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We’ve added over 23,000 new records and over 113,000 newspaper pages this week. They include a sizeable tranche of records from the Southern English county of Devon.

Devon, Port Books

This brand new collection covers ships administered in the Devon ports of Appledore, Barnstaple and Bideford between 1595 and 1705. The records reveal:

  • The names of the ship’s masters and merchants
  • The ship’s name and the year it was entered in the port book
  • The ship’s cargo, tonnage and trade type
  • The ship’s registry, administration, departure and destination ports

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These port books are not only valuable from a family history perspective, they also act as evidence of the development of global trade in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were used by different types of customs officials including Collectors, Controllers and Searchers.

Devon Baptisms

Our collection of Devon parish registers (which includes many exclusives you won’t find anywhere else online) has grown again. We’ve added baptism records covering four parish churches in the county:

  • Appledore, Independent Chapel
  • Appledore, Ebenezer Baptist Chapel
  • Appledore, Methodist Chapel
  • Bideford, Methodist Circuit

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Baptism records give you the detail behind one of the biggest milestones in your ancestor’s early life including where and when they were baptised and their parents’ names. The latest additions date back to the 1750s, with much of this collection stretching as far back as the 1500s.

Devon Burials

Our Devon burial records have been supplemented with additions from the parish of Northam. Burial records will usually contain useful family tree information including your ancestor’s age at death, where and when they were buried and their religious denomination.

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Our dedicated search page allows you to filter by burial and death year, burial place, denomination and archive, making it quick and easy to find what you’re looking for.

Devon, Land Tax and Valuation Records

Did your family own a public house or live and work in an orchard? Land tax records could help you find out. New additions from Northam and Clovelly have been added to this collection.

Northam, Devon in 1919

In the records you’ll find information on:

  • The land owner’s and occupier’s names
  • The year or year range that the events were recorded
  • The year the valuation took place
  • The sum of money paid on the property

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This unique record collection is available through our ongoing partnerships with the

Devon Record Office

and the

Plymouth & West Devon Record Office


British & Irish Newspapers

Hot off the press, we’ve released six brand new publications, including four from Northern Ireland:

Acton Gazette, 5 January 1967

Acton Gazette, 5 January 1967

Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

We’ve also added more coverage to a further three papers as follows:

Honduras Records

Our burgeoning global record collection has grown again with the release of two sets of vital records from the Central American nation of Honduras:

These collections, part of the International Genealogical Index, will help you track your ancestors if they settled in or hailed from Honduras.

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