Bovey Tracey, Devon Genealogy

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Guide to Bovey Tracey, Devon ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Bovey Tracey, Devon
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Teignbridge
County Devon
Poor Law Union Newton Abbot
Registration District Newton Abbot
Records begin
Parish registers: 1538
Bishop's Transcripts: 1613
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Moreton
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Location of Archive
Devon Record Office

Parish History

BOVEY-TRACEY (St. Thomas à Becket), a parish, in the union of Newton-Abbot, hundred of Teignbridge, Teignbridge and S. divisions of Devon, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Chudleigh. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans.[1]


Civil Registration

Births, 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

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

IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
Bovey Tracey, Devon Genealogy Online Parish Records


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IGI 1538-1837

Abstracts of bishop's transcripts (1613-1639) are online at Internet Archive - free.[3]

Abstracts of bishop's transcripts (early 1600s) are online at Internet Archive - free.[3]

Bovey Tracey Churchwarden's Accounts, 1704-1729: Manuscripts of these churchwarden accounts can be viewed at the Devon Record Office in Exeter, Devon. Call number: 2160A-99/PW1

Non-Conformist Churches
  • Baptist
  • Presbyterian
  • Society of Friends/Quaker
  • Wesleyan Methodist

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 241324.

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

There are many maps and gazetteers showing English places. Valuable web sites are:

  • 1851 Jurisdiction Maps
  • Vision of Britain


Bovey Tracey on GENUKI


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 317-320. Date Accessed: 24 October 2013
  2. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Devon, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 12 February 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roger Granville and W.E. Mugford, Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644 (Exeter: William Pollard and Co. Ltd., 1908). Digitised by Internet Archive.