Family History and parish records

We receive many enquiries from people who are researching the history of their families in this area. We do not hold copies of old parish records from the churches in the Netherexe Mission Community and in all cases we refer the enquirer to the Devon Heritage Centre Office, which is where those old parish records are now held.

So, if you are seeking information about your ancestors, please use the information and Internet links below to help you identify and contact those organisations which should be able to help you further your research. Good luck!

Devon Heritage Centre

The Devon Heritage Centre exists to collect and preserve the historical records of Devon and to make them available to all who wish to study them. There are three record offices which share this task (Exeter, Barnstaple and Plymouth / West Devon).

Devon Heritage Centre

Family history research and advice [Devon]

Parish registers – general information page

Devon Archives Catalogue - search facility


Parish registers available online:

Almost 900,000 Devon parish records have become available online, making it easier to find your Devon ancestors. The UK family history website Findmypast has launched the Devon parish records in association with the Devon Family History Society. This is a subscription or pay for view service.

Some local parish registers are available free online:

Thorverton  - at Rootsweb (Baptisms 1813-1839, burials 1841-1880)

Rewe and Brampford Speke (burials) - at Devon Heritage



GENUKI is a genealogy web portal, run as a charitable trust. Its aim is "to serve as a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK & Ireland". A good place to start is at the Genuki page for Devon (then follow the link to the Church Records section)