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What kind of life did your family lead in Devon? Find out with exclusive Devon archives online at Findmypast. View Devon parish registers to trace baptism, marriage and burial details, spot familiar names in school admission records and more. 

A quick dip into Devon’s history and culture

Devon has been a shire since the 8th century. Its two cities are Exeter and Plymouth.

Over the centuries, Devonians have earned a living through agriculture, copper, lead and tin mining, and fishing. Today tourism makes a significant contribution to its economy, as well as the financial and digital industries. Was your long-lost cousin once a tinner on Dartmoor? Did your distant Devon relative fish for silver darlings, better known as herring?

Dartmoor is the atmospheric setting for the Arthur Conan Doyle crime novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Tavistock was the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world and the famous pilgrim ship, Mayflower, set sail from Plymouth in 1620.

Devon, like neighbouring Cornwall, is known for its cream teas, though the cream goes on the scone before the jam, unlike the Cornish version.

For over 200 years, parts of Dartmoor National Park have been used as military firing ranges.

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Devon 1921 census: Vintage photo of two men on a bike

The 1921 Census

This detailed snapshot of your Devon relatives' lives reveals where they were, who they were with and what they were doing on 19 June 1921.

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Devon Catholic archives: A vintage photo of an old Catholic church

The Catholic Heritage Archive

Trace Catholic connections in Devon with unique baptism, marriage and congregational records from the Diocese of Plymouth.

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Devon parish records

Devon parish registers

Uncover the facts behind your Devon ancestors' most important life moments in Church of England parish records dating as far back as medieval times.

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