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Guide to Exeter St Olave, Devon ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Exeter St Olave, Devon
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Exeter City
County Devon
Poor Law Union Exeter Incorporation
Registration District Exeter
Records begin
Parish registers: 1601
Bishop's Transcripts: 1614
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Christianity
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Location of Archive
Devon Record Office

View "A Comprehensive List of Parishes and Chapels of Exeter".


Parish History

EXETER, a city, and a county of itself, locally in the hundred of Wonford, S. division of Devon, of which it is the chief town, 44 miles (N. E.) from Plymouth, and 172 (W. by S.) from London. The city comprises the parishes of All Hallows Goldsmith-street, All Hallows-on-the Walls, St. Edmund, St. George, St. John, St. Kerrian, St. Lawrence, St. Martin, St. Mary-Arches, St. Mary Major, St. Mary-Steps, St. Olave, St. Pancras, St. Paul, St. Petrock, St. Stephen, and Holy Trinity, also the parochial chapelries of St. David and St. Sidwell, and the extra-parochial precincts of the Cathedral Close, Bedford, Bradninch, and Castle-yard. The parish church, St. Olave's, is a discharged rectory in the patronage of the Crown.[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

Exeter St Olave, Devon Genealogy parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FMP = Devon Parish Records (findmypast) - (£)[2]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
Exeter St Olave, Devon Genealogy Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FMP 1601-1915 1601-1915

IGI 1601-1838
1601-1754, 1815-1837

Non-Conformist Churches
  • Roman Catholic
  • Wesleyan Methodist

The following non-Church of England denominations were located somewhere in Exeter, but the exact parish has not been identified:

  • Baptist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Countess of Huntingdon Methodist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Jewish
  • Plymouth Brethren
  • Presbyterian
  • Society of Friends/Quaker
  • Unitarian

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 241331.

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Exeter St Olive on GENUKI


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 195-206. Date Accessed: 2 July 2013
  2. 'Devon Parish Records Coverage,' Findmypast, accessed 15 November 2014.
  3. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Devon, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 February 2014.


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