Family History Federation

Small Groups

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Devon Family History Society holds a number ‘small group’ meetings, which are informal chats about a specified group of Devon parishes. These meetings are held by Zoom, and give attendees a chance to ask questions about the area and perhaps make contact with others with common research interests. Feedback on our our recent meetings was:

This is just to say how thrilled I was with the Zoom meeting on 31 Jan for the Lifton area. Although there were only about 7 participants including from New Zealand, Australia, Oregon and Vancouver as well as UK, surprisingly, 3 of us had a common surname in our trees.. P.M.

At present, all these sessions are open to both members and non-members at no charge but we do encourage non-members to make a donation towards the costs of providing the programme. 

We are aiming to cover all of the parishes with a meeting at least annually, but this will depend on volunteers coming forward who have a little local knowledge, who can help to facilitate the sessions. If you are interested in helping with a particular area please click here to email the small groups talks coordinator.

 The coverage of the small groups is shown in the map shown below.

The map and parish lists are also downloadable here:

Parish List

1 Buckland Brewer: Abbots Bickington, Buckland Brewer, Bulkworthy, Clovelly, East Putford, Parkham, West Putford, Woolfardisworthy (West). 


2 Top of the Torridge: Abbotsham, Alwington, Bideford, Instow, Landcross, Littleham (near Bideford), Monkleigh, Northam (including Appledore), Weare Gifford, Westleigh.


3 North-west Corner: Bradworthy, Bridgerule, Hartland, Holsworthy, Holsworthy Hamlets, Pancrasweek, Pyworthy, Sutcombe, Welcombe.


4 Bow: Bow (Nymet Tracey), Clannaborough, Colebrooke, Copplestone, Down St. Mary North Tawton, Zeal Monachorum.


5 Newton Abbot: Abbotskerswell, Coffinswell, Denbury, Highweek, Ipplepen, Kingskerswell, Kingsteignton, Ogwell, Teigngrace, Wolborough.


6 South Hams: Aveton Gifford, Bigbury, Churchstowe, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Kingston, Loddiswell, Malborough, Ringmore, Salcombe, South Huish, South Milton, Thurlestone, West Alvington.   


7 Axminster: All Saints, Axminster, Axmouth, Beer, Colyton, Combpyne Rousdon, Dalwood, Hawkchurch, Kilmington, Musbury, Seaton, Shute, Uplyme.  


8 Torbay Group: Brixham, Churston, Cockington, Kingswear, Marldon, Paignton, St Marychurch, Stoke Gabriel, Tormoham (Torquay).  


9 Exeter City


10 The South Molton Parishes: Bishops Nympton, Creacombe, East Anstey, George Nympton, Kings Nympton, Knowstone, Mariansleigh, Meshaw, Molland, Queen’s Nympton, Romansleigh, Rose Ash, Satterleigh and Warkleigh, South Molton, West Anstey.


11 South Tawton: Belstone, Chagford, Drewsteignton, Gidleigh, Hittisleigh, Sampford Courtney, South Tawton, Spreyton, Sticklepath, Throwleigh.


12 South Brent and Ivybridge areas: Brixton, Cornwood, Diptford, Ermington, Harford, Holbeton, Ivybridge, Modbury, Newton Ferrers, North Huish, Revelstoke, South Brent, Ugborough, Wembury, Yealmpton.


13 Ashburton and North East Dartmoor: Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Holne, Ilsington, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Widecombe-in-the-Moor.  


14 Teignmouth and Dawlish: Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Dawlish, Haccombe-with-Coombe, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, Teignmouth.


15 Chudleigh & Teign Valley: Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Chudleigh, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock, Dunsford, Hennock, Ideford, Tedburn St. Mary, Trusham.


16 Dartmoor: Brentor, Bridestowe, Coryton, Lamerton, Lewtrenchard, Lydford, Mary Tavy, Peter Tavy, Sydenham Damerel.


17 Plymouth


18 Plympton St Mary:  Bickleigh (Plymouth), Plympton St Mary, Plympton St. Maurice, Plymstock, Shaugh Prior, Tamerton Foliot.  


19 Tavistock: Bere Ferrers, Buckland Monachorum, Horrabridge, Meavy, Sampford Spiney, Sheepstor, Walkhampton, Whitchurch. 


20 Black Torrington: Black Torrington, Bradford, Buckland Filleigh, Cookbury, Hollacombe, Milton Damerel, Newton St. Petrock, Shebbear, Sheepwash, Thornbury. 


21 Cruwys Morchard:  Bickleigh (Tiverton), Cadbury, Cadeleigh, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Cruwys Morchard, Poughill, Puddington, Shobrooke, Stockleigh English, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Thorverton, Upton Hellions.


22 Crediton: Cheriton Bishop, Crediton, Kennerleigh, Morchard Bishop, Newton St Cyres, Sandford, Thelbridge, Washford Pyne, Woolfardisworthy (East).


23 Honiton: Awliscombe, Buckerell, Combe Raleigh, Farway, Feniton, Gittisham, Honiton, Northleigh, Offwell, Payhembury, Widworthy.  


24 Ashwater: Ashwater, Broadwoodwidger, Clawton, Halwill, Lufincott, Northcott, St. Giles on the Heath, Tetcott, Virginstow.  


25 Exminster: Alphington, Exminster, Holcombe Burnell, Ide, Shillingford St. George, Topsham, Whitestone.  


26 Chulmleigh: Burrington, Chawleigh, Cheldon, Chittlehamholt, Chulmleigh, East & West Worlington, Lapford, Rackenford, Witheridge.  


27 Winkleigh:  Ashreigney, Bondleigh, Brushford, Coldridge, Eggesford, Nymet Rowland, Wembworthy, Winkleigh.


28 Tiverton: Bampton, Calverleigh, Highly St. Mary, Huntsham, Loxbeare, Morebath, Oakford, Stoodeigh, Templeton, Tiverton, Washfield.


29 Dartmouth and the Start Bay/River Dart Estuary Parishes: Blackawton, Buckland-Touts-Saints, Charlton, Chivelstone, Cornworthy, Dartmouth, Dittisham, East Allington, East Portlemouth, Halwell, Moreleigh, Sherford and Frogmore, Slapton, South Pool, Stoke Fleming, Stokenham, Strete, Woodleigh.   


30 Totnes area: Ashprington, Berry Pomeroy, Broadhempston, Buckfastleigh, Dartington, Dean Prior, Harberton, Littlehempston, Rattery, Staverton, Torbryan, Totnes, West Buckfastleigh, Woodland.


31 Exmoor Fringes: Bratton Fleming, Brendon, Challacombe, Charles, Countisbury, High Bray, Lynton & Lynmouth, Martinhoe, North Molton, Parracombe, Stoke Rivers, Trentishoe, Twitchin.  


32 North Coast:  Arlington, Berrynarbour, Bittadon, Combe Martin, East Down, Georgeham, Ilfracombe, Kentisbury, Loxhore, Mortehoe, West Down.   


33 Barnstaple   


34 Taw Estuary: Ashford, Braunton, Heaton Punchardon, Marwood, Shirwell, West Pilton.


35 The A361 valley and surrounds: Bishops Tawton, Chittlehampton, East & West Buckland, Filleigh, Goodleigh, Landkey, Swimbridge.   


36 Torrington: Beaford, Dolton, Dowland, Frithelstock, Great Torrington, Huish, Langtree, Little Torrington, Merton, Peters Marland, Petrockstowe, Roborough, St Giles in the Wood.


37 Okehampton: Ashbury, Beaworthy, Bratton Clovelly, Germansweek, Highampton, Inwardleigh, Northlew, Okehampton, Sourton.  


38 East of the Exe: Clyst Honiton, Clyst St George, Clyst St Mary, Heavitree, Littleham (Exmouth), Lympstone, Pinhoe, Sowton, Withycombe Raleigh, Woodbury.


39 Lifton: Bradstone, Dunterton, Kelly, Lifton, Marystow, Milton Abbot, Stowford, Thrushelton.


40 Hatherleigh: Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Hatherleigh, Honeychurch, Iddesleigh, Jacobstowe, Meeth, Monkokehampton.


41 Tawstock:  Alverdiscott, Atherington, Fremington, High Bickington, Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey, Huntshaw, Tawstock, Yarnscombe.


42 Sidmouth: Bicton, Branscombe, Budleigh Salterton, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Otterton, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Southleigh, Venn Ottery.


43 Ottery St Mary: Aylesbeare, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St Lawrence, Farringdon, Newton Poppleford & Harpford, Ottery St Mary, Rockbeare, Talaton, Whimple.


44 Broadclyst:  Brampford Speke, Broad Clyst, Huxham, Nether Exe, Poltimore, Rewe, Stoke Canon, Upton Pyne.


45 Cullompton: Blackborough, Bradninch, Broadhembury, Butterleigh, Cullompton, Halberton, Kentisbeare, Plymtree, Silverton, Uffculme, Willand.


46 Somerset Border: Burlescombe, Clayhanger, Clayhiddon, Culmstock, Hemyock, Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Sampford Peverell, Uplowman.


47 Dunkeswell:  Chardstock, Cotleigh, Dunkeswell, Luppitt, Membury, Monkton, Sheldon, Stockland, Upottery, Yarcombe.

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