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.

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National Archives - (formerly the Public Record Office) 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.

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

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.

FreeBMD - incomplete but very comprehensive coverage of the civil index of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales (see also Ancestry below).

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. 

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