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Google Books -

All the following are fully viewable, and downloadable, for free. All have reference to St. Austell parish, but many cover all of Cornwall. There are over 800 books and magazine articles mentioning St. Austell, and over 10,000 for Cornwall - so be sure to search with several options.

  • "A Cornish Parish, being an Account of St. Austell, Town, Church, and District," by Jos. Hammond, 1897
  • "History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion." John Petty, 1860
  • "Cornwall, its mines and miners; with sketches of scenery," John R. Leifchild, 1855
  • " Observations on the West of England Mining Region;Being an Account of the Mines and Mineral Resources," Joseph Henry Collins, 1912
  • "Highways and Byways in Devon and Cornwall," Arthur Hamilton Norway, 1900
  • for additional resources, see Bibliography page

For general questions, such as Poor Law, wages, types of work, etc. -

"Daily Life in Victorian England," Sally Mitchell, 1997 & 2002 - limited view - You may look only at the number of pages the author has allotted, as it's still in copyright, but the allotment is quite generous. Most chapters are available, which makes it very valuable.

PROJECT GUTENBERG also has many books on Cornwall, including "The Cornwall Coast" by Arthur L. Salmon, 1910.

The Old Cornwall Society , thanks to George Pritchard, has an online reference that links to over 400 books on Cornwall, including Thomas Pellew's book on his captivity by the Barbary corsairs; thought at the time of publication to be full of half-lies, etc. but modern research has proven it was all true! (Almost the entire population of Mousehole was kidnapped in the 1600s while they were at church - piracy and slavery happened quite often.) A wonderful source for Histories, smuggling details, and so on.




Cornish List at Rootsweb - one message board for people interested in everything Cornish, and a second for people only interested in Genealogy; many people willing to help resolve a problem.

Cornish List
To join, send message to, with the word subscribe as your subject.
If you prefer to receive it in digest version, send your message to
If you are interested in strictly genealogical terms, use the same addresses, but add -GEN (as in CORNISH-GEN-D...), etc.



10 years of invaluable information, searchable by year

Cornish-L Surname Interests -

List of surnames that are currently being researched; you can submit your own interests as well. Research questions very welcome.

Cornwall On-Line Parish Clerks (and below, individual OPC websites for parishes within the St. Austell Registration District)

volunteers who have reference material for specific parishes offer aid to researchers at no cost; website provides a list of parishes and volunteers for those parishes that may be contacted via email, or their websites. Be sure to view "Resources", as there are offers for lookups for hard-to-research places.

BLANCHE CHARLES - Cornwall Online Parish Clerk: St Allen, St Newlyn East, Perranzabuloe,Withiel

Cornwall On-line Parish Clerks Database

Over one million records, in a fully searchable database. This does NOT contain all the records held by various OPCs, but does cover most of Cornwall; gaps do occur. Be aware that non-conformist baptisms are in a separate database from the Church of England data. (A new search function is being tested that will incorporate all the databases.) Also contains files for Marriage Certificates, and coming soon, the 1841 Tithes. Be sure to contact the relevant OPC if you have questions.

Cornish Volunteer Look Up Library -

        volunteers providing free look ups using various references


Cornish Visitations - transcribed by Nigel Batty-Smith.

Cornish Census Project - Online (FreeCens)

Free access to British Census data for Cornwall, 1841-1891, reviewed by 2 experienced transcriptionists for maximum accuracy. Has been transcribed "as is", complete with enumerator's mistakes, and "creative" spelling.

 Cornish Cemeteries

Burial records for much of Cornwall; does not include St. Austell, Charlestown, and Treverbyn
(However, we have Holy Trinity MI's and parish burial registers on this site. Please contact me for lookups in other burial grounds.)

Cornish Local Studies Library, Reduth

Largest library of Cornish printed and published items; does not have information on-line, nor do they sell items, but there's contact information.

Cornwall Photos Online by Request -

Maintained by Steve Beazley. Has many photos of churches throughout Cornwall; also includes Holy Wells, Towns and Villages, and War Memorials. For instance, there are 47 photos of Treverbyn burial ground & churchyard, on 4 pages; each thumbnail has several photos 'behind' it, so be sure to check all of them. He has closeups of the gravestones, as well as more general shots. There are also several shots of the War Memorial at Treverbyn. Click on Photo Gallery, then on the Parish you're interested in and all the thumbnails will appear. (Treverbyn is on page 4 of 5, War Memorials)

(Birth, Marriage, Death)

The Civil Registration Index for the U.K., an index of CRO records since July, 1837. If you do not receive a positive result, try alternate spellings. The index will give you the page number, volume, and district of a record. The district is not the same as the parish. For instance, St. Austell registration district contains 23 separate, distinct parishes.

To then order certificates using this information, contact the Government Record Office, at -
Or their old address -


genealogical info. service for the UK, containing a large structured tree of information; Click on "Cornwall Towns and Parishes", and choose whichever parish is needed. Much of our "Parish" essay has been used by Genuki, with our permission, as has our Manorial Records information.



An effort by geographers to amass photographs for every Ordnance Survey square for the map of Britain. SX0049 is Treverbyn to Par - click on the "directions" to move toward the area you wish. SX0350 shows Porthpean. Some of the photographs in our Photography section came from here - they allow "limited copyright" use.

Historical Directories Online

Leicester University website, containing Historical Directories from all counties, including Cornwall (currently, 25 in all for Cornwall). Put the name of the parish in the search engine, then open one of the directories shown, then click on "HIT". This will open the first page where the parish is mentioned. Continue using "Hit" for each subsequent page.

IGI Batch Numbers

  Hugh Wallis' website, showing all International Genealogical Index           batch numbers for Cornwall.

Numbers for St. Austell baptisms are P016511 for C. of E
                    C065361 for
Independent; and C065351 for Wesleyan records.

Maps of the UK
(part of the BRITISH HISTORY ONLINE website)

Click on any section to see a detailed map from 1889; you may use the "hand" to move the map. St. Austell is square 050 NE; it's clear and easy to use, once you locate which square to click on.


National Maritime Museum -

for all things maritime, and a good source of information regarding the maritime history of the area. Located at Penzance, but serving all of the UK.

Old Cornish Photographs, 1913, in colour

exactly as described; old photographs of Cornwall as it once was, before the War to End All Wars.

Postcards of Cornwall

postcards of the past, and if one clicks on "Powder" all the choices for the hundred will be displayed. Site also has historical texts that may be of interest.


The Royal Institution of Cornwall

Many manorial records, and a helpful staff.


St. Blazey Family History Project

A compilation of birth, marriage, and death records, approximately 1815-1837, created by Wesley Johnson. The data may be very valuable, as long as one remembers that Wesley has formed individuals into family groups using census data, etc. He does not guarantee the groupings are infallible, however.

Stone and Quarry Men of the West Country

Database of men who worked in Stone. They are also actively looking for additional information to add to this database.


Tregrehan House (Manor)

See our "Photo" section for some photographs of the grounds. Under the "Garden" section of their website, they have a lovely photo slideshow of the gardens. The gardens are open in Spring, and there is an associated nursery, with some rooms available to let. Some of the trees were planted in the 1600's, when the Carlyons first moved there.


A website that offers links to over 1,000 websites involved with U.K. genealogy - including the Cornwall OPC. However, the first mentioned websites are fee-based. Be sure to enter "Cornwall" under County, and the relevant websites will appear. Can be very helpful, displaying sites one might not have considered or discovered themselves.

West Penwith Resources

Rick Parsons' website regarding the west of Cornwall; databases, information - a gold mine of information for Cornish researchers.


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