The South Hams Bishop's Transcripts

 The Bishop's Transcripts (BTs) are copies of parish registers which were made once a year in each parish and forwarded to the Bishop of Exeter for archiving. They can be very helpful in resolving ambiguities in the register and even filling in any missing pages. However, the BTs suffer the same problems as the registers: the writing is sometimes difficult to read and several years are missing. There is also the danger that the BTs themselves may contain transcription errors, and that errors may have crept in during the archiving process. This resource should therefore be treated with the usual caution.

FamilySearch is starting to make images of extant Devon BTs available online. Provided you have already registered, you may view images of these BTs for free using the film numbers listed here. The table below indicates the film numbers for those South Hams parishes where images of the BTs up to 1812 are available. The included BTs vary from parish to parish, but generally start around 1600.

Many of the later BTs have been indexed, and presumably more and more will be in the future. To search this index, click here.




Ashprington 4376392 Diptford 4399462
Aveton Gifford 4376455 Dittisham 4399484
Berry Pomeroy 4376558 Dodbrooke 4399516
Bigbury 4376585 East Allington 4376173
Blackawton 4392310 East Portlemouth 5745500
Buckfastleigh 4392890 Ermington 5882470
Charleton 4394943 Halwell 5882801-2
Chivelstone 4394989 Harberton 5882803
Churchstow 4395146 Harford 5882804
Cornwood 4398895 Holbeton 5882817
Cornworthy 4398939 Holne 5882821
Dartington 4399210 North Huish 5882828
Dartmouth St Clement (Townstal) 4399267 South Brent 4392481
Dartmouth St Petrox 4399228 South Huish 5882829
Dartmouth St Saviour 4399248 West Alvington 4376240
Dean Prior 4399408    

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