The society endeavours to promote and encourage research into family history by providing facilities for such research and to coordinate the work our members are carrying out in order to make the results available to all in our truro library and online. Our research library is manned by volunteers who give freely of their time and are very willing to help members, beginners and old hands alike, in their research.
Information available – over five million items of information.
1841 Census – Full census for Cornwall on microfiche.
1841 Census – Almost all the parishes have been indexed.
1851 Census – Full census for Cornwall on microfiche.
1851 Census – Almost all the parishes indexed.
1861 Census – Full census for Cornwall on microfiche.
1861 Census – Almost all the parishes have been indexed.
1871 Census – Full census for Cornwall on microfiche.
1871 Census – All parishes have been indexed.
1881 Census – Index to Cornwall and all other counties in England and Wales on microfiche.
1881 Census – Full LDS index.
1891 Census – Full census for Cornwall on microfiche.
1891 Census – Not complete but a large majority of parishes indexed.
1901 Census – Full census for Cornwall on microfiche.
1901 Census – Not complete but a large majority of parishes indexed.
More than half the parishes have been indexed. The index is based on the IGI and our own transcription of other parishes. It has been restructured to allow more detailed searches (i.e. wildcard searches and searches by father’s name).
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
1988 Edition – Most of the world on microfiche.
1992 Edition – Cornwall and Devon on microfiche.
CFHS Marriage Index is complete and checked to 1837 with some parishes beyond that date.
Monumental Inscriptions (MIs – i.e. gravestones)
Many burial grounds have been indexed and many have been photographed. A work in progress.
All 1813-1837 burials have been checked. There are many other earlier burials for several parishes
Parish Register Transcripts (does not cover all parishes in Cornwall). Some quaker burials, ships passenger lists, overseas records, parish histories, family pedigrees (deposited by our members), Apprenticeship records (does not cover all parishes in Cornwall), many Cornish strays found elsewhere and other family history society journals, Cornubian entries.
Lists of Cornish travellers appeared in The Cornubian newspaper. The 1911-1916 period has been transcribed and published resulting in a list, in surname order, of over 2000 names of Cornish people who travelled to or from America and stayed on route at Sid Blake’s hotel in New York. Surname, forename, date of travel, where travelling from and to are given.
The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth have microfilm of the newspapers.
Our Quarterly Journal
One of the most popular services our society provides for members is the free publication of members’ Helping Hands requests. These can be sent directly to the editor and will appear in our quarterly journal which is published in March, June, September and December. Entries are limited to 150 words. The journal contains articles of general and specific interest on many aspects of family history. Articles of general interest from members are always very welcome. Please ask the editor about graphics files.
The CFHS journal index is currently searchable on our database for the first 30 journals. Surnames, occupations, ships names, article titles and place names are searchable for members.