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Resources - Online Books

Some of these are intended to be read online, others are also available as downloadable pdfs or for ebook readers such as Kindle. Some of the text files require the download of a viewer add-on.

Books relating to a specific parish can be found linking from our parishes page.

  1. The Ancient Language and the Dialect of Cornwall, by Fred W. P.Jago, first published in 1882
  2. The Visitation of the County of Cornwall, edited by Lieut.-Colonel J. L. Vivian and Henry H. Drake, M.A., Ph,D., published in 1874
  3. Cornish Surnames - Online version of Patronymica Cornu-Britannica or The Etymology of Cornish Surnames by Richard Stephen Charnock (1870). Available as web pages.
  4. A Glossary of Cornish Names, Ancient and Modern, Local, Family, Personal &c., 20,000 Celtic and Other Names now of formerly in Use in Cornwall, by the Rev. John Bannister, LL.D, Vicar of St Day, published in 1871
  5. Calendar of Wills and Administrations relating to the Counties of Devon and Cornwall proved in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Exeter, 1532 - 1800, by Edw. Alex. Fry, published in 1914.
    N.B. Unfortunately many of the originals were lost in bombing raids in the 2nd World War.
  6. An Account of the Families of Boase or Bowes originally residing at Paul and Madron in Cornwall: and of other families connected with them by marriages, &c., privately printed in 1876
  7. Links to Phillimore's Marriage Transcripts can be found on the relevant parish pages
  8. The Domesday Book of Cornwall
  9. Highways and Byways in Devon and Cornwall by Arthur Hamilton Norway, published 1900. Available as text file or web pages.
  10. The Survey of Cornwall and an Epistle concerning the Excellencies of the English Tongue, by Richard Carew, of Antonie, Esq., published MDCCLXIX (1769). Available as a text file or web pages.
  11. The History of Cornwall, Civil, Military, Religious, Architectural. Agricultural, Commercial, Biographical and Miscellaneous by The Reverend R. Polwhele (1816 edition). Available as web pages.
  12. The Cornwall Coast By Arthur L. Salmon Illustrated, published 1910. Available as a text file or as web pages.
  13. The Cornish Riviera by Sidney Heath, pictured by E. W. Hazelhurst, published 1915. Available as a web pages.
  14. Transactions of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall, Volumes 3-4 (Mining History). Available as web pages.
  15. The laws of the stannaries of Cornwall: with marginal notes and references to Authorities. (Mining). Available as web pages or text only.
  16. Cornwall, its mines and miners; with sketches of scenery by John R. Leifchild, published 1855. Available as an online pdf, can be downloaded.
  17. General view of the agriculture of the county of Cornwall by George B. Worgan. Board of Agriculture, 1811. Available as web pages or text only.
  18. Blacks Guide to Cornwall, edited by A. R. Hope Moncrieff, first published 1919
  19. Historical Record of the Ist Cornwall (Duke of Cornwall's) Artillery Volunteers, by Captain B. A. Milne, first published in 1885. (Contains many names of vulnteers)
  20. County Churches. Cornwall by J. Charles Cox, first published in 1912

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