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Honiton, Devon
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Axminster
County Devon
Poor Law Union Honiton PLU
Registration District Honiton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1562
Bishop's Transcripts: 1609
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Honiton
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Location of Archive
Devon Record Office


Parish History

HONITON (St. Michael), a borough, markettown, and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Axminster, Honiton and S. divisions of Devon, 16 miles (E. N. E.) from Exeter. This place is situated on rising ground, on the south side of the river Otter, and on the line of the great western road from London to Plymouth. Here are places of worship for Wesleyans and Unitarians.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Honiton, Devon parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

AC = Ancestry - (£)[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
Honiton, Devon Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
AC 1780-1809 1780-1809 1780-1809
IGI 1562-1837 1598-1837

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241301.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Devon Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 539-542. Date accessed and adapted: 29 October 2013.
  2. 'Dorset, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812', Ancestry, accessed 12 February 2014.
  3. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Devon, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 February 2014.


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