, 1567-1850
Devon: Exeter - Militia List for 1803
Devon: Exeter - Freemen 1266-1967
Devon: - Registers of Marriages, 1538-1837
Devon: - Registers of Marriages, 1581-1654
Devon, Somerset: (A-H Parishes), Wells - Parish Registers and some Bishop's Transcripts at Wells


Discover Genealogy said...


At first look these records appear to be only indexes with no images attached. And many parishes are not there (in particular the ones that I am intimately familiar with and have transcribed myself).

Images from actual parish registers are still best found at both the Devon Family History Society website (membership required) and FindMyPast.

I will check further later on to see what really is here and perhaps check some of the names, dates and places against the FMP images.

Discover Genealogy said...


One other thing that researchers in Devon may have noticed on the Ancestry and other lists is that many early BMD indexes show only Devon (or Devonshire which not a correct term) as the place where events were recorded, not the actual parish. You have to go see the image of the parish register to find out where in Devon an event may have occurred.