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Plymouth & West Devon Record Office's records online

Plymouth City Council's Plymouth & West Devon Record Office has partnered with findmypast to publish online record sets from its unique collection.

Currently on findmypast you can search:

• Parish registers
• Rate Books 1598-1933
• Plymouth subscribers for the redemption of captives in Turkey & Algiers 1680

About Plymouth & West Devon Record Office

Plymouth City Council's Plymouth & West Devon Record Office is the principal archive repository within Plymouth and the West Devon area. It exists to collect and preserve the historical records (archives) of the area and to promote and encourage their use by all who want to study them.

The record office holds records of the old borough and modern city of Plymouth, as well as the West Devon area. The record office holds original records of many organisations and individuals and is always interested to hear of any potential gifts or deposits of archival material. Please contact the office if you are aware of any such items or if you want to discuss the preservation of your records.

Dating from circa 1190, the record office has over half a million individual items including deeds, charters, minute books, letters, registers, manorial documents, reports, diaries, financial records, maps, plans and photographs.

Find out more about the record office, including opening hours and a link to the online catalogue.

Free access to findmypast for record office users


Plymouth City Council has very kindly arranged for free access to findmypast through all public computers in the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office and all libraries in Plymouth. Users have to be on site to get this free access.

How to get to the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office