Help and advice for Devon
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Please DO NOT ask me for personal advice - though I am the maintainer of the GENUKI/Devon pages, in all probability I do not have the local knowledge that you require, leave alone the time to provide such a service, or at times even to reply to such queries. Instead, try sending a query to one of the Devon-related mailing lists.
However, I have provided a set of ready-made answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Devon, and GENUKI as a whole also has a Frequently Asked Questions file. Indeed, one of the things you should ask yourself when you have a problem is whether it is related just to Devon, or whether you should in fact be exploring the other levels of GENUKI (i.e the England level, or the UK & Ireland level), in order to find an answer.
A useful way of contacting others researching your surnames is to search the Roots Surname List, which has international coverage, or Graham Jaunay's On-line English Names Directory. You can, of course, submit your own surname interests to these lists, or to any of the other UK & Ireland-related surname lists.
You should also check to see if anyone is conducting a "One-Name" study on your surname(s) of interest. The Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS) web-site provides a Register of One-Name Studies.
Now if that hasn't put you off, it is quite likely that you may know some basic facts or have some specialist knowledge that will be of use to other people. For example, look at a town/parish page with plenty of information, such as Clovelly. That's bound to give you some ideas of what can be provided at a local level.
- Which is the local library which holds the local studies information for the town/parish?
- What are the GRO piece numbers and LDS film numbers for the censuses?
- Are there any census indexes, apart from 1851 and 1881, and who publishes them? If they exist but aren't published, where do you find them?
- Is there a local history or other society that may have relevant information?
- Have any books been published about the town/parish?
- What original records exist, have they been published, etc?
- Have you any out-of-copyright material about the town/parish that could usefully be transcribed and placed online?
So if you can provide any suitable information not currently on or linked to from the Devon page, or whichever would be the appropriate page for it in GENUKI/Devon, then do let me know using the form at the bottom of the page.
In addition, if you possess or have easy access to any books or other information resources, such as microfilmed original records, relating to Devon, and are willing to provide a lookup service, please let me know, and I will arrange to indicate this on the Devon page. And unless an index is already provided to such items, please consider contributing one - see the Devon Book Indexing Project.
If you have found a problem on the Devon page, or elsewhere in the GENUKI/Devon pages, then please report it on the following form. I will then do my best to fix it.
But let me repeat - please DO NOT use this form to ask for my personal assistance or advice with your genealogical problems. Instead, try sending a query to one of the Devon-related mailing lists.
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