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The Devon burial registers cover burials for most of the Anglican parishes in the English county of Devon and contain over a million records. Those in the Plymouth and West Devon area are already available separately on findmypast in partnership with the record office there.

Before 1837 there was no civil registration of deaths, so all deaths were registered in the local parish. These parish registers date back to 1538.

Covering 375 years of Devonshire history, the records can include useful biographical information such as the full name of the deceased, the date of their death and burial, their age at death, their place of residence and religious denomination.