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Devon is a maritime county in the south west of England. It is bordered by Cornwall on the west, with Dorset and Somerset to the east. There is evidence that the county has been inhabited since Stone Age times.

The Devon Baptism Registers cover baptisms for most of the Anglican parishes in the county except for those in the Plymouth and West Devon area, which are already available separately on findmypast in partnership with the record office there. Before 1837 there was no civil registration of births, so all births were registered in the local parish. The 1.5 million records contained within the baptism registers date as far back as 1538.

The amount of information listed varies, but baptism registers tend to list an individual’s name, year of birth, date and parish of baptism, as well as their parents’ names, occupations and residence. Baptism records are of valuable assistance in uncovering the details of a previous generation.