The Devon Family History Society Events

This year The Devon Family History Society are hosting 5 events, including daily access and support with helping you trace your family’s past.

The Devon Family History Society, formed in 1976, is one of the largest Family History Societies in the UK. The Society is a member of the Family History Federation, an international body which has over 160 member societies throughout the world. Contact with other societies encourages mutual interests and reciprocal research. 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. For more information visit

As part of this year’s History Festival, the Society are offering one to one Tree House Help Desk sessions throughout the duration of the festival. The Tree House research centre has a wealth of information and resources along with experienced, friendly volunteers on hand to help and guide you. Whether you’re just starting out in family history or you’ve hit a brick wall and don’t know how to break it, the Tree House could open new pathways to the past. Your reward could be a realistic and meaningful discovery of your ancestors.

In addition to this, they are hosting four free talks via a zoom platform which are free
and open for anyone to attend.

These are:

Sat 8 May 2.30pm Parish Rates for Family Historians 1500-1650 by Dr Todd Gray

Wed 19 May 7.30pm Manorial Records – Caroline Gurney

Fri 21 May 7.30pm British and Irish Newspapers – Chris Paton

Tue 25 May 7.30pm General Joseph Palmer: Devonian & American – Graham Naylor

Booking – To arrange a one-to-one Treehouse session, email: and put Plymouth History Festival in the Subject Box, with
brief details of your query in your message. A volunteer will email you with a suggested date and time.

To attend any of the online talks, email, put Plymouth
History Festival in the Subject Box, and add details of the talk(s) you wish to attend in your message.

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