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Tavistock Family History

Sources for researching family history at Tavistock Library

Records on Micro-fiche

Parish Registers. (i.e. Baptisms, Marriages & Burials - see index in Library for dates available).

Bere Alston. Bere Ferrers. Bradstone. Brentor. Broadwoodwidger. Buckland Monachorum. Coryton. Dunterton. Gulworthy (in Tavistock file) Horrabridge. Kelly. Lamerton. Lewtrenchard. Lifton. Lydford. Marystowe. Mary Tavy. Meavy. Milton Abbot. Peter Tavy. Princetown. Sampford Spiney. Sheepstor. Stowford. Sydenham Damerel. Tavistock. Thrushelton. Walkhampton. Whitchurch.

Also a few Stoke Damerel, East Stonehouse & Yealmpton.

The Stoate Transcripts of early Tavistock Parish Church Baptisms & Burials.

Non-Conformist Registers. Tavistock Abbey Chapel, Tavistock Brook Street Chapel, Horrabridge Wesleyan Burials.

I G I. (International Genealogical Index). England, Scotland, Wales.

Tavistock Valuations 1841.

Return of Owners of Land 1873. Devon, Cornwall, Yorkshire, West Riding.

Tithe Maps and Apportionments. Tavistock & District.

1881 Census (microfiche). Devon, Cornwall.

1901 Census (microfiche). Tavistock district & Calstock (including Gunnislake).

NOTE: Devon Parish Registers which are in micro-fiche form but are not at Tavistock Library may be ordered from Plymouth & Devon Record Office, Exeter for viewing at Tavistock Library on the first Monday of each month(the second Monday if the first is a Bank Holiday). Photocopies of entries in the Parish Registers and Tithe & Apportionments can be ordered. Order forms with charges available in the Library.


1851 Census. (indexed). Devon, Norfolk, Warwickshire.

Printed and photocopied material

Books. An extensive selection in the Local History section of the library, including works on:

Mines. Schools. Duke of Bedford Sale catalogues (not complete) Buildings. Biographies of Tavistock Worthies. Charities. Railways. Industry. Businesses & Shops. Some Manor Houses & Farms.

Newspapers. Tavistock Times, 1975 - 1986, Tavistock Gazette, 1978 - 1986, Tavistock Times Gazette, 1987 - date, Clarion, 1987, Tavistock & Cornish Post, 1987 - 1992.

Periodicals. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. (Please ask at counter for index)

Trade Directories. Tavistock 1850 - 1939 (not all).

Maps. giving the names of fields in and around Tavistock.

Village packs. Include Trade Directories 1850 - 1939 (not all), newspaper cuttings and other items of historical interest. Some have photographs.

Monumental inscriptions. Calstock Baptist Chapel. Ugborough. Calstock 1813 - 1837. Buckland Monachorum Graveyard Survey.

Poor law records. Index of Stowford records

Census returns for Tavistock Workhouse, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891.

Compiled by Margaret Cook, October 2001

Additional Sources

Ancestry Library Edition  is available for library users at all Devon Libraries

Westcountry Studies Library

Devon Record Office

Devon Record Office Service Points

Page reproduced and ammended March 2010