Cornwall OPC Database
Cornwall OPC
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  1. Unless stated otherwise, the records have been transcribed from Parish Registers and are listed alphabetically by Parish.
  2. First time users are asked to read the notes below, before continuing.
  3. The database contains transcripts of ALL Cornish parishes covered by Phillimore (published in separate volumes, starting in 1900)
  4. Early records sometimes contain letters which were interchangeable at the time, such as u and v or i and j. Try searching for both spellings for surnames such as DAVIE/DAUIE.
  5. For further information about the database, please contact Gill Hart (email address in footer)
Database Coverage
Record Counts
 Baptism Records1,429,505
 Banns and Marriage Records527,341
 Burial Records1,185,309
Sub Total PRs 3,142,155
 Non-conformist Baptisms111,225
 Birth Certificates1,757
 Marriage Certificates1,680
 Death Certificates2,333
 Strays - baptisms79
 Strays - banns4
 Strays - marriages220
 Strays - burials92
 Cornish Telegraph Marriages 1851-672,108
 Royal Cornwall Gazette Births15,244
 Royal Cornwall Gazette Marriages8,791
 Royal Cornwall Gazette Deaths19,483
 Royal Cornwall Gazette Inquests 1850-652,399
 West Briton Births3,414
 West Briton Marriages1,623
 West Briton Deaths3,854
 West Briton Inquests 185738
 Apprenticeship Indentures (ongoing)1,355
 Assizes Reports (Royal Cornwall Gazette) & Court Ledgers13,971
 Bastardy/Filiation Documents (ongoing)445
 Emigration (ongoing)53,267
 Hearth Tax, 166415,285
 Institution Inmates (ongoing)35,550
 Land Tax, 1799 & Returns of Owners of Land, 1873 (ongoing)18,313
 MIs (ongoing)20,408
 Muster Rolls, c1535 & 156915,079
 Protestation Returns, 1641-4231,043
 School Admissions (ongoing)24,343
 Settlement Papers (ongoing)862
 Voters Lists, various years38,134
 Wills (ongoing)5,118
Last updated on 20/03/2019


 Parishes with Saints' names are listed by name not by St. e.g. Hilary, St.

  1. Underlined names link to the OPC's Parish page, where more information is available. (Links open in a new window)
  2. * indicates that later records are available for look-ups.
  3. P for marriages or banns indicates a transcription from Phillimores. (i.e. a transcription of a transcription, which had then been typeset).  These are known to contain many errors and researchers are reminded that they should always consult the original register entries. As with all early records, lateral thinking is needed when searching by name because of the many spelling variations. Abbreviations used are:
    w - widow or widower
    s - spinster, single woman or son of
    b - bachelor or single man
    d - daughter of
    p - of the parish of
    dioc - in the diocese of
    co - in the county of
    lic - marriage licence
    car - carpenter
    f - fisherman
    h - husbandman
    lab - labourer
    t - tinner
    y - yeoman
  4. BT stands for Bishops' Transcripts

  5. In many types of records, the abbreviation otp is used for "of this parish"
  6. The database also contains transcriptions from the Royal Cornwall Gazette and the West Briton newspapers. For these, the results will give the parish as the newspaper's name and the date will be that of its publication. For the West Briton, further details might be available here.

To contact OPCs for the various parishes, please find the correct email address via the links on this page.

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