I was interested to see the e-mail from Richard Fowler in which he
mentions St. Thomas, Exeter. I have looked on the LDS site under
"Library" and apparently for this church they hold microfilm of
original records at Exeter Public Library.So I'm a bit confused - if
they were allowed to film these records, were they then refused
permission to put them in the IGI? I am interested in this church
but it's not a straightforward look-up, so it looks as if I'll have
to contact my local LDS centre, which I think is Worthing.
Your posting intrigued me, so I checked to see exactly what the LDS
catalogue says, and found it is:
Title: Parish register transcripts, 1554-1837
Authors: Church of England. St. Thomas the Apostle's Church (Exeter)
Notes: Microfilm of original records at the Exeter Public Library.
and that there are similar entries for many of the Exeter parishes.
I interpret this wording to mean that the LDS has a film of a
*transcription* the original of which is held at the Exeter Public
If you look under Church Records on the GENUKI/Devon main page you
will find an explanation that what the LDS have in their files and
extracted into the IGI the IGI are not copies of original PRs (which
they were and are not allowed to film) but transcripts - mainly ones
produced years ago and held in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society
Library, which is now located within the Westcountry Studies Library
in Exeter - see:
It would appear that the LDS have located and filmed a set of Exeter
PR transcripts that are in the main Exeter Public Library. These
could be a copy a copy of a Devon & Cornwall Record Society
transcription, or something separate. (I've not been able to tell by
inspection of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society Library shelf-list,
or the Devon County Council Library Catalogue.
This is all I can establish from a distance - however, anyone who
borrowed the LDS films, or who visited the Exeter Public Library,
should be able to provide a definitive answer, so I encourage you to
investigate via your local FDS FHC.
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