- source: Family History Library Catalog
Stoke Damerel was one of the ancient parishes of Devon. The village, named Stoke, was a little way inland, but the parish included stretches of the coast west of Plymouth. The town of "Plymouth Dock" grew up in the parish around dockyards established at the start of the 18th century. Plymouth Dock was renamed Devonport in 1823. Devonport was constituted a Municipal Borough in 1837, with the Borough covering the whole of Stoke Damerel parish. Stoke Damerel parish was formally abolished in 1888, just before Devonport Municipal Borough was made a County Borough in 1889.
Devonport County Borough was in turn abolished in 1914, becoming part of Plymouth County Borough. Plymouth was made a city in 1928.
The former village of Stoke is now surrounded by suburban development.
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Stoke, also referred to by its earlier name of Stoke Damerel, is a parish, that was once part of the historical Devonport; this was prior to 1914. In 1914, Devonport and Plymouth amalgamated along with East Stonehouse; the new town took the name of Plymouth. Since the amalgamation Stoke has been an inner suburb of Plymouth in the English county of Devon.
Stoke is now densely built up with family houses and bisected by the main railway line from Paddington Station in London to Penzance. The parish church is notable not only for its evolving architecture, but also its contents and historical connections. The area has been prosperous for several hundred years, and there are some distinguished private houses dating to Georgian and Victorian times.
and then, after mergers, covering the same geographical area,
Further information on Plymouth's registration district is missing from source notes (Brett Langston's List of Devon Registration Districts, see below)
- Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Devonshire Northand Devonshire South illustrate the parish boundaries of Devon when rural districts were still in existence. The maps publication year is 1931. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. These maps are now downloadable for personal use.
- GENUKI has a new map feature on its individual Devon parish pages. Each parish page includes an outline map of parishes in the region of the one under inspection. By clicking on this map the user is taken to a blow-up of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file] provided by R. J. P. Kain and R. R. Oliver of the History Data Service of Colchester, Essex (distributed by UK Data Archive).
- Devon County Council's Record Offices and Local Studies Libraries are being reorganized and amalgamated to form the Devon Heritage Services, comprising the Devon Heritage Centre (Exeter) and the North Devon Record Office (Barnstaple). These developments, which are described in Historical Records: A New Future for Devon's Heritage, do not affect the other major Devon archive, the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, or the Local Studies Library, which are located in Plymouth and come under the Plymouth City Council. (Devon FHS report that Plymouth Record Office has just aquired new premises.) There is a guide entitled Which heritage centre or record office should I visit? which is provided to explain the organization further.
- Devon Family History Society Mailing address: PO Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP, United Kingdom. Specialized contacts for membership, publications, queries, etc. The society has branches in various parts of the county. It is the largest Family History Society in the United Kingdom.
- Devon has a Online Parish Clerk (OPC) Project. Only about half of the parishes have a volunteer contributing local data. For more information, consult the website, especially the list at the bottom of the homepage.
- GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Devon as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes. Devon is one of the counties on the GENUKI website that has recently (summer 2015) been updated. The maps described above are just one of the innovations.
- The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish.
- A Vision of Britain through Time has
- organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
- excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
- reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
- More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
- Users studying the Plymouth area are recommended to check the GENUKI page for Plymouth which is lengthy but recently updated (summer 2015). Two entries under the heading "Genealogy" are:
- Donald Curkeet's Plymouth Devonshire and Surrounding Parishes for Family Genealogy website provides church and churhyard photographs, and information, in some cases including parish register name indexes, for a number of Plymouth area parishes.
- Plymouth is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc. (For Plymouth they supply lists on specific events or groups of people at varying dates.)