Useful Web Links
Archives, catalogues and indexes - if the Cornish Studies Library and Cornwall Record Office do not have the sources you require, these sites will let you interrogate the catalogues of other major institutions:
A2A - catalogues of over 350 local record offices and repositories from throughout the UK.
National Archives - umbrella website of the Public Record Office and the Historical Manuscripts Commission. Includes the wills of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (over 7000 of which are Cornish).
COPAC - catalogues of over 20 major UK research libraries
British Library - the catalogue of the British Library
Cornish history - a few general interest sites covering archaeology, historic photographs etc.
The Modern Antiquarian - not specific to Cornwall but contains details (including directions) and images of several hundred antiquities in the county.
Francis Frith - several thousand images of the County are available to view on the Francis Frith site. The Cornish Studies Library holds the original photographs.
Gibsons of Scilly - some particularly good shipwreck pictures here from the archives of the Gibson family of photographers.
Listed Buildings - the Images of England website is continually expanding. At the moment there are approximately 12000 views (with descriptions) of Cornish listed buildings.
Rame Heritage - a collection of old photographs and postcards which provides a unique glimpse into the everyday life of the Rame Peninsula during tha last 100 years.
Flying Past - a site dedicated to Cornwall's archaeological and historic sites of interest - lots of aerial photographs.
Cornish Language Board and Cornish Language Fellowship - Warlinnen ("online") is owned by the Cornish Language Fellowship but includes content from the Cornish Language Board.
Family history - the following web sites are used regularly by staff and are, therefore, those we feel are most useful and/or user friendly. There are obviously many others, either specific to Cornish genealogy or of a more general nature. We suggest you look at the family history pages of the Plymouth and Cornwall Cyber Library or a family history links page such as Genuki or Cyndi's List.
Census indexes/transcriptions etc (these are the free ones, others are available but usually require some form of subscription/payment)
1841 - http://www.freecen.org.uk/ (complete for Cornwall) also a CD Rom based index with facsimiles of the original pages is available at the Cornish Studies Library.
1851 - http://www.freecen.org.uk/ (approx. 30% complete for Cornwall) also, a printed index is available at the Cornish Studies Library.
1861 - http://www.freecen.org.uk/ (approximately 70% complete for Cornwall) also a CD Rom based index with facsimiles of the original pages is available at the Cornish Studies Library.
1871 - http://www.mytrees.com/cgi-bin/extracted?-1+0+000000+English+0-0+crcensus+uk - go direct with this link or from the homepage follow the link to UK genealogy and then click on the 1871 Cornwall UK census link
1881 - http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/default.asp from the homepage click on SEARCH at the top of the page then the Census link on the left hand side.
1891 - http://www.freecen.org.uk/ is 100% complete for Cornwall
Other useful Cornwall specific sites
Genuki Cornwall - an extensive site of Cornish genealogy links
Online Parish Clerks - links to the web sites of individual parishes, many with transcriptions of parish registers and other records. Also lists email addresses of each parish "clerk" (co-ordinator).
Monumental Inscriptions - transcriptions of headstones from several Cornish cemeteries. There are several other sites which include some monumental inscriptions (check Genuki Cornwall as a starting point) but this site is the most comprehensive even though it doesn't appear to have been updated for a year or two.
Cornwall Railway Society - Information on the history of Cornwall's railways including a nice selection of historic images
Useful sites not specific to Cornwall
South West Image Bank - a huge collection of images of the wider region including the Western Morning News photo archive.
IGI - part of the Latter Day Saints site this is a fully searchable index of several million Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from around the world. Also take a look at Hugh Wallis's batch numbers, which list the batch numbers for particular parish's/town's, thus enabling one to narrow down one's search.
Passenger lists - this site lists passengers on ships bound from the UK to Australia. Many of whom were Cornish.
FreeCen - as mentioned above. This site is gradually building up a searchable census database covering England and Wales.
Ancestry - Most of the resources on this site require a subscription though it does allow free access to some databases. Note though, that Cornwall Library Service has subscribed so access to the site is available from branch libraries across Cornwall.
Free family tree templates - family tree templates available in PDF form. These free forms can be used to create your own personal family tree.
Miscellaneous sites - a few sites that are useful/interesting in their own way and that are well worth a look
CornwallCam - a selection of contemporary photographs of the county, updated daily
Old Maps - six inch to the mile historical maps of the United Kingdom
This is Cornwall - a local news site, updated daily