Family History Societies -
Cornwall to Denbighshire

This section lists county associations from Cornwall to Denbighshire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.


Cornwall FHS:


18 Lemon Street



Cornwall FHS was founded in 1976 and its aim is 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.

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.

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

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

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


Polperro FHS:



Founded in 2002, the Society now has over 250 members. The members have carried out considerable research into the former families of Polperro, and anyone with Polperro ancestry is welcome to apply for membership.



Cumbria FHS:


Beth Banks
c/o Cumbria FHS
13 Hall Moor Court





The Society was founded in 1976 and aims to help people who have an interest in researching their genealogy. They cover the current county of Cumbria, which is all of the pre-1974 counties of Cumberland and Westmorland. 

The association also covers parts of Lancashire that are north of Morecambe Bay (North Lonsdale) and the West Riding parish of Sedbergh.

A map of parishes covered by the Society is accessible.

A forum is accessible, this providing notices about the Society, transcriptions from the Carlisle Journal and Carlisle Patriot and Memorial Inscriptions, which is a project aiming to transcribe all the gravestones in Cumbria.  A surname list from Roland Grigg is also available.

A newsletter is published by the Society in February, May, August and November which is available as an electronic download or printed version.  An example is shown on their site, but the current newsletters are available to members only.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • Burial Indexes
  • Children's Homes
  • Dictionary of Family History
  • Family History on the Internet
  • Historical Research using British Newspapers
  • History of Adoption in England and Wales 1850-1961
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • What happened in Gt Grandmama's Time - Life in Cumberland 1600-2000


Furness FHS:

This group is listed under Lancashire


Clwyd FHS:

This group is listed under Flintshire

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