Devon census surname

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Devon Census Surname Indexes at the Family History Library

How surname indexes can help locate a person when a computer search of the large census databases is unsuccessful.

England ; Devon

Today, there are many useful websites and computer indexes for all of the England, Wales and Scotland.  These include those found at, the UK National Archives,, findmypast, etc.  These are a good place to begin your search for people in the census.

There are, however, times when you cannot find your ancestor in these large indexes.  Perhaps, a mistake was made when these large indexes were made, or a person's name was not easy to recognize in the census enumeration book, or the surname was spelled differently.  In such a situation, you may be able to find your ancestor in the census by using a smaller surname index for the parish or town of interest.  When looking at a smaller index, it can be easier to pick out an alternative spelling of a person's surname.  These indexes are also ideal for finding all of the people with a specific surname in a specific location.

Many of these are available, in book and microfiche form.  The Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA) has a large and growing collection of these smaller indexes. 

How to use this table to find indexes at the library.

Below is a list of library call numbers at the Family History Library that the Library has in its collection of census surname indexes for the County of Devon.  The call numbers are shown for the census years from 1841 - 1871 and 1891-1901.  The surname indexes that are part of the Library's collection are indexed by place, parish and census year.  Each header column contains a symbol.  If you click on this symbol, it will sort the information by that column.  For example, if you would like to know all of the indexes that in the Library's collection for a specific parish, then click on the symbol by the header for the parish column. You can resort by the place by clicking of the symbol by the place header.  A dot or a period in a table cell indicates that there is no index for this place for a given census year in the Library's collection.

The 1881 surname indexes are shown in the first table and this database is computerized at  The surname indexes for all other years can be accessed by clicking on the links for the placename of interest in the second table.  The library is indebted to Elder Jordan Glew for his work over the years to keep these tables current.

1881 Indexes

Census Year Surname Index Birthplace Index Census Place Index Enumerated Index
Census Year Surname Index Birthplace Index Census Place Index Enumerated Index
1881 6086257 6086258 6086259 6086260
      1881 - Misc. Notes  6086261
      1881 - Ship Index   6086262
      1881 - Institution Index  6086263

Links to Indexes for Placenames for all other Census Years