"A county of England, reaching from the Bristol to the English Channel, and bounded by Cornwall, and Somersetshire, and Dorsetshire.It is 69 miles in length, and 60 in breadth, and is divided into 31 hundreds.
But in the valleys and lower ground the soil is fertile.
Its rivers are the Exe, the Culm, the Dart, the Tamar, the Otter, &c.
Some parts of its coasts are composed of lofty cliffs, but at others there is a beautiful sandy shore. It sends 22 members to parliament." (From NOTE 1: The Devon Search Facility can be used to search all the GENUKI/Devon pages kept at the University of Newcastle for particular words and phrases, and the Online Gazetteer of Devon to identify which town or parish a place is located in.
The air and climate are so mild and salubrious that invalids often retire to its sea-ports for the winter. There is also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file for these Devon pages, and a What's New page listing major recent additions.
Limestone, granite, some building-stone, and a species of wood-coal are found here, as well as some kinds of variegated marble. and fruit trees, especially apples, whence much cider is made. The DEVON mailing list associated with GENUKI/Devon is (now co-sponsored by the Devon FHS).
For information related to specific families or individuals see Genealogies, and Biographies; to locate transcripts of wills for specific individuals see Wills.NOTE 2: Volunteers are sought for the Devon Pre-1841 Census and Population Listing Transcription Project, the Devon Book Indexing Project, and the Devon Online Parish Clerks scheme.The Record Offices and Local Studies Libraries that come under Devon County Council 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.Collectively these provide the principal genealogy-related resources in Devon.However the respective reponsibilities and resources of Devon Heritage Services, and of the Plymouth-based services are not easily disentangled - hopefully the links given below will help.