The North Devon Record Office provides a full archive service to the north of the county and holds records relating to the area of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple and of North Devon and Torridge District Councils.
The most commonly used archive items – Church of England parish registers for the whole of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay – have been microfilmed and are available at this office.
Many Church of England parish registers have been digitised and are available online via Find My Past. Free access to Find My Past is provided.
Microfiche of some other filmed sources such as non-conformist registers, Bishops’ Transcripts and tithe maps and apportionments are also available at all three offices. Microfiche of filmed electoral registers, land tax assessments and the Inland Revenue wills series are available at both the Devon Heritage Centre and North Devon Record Office.
The North Devon Record Office holds collections from churches and chapels, borough courts, solicitors, estates and families, local authorities and poor law unions, hospitals, clubs, societies and charities, businesses and schools in the North Devon area. Some collections which were previously held at Exeter have been transferred to the North Devon Record Office since 1988. The Local Studies collection relating to North Devon is also available. The North Devon Athenaeum, which is a private library also shares the searchroom facilities.