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Torbay Library Services

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): DEV

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Torquay Reference Library
Lymington Road
Tel. 01803 208305
Fax. 01803 208307
[email protected]

Opening hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 to 7pm
Tuesday 9:30 to 5pm
Thursday 9:30 to 1pm
Saturday 9:30 to 4pm

Other Libraries:

3. Research Service

Service available? No

Fee-based? N/A

Provided by local Record Office? Yes. Contact Devon Record Office
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations Not held

5. Census returns

All those listed are filed in Torquay Local Studies
1841 Torbay
1851* Torbay
1861 Newton Abbot, Totnes & Kingsbridge Unions
1871 Torbay
1881* Torbay
1891 Newton Abbot, Totnes & Kingsbridge Unions
1901 Newton Abbot, Totnes & Kingsbridge Unions

* Starred material includes the Latter-Day Saints Devon Indexes for 1851 and 1881.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Held at Torquay Local Studies:
Devon 1830-1939 (various publishers, some gaps)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Torbay (for early years, just Torquay and Paignton) 1910-73.
Various other local towns (Plymouth, Exeter, Newton Abbot, etc); mostly short runs, all later than 1880.

6(c) Telephone Directories

Devon and Cornwall, 1964 onwards (may be some gaps)

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Torquay (later Torbay) Constituency 1936 - date.

Also St. Marychurch 1899

7(b) Poll Books

None held

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 (microfiche) at Torquay

9. Unpublished Indexes

Obituaries Index: Covering local newspapers. This index is intended for the use of personal callers. Please ring for details.

Copy of Devon Local Studies Index (books etc) as at Westcountry Studies Library.

Card index and database to local newspaper cuttings files
(All at Torquay Local Studies)

10. Parish Registers

Torbay and c.5 mile radius. Microfiche of originals, held on loan from Devon Record Office; some gaps where originals not yet microfilmed.

NB: no photocopying of these allowed here.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Buckfast Abbey chronicle (1931-70)
Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries (vol. 1 -)
Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings (Vol. 1 -)
Devon Bird Report (or equivalent) (1948 -)
Devon Historian (Vol. 1 -)
(London) Devonian Year Book 1910-53
Devonshire Association Report and Transactions (vol. 1 - )
Torquay Natural History Society Transactions (vol. 1 -)
Torquay Pottery Collectors' Society Magazine (Vol. 1 -)

Plus various other titles, many now defunct

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

None held

13. Other material

Local newspapers (mostly on microfilm):

Herald Express (1921 - )
Paignton News (1932 - 1976)
Paignton Observer (1892 - 1962)
Torquay Directory (1848-1932, 1935-48)
Torquay Times (1869 - 1976)

Also various short runs of other (mostly short-lived) publications

Paignton Amusement and Visitors Guide 1903 - 1915, 1920 - 1939
Paignton Echo Oct 1891 to Feb 1894
Paignton Gazette 1877 to 1887
Torquay Chronicle Mar 1849 to Jan 1865
Torquay Directory 1846 to Oct 1849
The above were all received as part of the Newsplan Project.

14. Guides to Collections

None held

15. Local Record Offices

Devon Record Office
Castle Street
Tel: 01392 384253

Devon Record Office North
Tuly Street
EX31 1EL
Tel: 01271-388608.

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office
Unit 3
Clare Place
Tel: 01752 305940.

Other information