Cornwall Family History Society

Cornwall Family History Society was founded in 1976, its aim being to encourage Cornish Genealogical Research.  

They publish a quarterly journal and have transcribed and indexed over 5 million records.  They have a library which is based in Truro.

Contact Information for Cornwall Family History Society


18 Lemon Street


A free index of female convicts sent to Tasmania is accessible on the site.  

Society Databases

Some databases are available on the site, which incorporate:

  • Baptism Indexes
  • Burial Records
  • Calendar of Probate
  • Cemetery Burial Books
  • Census Indexes
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Memorial Inscriptions

These databases can only be accessed by members of the Society.

Society Publications

Many publications and other items are sold by the Society, which include:

  • 500 Year Calendar
  • Access to the Research Database
  • Animal Collar - Cornish Tartan
  • Cornubian Index
  • Cotton Purse - Cornish Tartan/Hunters Tartan
  • Cotton Tie - Cornish Tartan/Hunters Tartan
  • Dog Lead - Cornish Tartan
  • Domesday Map - 1086
  • English-Cornish Dictionary
  • Family History on the Web
  • Fishing and Maritime Books
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Occupational Adventures of an Observant Nomad
  • Parish Register Indexes
  • Quaker Marriages pre-1837 and Burials 1813-1837
  • Silk Tie - Hunters Tartan

Clay and Mining Books sold by the Society include:

  • Bal Maidens, Women and Girls of Cornwall and Devon Mines
  • Bal Maidens of the St Just Peninsula
  • A Dangerous Place to Work
  • Exploring Cornish Mines (Three Volumes)
  • Methods of Tin and Copper Dressing in Cornwall
  • St Austell Bal Maidens
  • Voices from the Dressing Floors

Fishing and Maritime books sold by the Society include:

  • Cornwall's Lighthouse
  • Cornwall's Shipwrecks: North Coast
  • The Maritime History of Cornwall: An Introduction
  • The Seafarers of Port Isaac

Institutional Books are also available for sale, which include:

  • Bodmin Buildings: Hotels and Inns
  • Bodmin Buildings: Institutions
  • Bodmin Buildings: Mount Folly
  • A Guide to Bodmin Jail and its History
  • History of Bodmin Jail
  • Social History of Bodmin Union Workhouse

Research Service

If you are unable to visit their Library, the Society, for payment of a fee, can conduct research on your behalf.


Polperro Family History Society

Polperro Family History Society was founded in 2002, and now has over 250 members.

Contact Information for Polperro Family History Society

The members have carried out considerable research into the former families of Polperro, and anyone with Polperro ancestry is welcome to apply for membership.


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