The Society’s objects are to promote the study of genealogy and history, especially of Devon families and places, to educate the public therein through advice and instruction, and, for the public benefit, to encourage the preservation and transcription of relevant documents and records, especially for the county of Devon.
The Devon Family History Society, formed in 1976, is one of the largest FHSs in the UK. The Society is a member of the Family History Federation, an international body which has over 180 member societies throughout the world. The Federation publishes many useful aids for family historians. Devon FHS is also a member of SWAG, the South West Area Group of FHSs, a regional group of 11 societies. Contact with other societies encourages mutual interests and reciprocal research.