Useful Websites

Frank Richards highly respected headmaster of Sticklepath County Primary School. He would have encouraged use of encyclopaedias, but never dreamt of the facilities of the internet!


Sticklepath and surrounding villages

Sticklepath Heritage Group and the Quaker Burying Ground

Sticklepath Conservation Area Appraisal 2017 is a great history, also look at the home page and search for Sticklepath for other items. 

Finch Foundry National Trust page

The Dartmoor Trust photo archive

South Tawton and area Family History Facebook Group (very helpful)

South Tawton Local History Group update and Facebook group

Belstone history site

Genealogy sites with free resources for family history:

Links to Sampford Courtenay Records or for other places on Dusty Docs.

Family Search – build your tree, many resources and information about genealogy are free, census information, indexes of Parish records etc.

A range of subscription websites may have some free resources eg Findmypast, Ancestry, TheGenealogist. etc. and some libraries have subscriptions to such sites or newspaper archives, which mean you can access the sites free in the library and may enable you to access them from home during lockdown situations if you have a library card.

Devon Archives Online or visit in person. Lots of good guides and info as well as the actual records.

TNA The National Archive offers much help with your research and free documents, online or visit if you are keen!

Society of Genealogy many resources and help topics are free, online talks

GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of free genealogical information. Or put GENUKI and a place name into Google.

Cindi’s list is an index of free genealogical resources, similarly Hathi Trust and have lots of free books you can read online some Parish documents and local history for example. 

Join a local family history society. Devon FHS are very active, for only £15 a year (2021) you can access lots of great online talks and resources. Their facebook group is also very helpful for Devon.

Dr Janet Few’s website (includes online talks series £3 each) and great blog

The Free UK Genealogy family, which includes FreeCEN (Census data), FreeREG (Parish Registers) and FreeBMD which aims to transcribe the Civil Registration Index for births marriages and deaths for England and Wales. 

GRO website you can order official BMD certificates here. (Cheaper than via subscription websites, cheaper as pdf by email than on paper). You need a free account, then free to search – useful for finding out maiden names of mothers. 

WILLS although you can see if something exists, there is a small charge (eg £1.50) to see the actual Will or probate documents.  Tabs for date ranges and Soldier’s wills also. Unfortunately many Devon wills were lost in the WW II bombing of Exeter. Some extracts are found in house deeds.

Find a Grave has most Belstone graves, a few South Tawton but visit the church in South Tawton and they have files documenting their graves. Few Sticklepath graves were on.

The British Newspaper Archive – some searches free.  Payment required for detail/more searches. (Make a note of the references and visit library or friend with a subscription!).

Genguide – UK and Irish sources

Don’t forget to sign up to online genealogy shows where lots of useful information can be found, and lots of talks at minimal cost. For example The Really Useful Family History Show. November 2021