Cornwall Church Records

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  • Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010: Courtesy of FamilySearch Historical Record Collections. A more detailed explanation of these records is available in the FamilySearch Research Wiki. Not all of the images available on microfilm at the Family History Library have been posted on the Family Search Historical Record collection, and not all parish registers are in the library catalogue.  However, the remainder of the unfilmed registers at the Cornwall Record Office were filmed in 2011, and it is intended that the images will ultimately be posted and indexed.  No Cornwall PR's have as yet been indexed by Family Search, but that portion of the collection for which images have been posted can be browsed and specific entries can be found with the use of the waypoints on that site. A researcher can use the Online Parish Clerks site to find the location and date of a specific event (making that database function as an index to the collection on Family Search), and can then find and view the actual images in the Family Search Historical Records Collection.
  • A very large percentage of the parish registers for Cornwall have been transcribed by the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks organization. The transcriptions generally contain all of the information that was entered into the registers, and the collection is comprised mainly of baptisms, banns, marriages, and burials. The database now contains more than two million names and is searchable online free of any cost. This can be found at

The Online Parish Clerks are unpaid volunteers, and an individual clerk may have data that has not yet been posted to the OPC database, nor available on Family Search. They can be contacted through the Cornwall OPC website and may be able to provide help and information that they have in their personal data collections. Some also have their own webite, and when that is so, there is usually a link from the main OPC website at

Additional records and information about specific parishes may also be found on the OPC website or on the GENUKI pages for Cornwall.