The Totnes Archive is situated immediately behind the Totnes Museum, which you access via a cobbled alleyway, and is open all year round, Thursdays and Fridays, 10.30-4.00. We welcome visitors,
and are happy to assist newcomers to family and local history.
One of our most popular acquisitions is the local newspaper, the Totnes Times, from 1860 to the present day – be prepared to get diverted with tales of Totnes scandals, murders and mayhem.
House history is another popular area of research- we hold deeds and early rentals to some old properties. With access to the censuses 1841-1911 and local directories from 1830 it is sometimes possible to trace who lived in a particular property over the years.
If you conducting your own 'Who do you think you are' The Totnes Archives are a great place to start!
For Devon family historians we have parish registers on microfiche for much of the South Hams and the eastern side of Dartmoor and also files of family information.
Help can be provided to research in other parts of the country. There is nothing we like better than the challenge of finding your elusive ancestors and solving your puzzles.
In more detail you can find information relating to; Index to Coroners’ Inquests in Totnes Times 1860 onwards, Deeds, Wills and Totnes Land Tax transcriptions as well as a host of research on the First World War relating to Totnes and local area. We also have handwritten records of WWII killed and wounded in Devon, which gives age, address, and the date of event. Added to that we have a CD of the transcript of Broadhempston parish registers 1678-1900, & we are currently compiling the Bastardy records for Totnes and surroundings, 1780-1903, from various sources.
New records added in September 2016
Will with codicils of Sally Adams, Ashburton, 1814
Map "Public Rights of Way around Dittisham, 1986"
"The Country Houses of Devon, Vols I & II" by Hugh Meller
Various deeds regarding properties in Totnes at The Plains (Dartmouth Inn), Leechwell Street, High Street, Christina Park, Maudlyn Close; also land at Harberton.
N.B. The Archives will be closed on Friday the Friday October 7th.