Devon Family History Society Small Projects

This long-term project involves a partnership between the Devon Family History Society and all three archive repositories in Devon. It has been running for ten years, and its aim has been to produce transcriptions of, or indexes to, sources of interest to family historians which are not generally well-known, or which cannot be easily accessed unless name indexes exist.

Completed transcriptions and indexes are published in booklet form or as surname printouts from the Devon Family History Society’s computerised indexes. So far, the project has resulted in the production of 188 booklets, and more are in various stages of completion.

Many of these sources have been suggested by archivists working in the record offices. Two archivists in the former Devon Record Office (now named the Devon Heritage Centre) have written the forewords for most of these booklets.

Lunatics Small Projects Books

A CD-Rom titled "Rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief" containing over 63,000 entries taken from the first 129 booklets, as well as the booklet forewords, was launched at the Devon Record Office, Great Moor House, Sowton, Exeter in September 2008. This CD-Rom can be purchased through the Devon Family History Society’s online Bookshop, or from the Devon Heritage Centre shop or its online publications webpage.

John Draisey and Todd Gray, 2008

John Draisey and Todd Gray,

CD-Rom launch, 2008

Another 59 booklets which are not yet available on CD-Rom can be bought through the Devon Family History Society’s online bookshop, or by post. The majority of the booklets are also now available as a PDF file, which can be sent as an attachment via email.

Work is continuing using original documents at the three record offices. The success of this project is due to the efforts of volunteers working week after week in the three archive repositories in Devon, indexing information from the original documents.