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St Columb Major, Cornwall
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Pyder
County Cornwall
Poor Law Union St Columb Major PLU
Registration District St Columb
Records begin
Parish registers: 1539
Bishop's Transcripts: 1614
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Pydar
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Cornwall
Location of Archive
Cornwall Record Office


Parish History

COLUMB, ST., MAJOR (St. Columba), a market town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Pyder, E. division of Cornwall, 32 miles (S. W. by W.) from Launceston, and 245 (W. by S.) from London. There are places of worship for Bryanites, Independents, and Primitive and Wesleyan Methodists; also a Roman Catholic chapel at Llanherne. [1]


Civil Registration

Births, marriages and deaths were kept by the government from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

St Columb Major, Cornwall parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[2]
COPC = Cornwall Online Parish Clerks - free[3]
FMP = findmypast - (£)[4][5]
FREG = FreeREG - free[6]
FSBOOK = FamilySearch Books (FamilySearch) - free[7]
FS PRs = England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010 (FamilySearch) - free[8]
GOOG = Google Books - free[9]
IARC = Internet Archive - free[10]
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[11]
PALL = Pallot's Marriage Index (Ancestry) - (£)[12]
St Columb Major, Cornwall Online Parish Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images


COPC 1683-1913
1539-1551, 1571-1933
FMP 1540-1838

FREG 1540-1780
FSBOOK 1539-1780
GOOG 1539-1780
IARC 1539-1780
IGI 1540-1780



Images of parish registers are available online at FamilySearch Images refer to Cornwall Record Office reference: P36.

Images are also available for the St Columb Wesleyan Methodist Circuit reference vols 12-14

Cornwall Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource is the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks page for the parish.

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241271.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cornwall Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

There are many maps and gazetteers showing English places. Valuable web sites are:

  • 1851 Jurisdiction Maps
  • Vision of Britain


St Columb Major in GENUKI


  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 668-672. 15 March 2013.
  2. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  3. 'Coverage by Parish,' Cornwall Online Parish Clerks, accessed 2 December 2013.
  4. 'Cornwall Baptisms', Find My Past, accessed 25 November 2013.
  5. 'Cornwall Marriages', Find My Past, accessed 25 November 2013.
  6. 'Cornwall Coverage', FreeREG, accessed 18 November 2013.
  7. Arthur John Jewers, The Registers of the Parish of St. Columb Major, Cornwall, from the Year 1539 to 1780 (London: Hamilton, Adams and Co., 1881). Digitised by FamilySearch Books (FamilySearch) - free.
  8. 'England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010', FamilySearch, accessed 26 November 2013.
  9. Arthur John Jewers, The Registers of the Parish of St. Columb Major, Cornwall, from the Year 1539 to 1780 (London: Hamilton, Adams and Co., 1881). Digitised by Google Books - free.
  10. Arthur John Jewers, The Registers of the Parish of St. Columb Major, Cornwall, from the Year 1539 to 1780 (London: Hamilton, Adams and Co., 1881). Digitised by Internet Archive - free.
  11. Hugh Wallis, 'IGI Batch Numbers for Cornwall, England,' IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 21 November 2013.
  12. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.


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