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For a listing of records available by parish, check out the [http://www.cornwallfhs.com/ Cornwall Family History Society's]  [http://www.cornwallfhs.com/locations_index.php Locations Database]. A research database is available by subscription through the society.
 
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* The legend of '''Tristan and Iseult''' is the tragic story of love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Iseult.  
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=<div>* The legend of '''Tristan and Iseult''' is the tragic story of love between the Cornish knight Tristan and the Irish princess Iseult.  
 
* Legend suggests that '''King Arthur''' of the Britons was killed in battle on the river Camblam in Cornwall.
 
* Legend suggests that '''King Arthur''' of the Britons was killed in battle on the river Camblam in Cornwall.
 
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__NOTOC__ [[Image:England-cornwall.png|thumb|right]] '''Cornwall''' (Cornish: ''Kernow'') is a county of [[England|England]] and is located at the tip of the south-western peninsula of Great Britain. It is also one of the Celtic nations.
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The area was first inhabited by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, and later, in the Iron Age, by Celtic peoples. Cornwall is a part of the Brythonic area of Britain and became detached from [[Wales|Wales]] after the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Deorham Battle of Deorham], becoming a separate Celtic nation. It often came into conflict with the expanding Saxon kingdom of Wessex, to its east, before King Athelstan of Wessex (924-939) set the boundary between England and Cornwall at the '''River Tamar'''.  
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=== Introduction  ===
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[[Image:England-cornwall.png|thumb|right]] '''Cornwall''' (Cornish: ''Kernow'') is a county of [[England]] and is located at the tip of the south-western peninsula of Great Britain. It is also one of the Celtic nations.
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The area was first inhabited by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, and later, in the Iron Age, by Celtic peoples. Cornwall is a part of the Brythonic area of Britain and became detached from [[Wales]] after the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Deorham Battle of Deorham], becoming a separate Celtic nation. It often came into conflict with the expanding Saxon kingdom of Wessex, to its east, before King Athelstan of Wessex (924-939) set the boundary between England and Cornwall at the '''River Tamar'''.  
  
 
It is unclear when Cornwall was absorbed into England, although the Cornish language continued to be spoken until the 18th century.  
 
It is unclear when Cornwall was absorbed into England, although the Cornish language continued to be spoken until the 18th century.  
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Cornwall today has a population of 526,300, covering an area of 1,376 square miles (3,563 km²). The administrative centre is the city of '''Truro'''.  
 
Cornwall today has a population of 526,300, covering an area of 1,376 square miles (3,563 km²). The administrative centre is the city of '''Truro'''.  
  
In the 2001 UK census, people were requested to give their ''ethnic grouping'' and were able to chose '''Cornish'''. However, the UK government has announced that this option will not be available in the 2011 census.  
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In the 2001 UK census, people were requested to give their ''ethnic grouping'' and were able to choose '''Cornish'''. However, the UK government announced that this option would not be available in the 2011 census.  
  
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==== Parishes  ====
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The [[Cornwall Parishes]] page list the parishes in Cornwall. Most records are categorized by parish, which makes it essential for researchers to determine the correct parish(es). However, our ancestors did not diligently observe parish boundaries; be sure to check surrounding parishes for records if your search does not produce the expected results.
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The pages for each parish found on the [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/indexpars.html GENUKI website] are outstanding, very detailed, and current. They are an absolute must for anyone doing Cornish research.
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[[Image:Cornwall flag.jpg|thumb|150px|The flag of St Piran.]]  
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[[Image:Cornwall flag.jpg|thumb|150px]]  
  
 
'''Browse by Topic:''' [[:Category:Cornwall|All pages for Cornwall]]  
 
'''Browse by Topic:''' [[:Category:Cornwall|All pages for Cornwall]]  
  
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For an 1870's gazetteer description of Cornwall, go online to [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=822970&word=NULL Vision of Britain].
  
For an 1870's gazetteer description of Cornwall, go online to [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/descriptions/entry_page.jsp?text_id=822970&word=NULL Vision of Britain].<br>
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*List of [[Cornwall Parishes]]
  
== Jurisdictions ==
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=== Research Tools ===
  
==== Civil Districts  ====
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The Cornwall Online Parish Clerk Project found at [http://www.cornwall-opc.org/ cornwall-opc.org] is a resource of volunteers willing to help researchers by email, free of charge. Most of Cornwall's parishes now have an Online Parish Clerk. Transcribed information from many parishes can be searched at the [http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org Cornwall OPC Database] website.
  
When civil (government) registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Cornwall was divided into registration districts, each containing several parishes.&nbsp; To see a list of Cornwall registration districts and the parishes they contained, click [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/cnw.htm here].
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=== Jurisdictions  ===
  
Previous to the establishment of Registration Districts, Cornwall was divided into Hundreds, and many records refer to that structure even today. The Hundreds were East, Kerrier, Lesnewth, Penwith, Powder, Pydar, Trigg, and West. It benefits researchers to know in which Hundred the parish in which they're interested resided.
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Use an [http://maps.familysearch.org interactive map] to find jurisdictions for each parish in Cornwall.  
  
==== Parishes ====
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==== Civil Districts ====
  
You can see a list of parishes in Cornwall by [[Cornwall, England Parish List|clicking here]]. Most records are categorized by parish, which makes it essential for researchers to determine the correct parish(es). However, our ancestors did not diligently observe parish boundaries; be sure to check surrounding parishes for records if your search does not produce the expected results.
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When civil (government) registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Cornwall was divided into registration districts, each containing several parishes.&nbsp; To see a list of Cornwall registration districts and the parishes they contained, click [http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/reg/cnw.htm here].  
  
The pages for each parish found on the GENUKI website (see link below) are outstanding, very detailed, and current.&nbsp; They are an absolute must for anyone doing Cornish research.
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Previous to the establishment of Registration Districts, Cornwall was divided into Hundreds, and many records refer to that structure even today. The Hundreds were East, Kerrier, Lesnewth, Penwith, Powder, Pydar, Trigg, and West. It benefits researchers to know in which Hundred the parish in which they're interested resided.  
  
 
==== Probate Jurisdictions  ====
 
==== Probate Jurisdictions  ====
  
To see a list of Cornwall parishes and the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, see the article on [[Cornwall Probate Records|Cornwall Probate Records]].  
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To see a list of Cornwall parishes and the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, see the article on [[Cornwall Probate Records]].  
  
== Research tools  ==
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=== Research tools  ===
  
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*Cornwall Resources and help pages on [http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?board=7.0 RootsChat Cornwall Resources and help pages. (Free)].
 
*[http://webs.lanset.com/azazella/cornish_database.html Cornish genealogy database]  
 
*[http://webs.lanset.com/azazella/cornish_database.html Cornish genealogy database]  
*[http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=333 Cornish Family History]  
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*[http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=24726 Cornish Family History]  
 
*[http://www.cornwall-opc.org/ Cornwall On-line Parish Clerks]  
 
*[http://www.cornwall-opc.org/ Cornwall On-line Parish Clerks]  
 
*[http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/ Cornwall On-line Parish Clerks parish register database]  
 
*[http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/ Cornwall On-line Parish Clerks parish register database]  
 
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kayhin/cocp.html The Cornwall Online Census Project]  
 
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kayhin/cocp.html The Cornwall Online Census Project]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engcornw/surnames.htm Cornwall GenWeb Surname Registry] List of Surnames and location in Cornwall where found.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engcornw/surnames.htm Cornwall GenWeb Surname Registry] List of Surnames and location in Cornwall where found.  
*[http://chrisuphill.tripod.com/kellys.htm Kelly's 1873 Directory]  
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*[http://sancreedopccornwall.tripod.com/id31.html Kelly's 1873 Directory]  
 
*[http://www.cornwallfhs.com/ Cornwall Family History Society]  
 
*[http://www.cornwallfhs.com/ Cornwall Family History Society]  
 
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~framland/con/corn.htm Burials in Cornwall]  
 
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~framland/con/corn.htm Burials in Cornwall]  
 
*[http://webs.lanset.com/azazella/cornish_database.html Cornish Genealogy Index] with records  
 
*[http://webs.lanset.com/azazella/cornish_database.html Cornish Genealogy Index] with records  
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/crn.htm Cornwall Genealogy records]  
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/ Cornwall Genealogy records]  
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/index.html GenUKI Cornwall]  
 
*[http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/index.html GenUKI Cornwall]  
*Cornis<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236115594515_631" />h Parish Map&nbsp;[http://www.cornwalleng.com/parishmap3.gif http://www.cornwalleng.com/parishmap3.gif]
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*[http://www.cornwalleng.com/map.html Cornish Parish Map]
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*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wbritonad/ Historic newspaper transcriptions]
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/cornwallenglandgenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Cornwall]
  
== Useful websites  ==
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=== Useful websites  ===
  
 
*[http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/ Royal Cornwall Museum]
 
*[http://www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk/ Royal Cornwall Museum]
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To view an excellent list of web sites and/or web pages for Cornwall and many of its parishes, visit [http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/British/England/cornwall.htm FHLFavorites.info] and/or [http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/British/England/cornwall.htm FHLFavorites.com].
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{{Geographic location
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|title = '''Neighbouring counties'''
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|Centre    = Cornwall
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|North    = ''Celtic Sea''
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|Northeast = [[Devon]]
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|East      = [[Devon]]
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|Southeast = ''English Channel''
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|South    = ''English Channel''
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Introduction

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Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county of England and is located at the tip of the south-western peninsula of Great Britain. It is also one of the Celtic nations.

The area was first inhabited by Neolithic and then Bronze Age peoples, and later, in the Iron Age, by Celtic peoples. Cornwall is a part of the Brythonic area of Britain and became detached from Wales after the Battle of Deorham, becoming a separate Celtic nation. It often came into conflict with the expanding Saxon kingdom of Wessex, to its east, before King Athelstan of Wessex (924-939) set the boundary between England and Cornwall at the River Tamar.

It is unclear when Cornwall was absorbed into England, although the Cornish language continued to be spoken until the 18th century.

Cornwall today has a population of 526,300, covering an area of 1,376 square miles (3,563 km²). The administrative centre is the city of Truro.

In the 2001 UK census, people were requested to give their ethnic grouping and were able to choose Cornish. However, the UK government announced that this option would not be available in the 2011 census.

Parishes

The Cornwall Parishes page list the parishes in Cornwall. Most records are categorized by parish, which makes it essential for researchers to determine the correct parish(es). However, our ancestors did not diligently observe parish boundaries; be sure to check surrounding parishes for records if your search does not produce the expected results.

The pages for each parish found on the GENUKI website are outstanding, very detailed, and current. They are an absolute must for anyone doing Cornish research.

Featured content

Cornwall flag.jpg

Browse by Topic: All pages for Cornwall

For an 1870's gazetteer description of Cornwall, go online to Vision of Britain.

Research Tools

The Cornwall Online Parish Clerk Project found at cornwall-opc.org is a resource of volunteers willing to help researchers by email, free of charge. Most of Cornwall's parishes now have an Online Parish Clerk. Transcribed information from many parishes can be searched at the Cornwall OPC Database website.

Jurisdictions

Use an interactive map to find jurisdictions for each parish in Cornwall.

Civil Districts

When civil (government) registration of births, marriages and deaths began in 1837, Cornwall was divided into registration districts, each containing several parishes.  To see a list of Cornwall registration districts and the parishes they contained, click here.

Previous to the establishment of Registration Districts, Cornwall was divided into Hundreds, and many records refer to that structure even today. The Hundreds were East, Kerrier, Lesnewth, Penwith, Powder, Pydar, Trigg, and West. It benefits researchers to know in which Hundred the parish in which they're interested resided.

Probate Jurisdictions

To see a list of Cornwall parishes and the pre-1858 ecclesiastical courts that had probate jurisdiction over them, see the article on Cornwall Probate Records.

Research tools

Useful websites

To view an excellent list of web sites and/or web pages for Cornwall and many of its parishes, visit FHLFavorites.info and/or FHLFavorites.com.

Links to articles, subcategories and images under the Category Cornwall Genealogy