Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

Project Tags

This is the Umbrella Project Page for Devon England.

  • Administrative centre Exeter
  • County Flower - Primrose
  • People from Devon are called - Devonians
  • Famous for:
  • Clotted Cream
  • breed of cats - Devon Rex.
  • Devon cattle are red in color, varying in shade from a rich deep red to a light red or chestnut color
  • Dartmoor ponies
  • Places of Interest
  • Dartmoor

Devon (sometimes referred to as Devonshire in older documents) is the second largest county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is a part of South West England, and bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the northeast, and Dorset to the east. The City of Exeter is the county town.

Devon is distinguished as the only county of England to have two separate coastlines (northern and southern), both of which are peppered by lofty cliffs and sandy shores; Devon's bays are typically used as fisheries, ports or seaside towns used for tourism. The inland terrain of Devon is broadly rural and hilly, and has a low population density in comparison to other counties of England. Dartmoor, the largest open space in southern England at 954 km2 (368 square miles), is indicative of the Devonshire uplands, covered with wide moorland and underlying granite geology. In the valleys and lowlands the soil is fertile, traversed by rivers such as the Exe, the Culm, the Dart, and the Otter.

The traditional industries of Devon, for example fishing, mining and farming - now declining.

The Districts of Devon

//photos.geni.com/p13/a6/26/c4/4d/5344483a61575e24/devon_districts_original.jpg

  1. Exeter
  2. East Devon
  3. Mid Devon
  4. North Devon
  5. Torridge
  6. West Devon
  7. South Hams
  8. Teignbridge
  9. Plymouth (Unitary)
  10. Torbay (Unitary)

Devon derives its name from Dumnonia, which, during the British Iron Age and Roman Britain, was the homeland of the Dumnonii Celts. The Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain resulted in the partial assimilation of Dumnonia into the Kingdom of Wessex during the eighth and ninth centuries, resulting in emigration of some Celts to Cornwall and Domnonee (in what is now Brittany). Devon was constituted as a shire of the Kingdom of England thereafter, with the River Tamar forming the western boundary with Cornwall as set by King Æthelstan in 936.

The economy of Devon is linked closely with tourism. The comparative mild climate and salubrious landscape give rise to Devon as a destination for recreation and leisure in England, with travellers particularlly attracted to the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks, the Jurassic Coast, the Braunton Burrows UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape and the ribbon of resort towns along the south-coast known collectively as the English Riviera.

For Information about research in the County, including lists of people of renown connected to Devon and Families Researched on Geni go to Devon - Famous People

For Historical information about Devon visit Historical Devon - including connections to Historical figures, Gentry and political people connected with Devon.

The following people on Geni offer assistance -

If you have Devon connections please join the project and if you live in Devon and are prepared to offer advice or help of any kind please add yourself to the list above.

To participate in any project


- you do need to first be a collaborator - so join the project. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!

How to Participate

  • If you have any queries please start a discussion linked to this project. (See the menu top right).
  • Please add related projects to the menu on the right.
  • If you have links to related web pages that would be of interest to others please add them in the relevant section at the bottom of the page. In order to do this use the drop down menu at the top left of the screen and Join the Project. If this option is not available to you then contact a collaborator and ask to be added to the project. As a collaborator you will be able to edit this page.
  • Add any documents of interest using the menu at the top right of the page, and then add a link to the document in the text under the heading below. If you do not know how to do this please contact one of the other collaborators to assist you.

Please do not add the profiles off all your Devon born ancestors to this project or the People connected to Devon project. Rather add the earliest known person of a Devon family to the Devon - Family Heads project.

Parish Map

//photos.geni.com/p13/2e/16/60/b3/5344483a5e2f0c66/devon_75_large.jpg

from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

See http://www.geni.com/photo/view/4560155096930045739?photo_id=6000000019089678023 - open full view.

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devon