Cornwall Ancestry and Genealogy.

"Genealogy is an absorbing and addictive hobby and once bitten by the 'bug' you are usually hooked for life."

Cornwall Ancestry and Genealogy.

Cindi's List of genealogy sites on the Internet. By far the best gGeneaology site on the web. A vast amount of information, easy to navigate site, always being updated. Need I say any more?

"Do you have any information on an artist by the name of Arthur? " or "My great grandfather emigrated from Padstow in 1880. Can you give me names of all his descendants? Family History and Ancestry." Try these sites:

We are sorry, but Cornishlight does not have the resources to answer specific questions on your ancestors.
Old Maps of Cornwall
Wonderful resource for anyone interested in Old Cornwall

If you are new to genealogy, interested in background information, or pursuing a complicated link, there are many on-line guides for researching Family History in the United Kingdom.

From Pam Drake of the Cornish Forefathers Society

Cornish Forefathers Society is a research Society for everyone tracing their Cornish roots.

Family Tree. Genealogy is an absorbing and addictive hobby and once bitten by the 'bug' you are usually hooked for life.

Always begin with something you can prove; if you can obtain your parents marriage certificate, this will give you your mothers maiden name and the names and occupation of both of the fathers. From there, you work backwards, obtaining your grandparents' birth and marriage certificates, etc. Registry began in 1837 and prior to that, parish records, usually held at the County Record Office, are available to search.

The IGI (International Genealogical Index) is a valuable source of information, but it only a finding aid. All information should be checked at source.

As information is gathered, notes should be made, stating sources, and listing photocopies and certificates obtained, as this will assist you with 'proving' your tree.

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Genealogy is studying family descendants of an ancestor. Many people find it an interesting and addictive hobby to have. There are many sources of information to refer to and numerous web sites to browse through for assistance. Free geneology. Family Tree. Tracing your Ancestors. The Census 1901 England is now online but a small fee is payable. An excellent starting point List of links, probably best resource on the Net Internet Genealogy Service from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Society of Genealogists research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history Public Record Office The National Archive Census UK Magazine Devon family History Society Cornwall Family History Society including census records Commonwealth War Graves Commission RootsWeb connecting people to share genealogical research Alberta Family Histories Society Old Maps of Cornwall
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The Cornwall Record Office holds a wide range of materials dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries. With approximately 3 miles of shelving, the Cornwall Record Office has thousands of maps, plans, photographs, documents and volumes.
Cornwall Records Office Some of the most heavily used items include the baptism, marriage and burial registers from Cornwall’s 258 parishes and the 80,000 probate records. The Cornwall Record Office also holds the Cornish census returns 1841-1881, and 10,000 mine plans, tithe maps together with a rich Methodist heritage and numerous estate collections.

To get started on this hobby it is best to work from the present day going back through time. Record what you know about present family members; e.g. Full names, birth dates, marriage dates, show how people are related to one another. Ask older relations for information that they may know about previous generations.

If it is known where people lived and died then they were probably buried or cremated in their local area. Graveyards have a wealth of information and may reveal other family members on the headstones. When recording your information also note the source of the information so you and or others can check at a later date and cross refer to other sources.

Civil registration in England and Wales became compulsory from 1837. These registers can be viewed at County Record Offices or the Public Record Office in London. Beyond this date you will have to rely on Parish Registers which vary in the amount of information they contain.

Again these can be viewed at County Record Offices. When these Parish Registers were being produced, few people could read or write and the spelling of names varied depending on the writer of the day.

The Hard Reality of Mining in Cornwall

Death and injury were an everyday fact of life. One just has to walk around any Cornish Churchyard
in the Mining Districts to see this for yourselves.

. "Aged 14 killed by a rockfall underground.
Aged 19 killed by an explosion in a hole.
Aged 26 killed underground by a piece of wood
let drop on his head by his colleagues"

are three such real inscriptions from East Cornwall.

Walk over to the beautiful Forrabury Church, one particularly poignant inscription on a lichen covered headstone reads:
"Thomas Henry Danger, aged 17. Lost from a boat near Boscastle 1846"

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