This week’s Findmypast Fridays marks the release of over 1.7 million new additions to our collection of Devonshire parish birth, marriage, banns and burial records.  Over 250,000 wills from the Devon Wills Index, 1844-1900, have also been added to our extensive collection of UK probate records. In addition, 10 years of Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland 1835-1845 can now be searched in our collection of Directories & Social History records. The following record sets are now available at Findmypast:

The Devon Wills Index 1163-1999 contains over 250,000 records proved by 30 courts. Many probate records for the county of Devon and the Diocese of Exeter were lost in 1942, when the Probate Registry was destroyed in the bombing during the Exeter Blitz of WWII. The index reveals where copies, transcripts, abstracts or extracts of original testamentary documents may be found and if they have survived. Each record includes a transcript of the original record that will list the testator’s names, the year of probate, place and any additional notes as well as court details, document form, source and reference code.

Over 705,000 new records have been added to our collection of Devon parish baptisms 1444-1915  in partnership with South West Heritage Trust and Parochial Church Council. Now containing over 2.2 million records, this collection comprises transcripts and colour images of baptisms, scanned from original registers held at the record offices in Devon.  Along with the parish records from the Plymouth and West Devon area, which are already available separately on Findmypast, this now represents the most comprehensive collection of Devon parish records available anywhere. Before 1837 there was no civil registration of births, so all births were registered in the local parish making baptism records a valuable resource for uncovering the details of earlier generations.

Over 164,000 new records have been added Devon Parish Banns 1538-1915. Banns of marriage were the announcement in church of a couple’s intention to marry. They are an ancient legal tradition designed to provide an opportunity for anybody to state a reason why the marriage could not lawfully take place. Banns were read in the parish or parishes in which the couple lived and in the parish where they were to marry, on three Sundays in the three months before the wedding took place. Now totalling over 367,000 records, the Banns records usually list the full names of the bride and groom, their places of residence, the date of banns and the date of their marriage. Colour images scanned from the originals are included.

Over 308,585 records have been added to our collection of Devon parish marriages 1446-2001. The Devon marriage registers were made and kept by the Church. There are over 1.8 million marriage records in the Devon registers, many of which list the parents of the bride and groom. The amount of information included can vary, but the records usually contain the full names of the bride and groom, their ages, their home parishes and the date of their wedding. Some later records include the names of witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, and the couple’s previous marital condition. Viewing the image of the original register may also reveal the signatures of your ancestors.

Over 549,000 records have been added to the Devon burial registers, 1320-1926. These transcripts and images cover burials for most of the Anglican parishes in the English county of Devon and contain over a million records. Those in the Plymouth and West Devon area are already available separately on Findmypast in partnership with the record office there. Containing over 1.6 million records and covering nearly 600 years of Devonshire history, the records can include useful biographical information such as the full name of the deceased, the date of their death and burial, their age at death, their place of residence and religious denomination.

Pettigrew & Oulton's Dublin Almanac & General Register of Ireland 1835-1845 has been added to our collection of Newspapers, Directories and Social History records. Pettigrew and Oulton’s was the first annual publication to include a street by street directory of Dublin. First published in 1834, the Almanac provided not simply a street directory but also an alphabetical list of inhabitants, grouped by profession. Pettigrew and Oulton’s was published until 1845. Now available on Findmypast, the index is fully searchable and contains over 6,000 search results.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.