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About us

Based in Devon 


Devon Family History Research is based near Kingsbridge, in the heart of the South Hams district of Devon, UK.  


Although all of the Devon archive offices are within easy reach if necessary, much of the work can now be carried out online.


It is owned and run by Catherine Plowden BA (Hons).


Graduate researchers


All of the researchers are graduates.

Catherine Plowden


Catherine is a graduate of University College London, and has completed a specialist family and local history course with the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee.


Catherine is an experienced researcher, with proven analytical skills.  She's had a life-long passion for genealogy and social history, and before setting up her business, helped many friends discover more about their family history. 

Catherine has been working on her own family history in her spare time for over fifteen years, and has enjoyed going back many generations in considerable detail.

She's taken a particular interest in her ancestors' life histories, which she finds fascinating.


Devon ancestry


Catherine is particularly proud of her Devon ancestry - which goes back hundreds of years. Her ancestors have also come from other locations in Britain - with recent ancestors coming from Cumbria and Shropshire, as well as Belgium, France and the USA.


Photographic skills


Catherine is a keen photographer, and was an official photographer on a large summer expedition to east Greenland as a student. She has sold a number of photographs for publication in books and journals.


Catherine takes all of the clients' photographs. See some of her Devon photos on Flickr and Instagram.




For the full range of services offered click here.




Read some of our clients' testimonials here.

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A Devon churchyard © Devon Family History Research

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