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How to make use of CAHMS's family history Research Corner

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Find your past at the Crediton Family History Research Centre.

As a consequence of the Covid-19 restrictions, the Research Corner is not currently open for face-to-face work, but we are attempting to offer an online service with our volunteers working from home. In the following notes, please disregard references to physical visits to the museum. See the Contact Us page for details of how to get in touch.

  • Crediton Archives - items from our archive collection can be brought to you at the research centre by prior arrangement.

  • Parish Registers - we hold fiche copies of parish registers, including records for baptisms, marriages and burials from the 1500s to the 1900s for Credition and other surrounding parishes.

  • Tithe Maps - we have fiche copies of local tithe maps and apportionment indexes which show land ownership and use around the 1840s.

  • Memorial Inscriptions - transcriptions of incriptions on headstone in local churchyards

Visitors to the research centre may use our subscription to FindMyPast to research further afield. Their collection includes:

  • scanned images of UK Census returns from 1841 to 1911

  • transcribed records of baptism, marriage and burial records from other parishes in England & Wales
  • civil registration indexes for births, marriages and deaths
  • many other genealogical sources such as military records, passenger lists

You may also use our PCs to access other family history internet sites. 

Our volunteers are happy to help those who are uncomfortable with PCs or the internet.

Opening Hours and Costs

The Research Corner is open from 10am to 1pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, subject to volunteer availability. We are willing to consider opening on other occasions by appointment, again subject to volunteer availability. Please understand that, on occasions, one volunteer can have his or her hands full with one customer, and won't be able to assist other customers. It would be helpful if prospective customers could contact us in advance, especially before travelling any significant distance.

From Nov 1st 2017 our charges are £4 per hour during normal opening hours, or you can buy a block of 10 hours for £25. There is also a small charge for printing.

We may also be able to carry out research on behalf of distant clients, for which we charge £10 per hour, subject to a minimum charge of £10. Email us for further information on

A flier describing our family history research is available to download and print. If you are able to place a copy on a noticeboard at a local outlet it would be much appreciated.


Busy time at the Research Corner

 Busy time at the Research Corner.