Winner of the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2013

Dedicated to the history and heritage of the town of Brixham in Devon



Family History Research



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What service do we offer?

You can choose up to 3 names. These can be surnames or individuals, vessel names, or addresses. We will search our database for related items and will e-mail or post you a list of any relevant entries, with an indication of the extent of any additional detail available. The search service is performed on a first-received-first-answered basis. The average response time is 14 days from receipt of an enquiry.

Members have access to the Museum library and to our archives (by arrangement).

Obviously, more information will be available on a whole family, than on a specific individual. Whilst the database is extensive, there is more information which we would like to add to the database than is on it. Consequently we can not guarantee that specific information will be found. Information about people in the last 100 years is restricted to protect people's privacy.

How do I request a search?

There is an initial search fee of £20 for two hours for family history enquiries. This is non-returnable. In the event that we do not find any information relevant to the enquiry we will still have incurred costs making the search and replying. If there is a requirement for further searches there is a charge of £10 per hour.

Cheques should be made payable to Brixham Heritage Museum.

Or you may donate via Paypal.

Please let us know if you pay U.K. tax, as we may be able to claim additional money from the taxman.

Write with your requirements to Brixham Heritage Museum, Bolton Cross, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 8LZ.

Please note that there may be a delay of 6-8 weeks to research your family history if we have a lot of enquiries in process.

Whats on the database?

Entries are being added to regularly. There are now over 42,000 names and associated items indexed, in many cases from exclusive information in our collection, and much data recorded by our members in the course of their research. Amongst the data there are, for example, selected entries from:

  • Church baptism, marriage and death registers
  • Trade directories
  • Census returns
  • Family bibles
  • Monumental inscriptions
  • Conveyances, leases, indentures and deeds
  • Mariner's certificates
  • Photographs
  • Ship owners & masters lists
  • Apprentice agreements
  • Tithe apportionments
  • British Seamen’s Orphan Boys Home registers
  • Listed buildings registers
  • Local newspapers