Kenwyn Genealogical Records

Kenwyn Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Kenwyn Baptism Registers (1608-1874)

Baptism registers are the primary source for birth documentation before 1837, though are relevant to the present. They record the date a child was baptised, their parent's names, occupations, residence and more.

Cornwall Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Cornwall.

Cornwall Parish Baptisms (1538-1929)

A searchable database containing over 1,000,000 baptisms from Anglican churches in Cornwall.

Cornwall Non-conformist Baptisms (1654-1945)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 baptisms from non-conformist churches in Cornwall.

Kenwyn Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2008)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Kenwyn Marriage Registers (1608-1837)

Marriage registers record Anglican marriages in Kenwyn. They are the primary marriage document before 1837 and contain the same details as marriage certificates from then on. They typically record residence and marital status, though may contain ages and father's names.

Kenwyn Marriage Records (1559-1812)

A searchable transcript recording marriages solemnised at Kenwyn between 1559 and 1812. Details may include residence, marital status and witnesses.

Cornwall Archdeaconry Court Calendar (1672-1842)

An index to defamation, divorce & alimony, marriage contract and church rate records in Cornwall Archdeaconry.

Cornwall Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Cornwall.

Kenwyn Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Kenwyn Burial Registers (1773-1837)

Records of burial for people buried at Kenwyn between 1773 and 1837. Details include the deceased's name, residence and age. Some records may contain the names of relations, cause of death and more.

Cornwall Burial Transcripts (1603-1837)

Transcriptions of burials from 215 parishes in Cornwall.

Cornwall Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Cornwall.

Cornwall Parish Burials (1538-1939)

A searchable database containing over 900,000 burials from Anglican churches in Cornwall.

Kenwyn Church Records

Kenwyn Parish Registers (1608-1874)

The primary source of documentation for baptisms, marriages and burials before 1837, though useful to the present also.

Catholic History in South West England (1517-1856)

A history of Catholicism in South West England with biographies of noted Catholics. Contains details of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders.

Cornwall Protestation Returns (1642)

A searchable transcript of documents signed or marked by people swearing to uphold the reformed protestant religion.

Cornwall Parish Registers (1538-2010)

Browsable images of Church of England baptism, marriage and burial registers for the county of Cornwall.

Cornwall Church Histories (930-Present)

Histories of parish churches in Cornwall. Includes some photographs.

Kenwyn Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

Cornwall Hearth and Poll Taxes (1660-1664)

Transcripts of surviving returns of heath and poll taxes for the county of Cornwall.

Cornwall Protestation Returns (1642)

A searchable transcript of documents signed or marked by people swearing to uphold the reformed protestant religion.

Cornwall Hearth Tax (1664)

An index to documents recording residents liable to pay tax based on the number of hearths they possessed.

Muster Rolls of Cornwall (1569)

Extracts from records listing those liable for militia service. Details of arms have been transcribed.

Kenwyn Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Archdeaconry of Cornwall Probate & Admon Index (1569-1799)

A searchable index to surviving wills and administrations proved in the Connotorial Archidiaconal Court of Cornwall. The index contains the name of the testator, residence and date & type of grant.

Exeter Diocese & Archdeaconry Probate & Admons (1540-1799)

An index to thousands of probates and administrations granted by the Diocese and Archdeaconry of Exeter, covering parts of Devon & Cornwall.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Kenwyn

Western Morning News (1921-1950)

A politically independent newspaper, covering the affairs of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It includes family notices.

Cornishman (1878-1950)

A newspaper including local news, family notices etc. from across the county of Cornwall.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams (1869-1885)

A short regional paper covering local occurrences, business news, family notices and more.

Western Times (1827-1950)

A liberal newspaper covering the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. It includes family notices.

Royal Cornwall Gazette (1811-1900)

A conservative newspaper covering business, family, legal and other news in the county of Cornwall.

Kenwyn Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Kenwyn Cemeteries

Cornwall Monumental Inscriptions (1131-2007)

An index to vital details engraved on over 300,000 gravestones and other monuments across the county of Cornwall.

Cornish Cemetery Index (1770-2000)

An index to almost 20,000 gravestones, with extracted details.

Cornwall Memorial Inscriptions (1512-Present)

An index to monuments recording deaths, such as gravestones, with some transcriptions and abstracts of memorials.

Cornwall Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Cornwall's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Kenwyn Directories & Gazetteers

Kelly's Directory of Cornwall (1939)

An exhaustive gazetteer, containing details of settlement's history, governance, churches, postal services, public institutions and more. Also contains lists of residents with their occupation and address.

Kelly's Directory Cornwall (1914)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Cornwall (1910)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Cornwall (1906)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Cornwall (1902)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Cornwall Archdeaconry Court Calendar (1672-1842)

An index to defamation, divorce & alimony, marriage contract and church rate records in Cornwall Archdeaconry.

Cornwall Protestation Returns (1642)

A searchable transcript of documents signed or marked by people swearing to uphold the reformed protestant religion.

Cornwall Inmates (1821-1921)

Abstracts of documents recording people incarcerated in Cornwall. Index may include name, age, abode, occupation, crimes and numerous other details.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Cornish Court Depositions (1602-1680)

A handful of names, with ages, occupations and abodes appearing in depositions in various courts.

Kenwyn Taxation Records

Cornwall Hearth and Poll Taxes (1660-1664)

Transcripts of surviving returns of heath and poll taxes for the county of Cornwall.

Cornwall Hearth Tax (1664)

An index to documents recording residents liable to pay tax based on the number of hearths they possessed.

Cornwall Land Records (1799-1873)

An index to land tax records and the 1873 landowners return from Cornwall.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Kenwyn Land & Property Records

Cornwall Land Records (1799-1873)

An index to land tax records and the 1873 landowners return from Cornwall.

Cornwall Voters Lists (1657-1867)

Extracts from lists recording those eligible to vote. Index contains place of residence and entitlement to vote.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Kenwyn Occupation & Business Records

Women in Cornwall & Devon Mines (1770-1920)

Background information on women employed by the mining industry in Devon & Cornwall. Includes a database of over 25,000 women and oral histories.

Cornwall Apprentice Indentures (1715-1845)

An index of documents recording the apprenticeship of children to a master. Original records usually contain ages and names of relatives.

Smuggling on the South West Coast (1675-1879)

An introduction to smuggling in Devon, Cornwall & the Bristol district.

Cornwall Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Cornwall pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

South England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the south of England.

Kenwyn School & Education Records

Cornwall School Admissions (1874-1927)

A database of children admitted to Cornwall schools. The index contains the name(s) of parents and guardians. Original records will contain further details.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge Alumni Database (1198-1910)

A searchable database containing over 90,000 note-form biographies for students of Cambridge University.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Kenwyn

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Ancestry Member Family Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A compilation of lineage-linked family trees submitted by Ancestry users. The database contains over 2 billion individuals and is searchable by numerous metrics.

Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage (1921)

A dictionary of families elevated to the peerage of Great Britain & Ireland. It includes genealogies and biographical details.

Kenwyn Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

The Visitations of Cornwall: 1530, 1573 & 1619 (1000-1619)

Three books recording the lineage, marriage and collateral lines of Cornish families. Compiled form 16th and 17th century genealogical manuscripts, these works contain biographical and heraldic information.

Cornwall Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Cornwall's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

British & Irish Royal & Noble Genealogies (491-1603)

Extensive and impeccably sourced genealogies for British, Irish & Manx royalty and nobility. Scroll down to 'British Isles' for relevant sections.

FamilySearch Community Trees (6000 BC-Present)

A searchable database of linked genealogies compiled from thousands of reputable and not-so-reputable sources. Contains many details on European gentry & nobility, but covers many countries outside Europe and people from all walks of life.

Visitation of England and Wales (1700-1899)

Over 600 pedigrees for English and Welsh families who had a right to bear a coat of arms.

Kenwyn Military Records

Muster Rolls of Cornwall (1569)

Extracts from records listing those liable for militia service. Details of arms have been transcribed.

Conrwall WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Cornwall, with some service details.

Conrwall WWII Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War Two monuments in Cornwall, with some service details.

Prisoners of War of British Army (1939-1945)

A searchable list of over 100,000 British Army POWs. Records contains details on the captured, their military career and where they were held prisoner.

British Prisoners of World War II (1939-1945)

Details on around 165,000 men serving in the British Army, Navy and Air Force who were held as prisoners during WWII.

Kenwyn Immigration & Travel Records

Cornish Emigrants to Latin America (1790-1920)

A database containing genealogical, biographical and immigratory data for Cornish men who emigrated to Latin America.

Cornish Emigrants (1785-1941)

Extracts from passenger lists, detailing the emigration and transportation of people from Cornwall, primarily to the New World and British colonies.

Cornish in Latin America (1815-1920)

Historical details of the Cornish migration to Latin America.

Cornwall Strays (1770-2000)

An index of Cornish men an women who died out of county.

Cornwall Settlements & Removals (1698-1862)

Abstracts of documents recording the forced movement of people and families between parishes.

Kenwyn Histories & Books

Catholic History in South West England (1517-1856)

A history of Catholicism in South West England with biographies of noted Catholics. Contains details of the Dominican, Benedictine, and Franciscan orders.

Magna Britannia: Cornwall (1066-1814)

A general and parochial history of the county, with sections for each parish.

Cornwall Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Cornwall.

Cornwall Turnpikes (1754-Present)

A history of turnpikes and tollhouses in Cornwall. Includes profiles of individual turnpikes.

Cornwall Church Histories (930-Present)

Histories of parish churches in Cornwall. Includes some photographs.

Biographical Directories Covering Kenwyn

Latin-Cornish Biographies (1771-1830)

Biographies of Cornish men who emigrated to Latin America.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Crockford's Clerical Directories (1868-1914)

Brief biographies of Anglican clergy in the UK.

The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (1654-1930)

A directory containing lengthy biographies of noted British figures. The work took over two decades to compile. Biographies can be searched by name and are linked to images of the original publication.

Kenwyn Maps

Maps of Cornwall (1576-1900)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

Ordnance Survey 1:10 Maps (1840-1890)

Maps showing settlements, features and some buildings in mainland Britain.

A Vision of Britain (1190-Present)

A sprawling website setting out and describing the historical divisions of Britain. Also contains countless maps of various sorts. Covers the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & has fleeting details of other localities.

Ordnance Survey One-inch to the Mile Maps (1945-1947)

High-quality digital reproductions of maps plotting, settlements, roads, natural features and other features in England & Wales.

Speed's Maps of Britain (1612)

County and national maps covering the British Isles, extracted from John Speed's landmark work, Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain.

Kenwyn Reference Works

Cornish Surnames (1998)

Short descriptions of Cornish surnames, with details of their prevalence.

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

Kenwyn Information

Civil & Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction:

Historical Description

KENWYN is a large township and parish, intersected by the main roads from Truro to Perranporth on the one side and from Truro to Redruth on the other; the church is three-quarters of a mile north-west from the town of Truro and three-quarters of a mile north from Truro station on the Great Western railway, is in the Truro division of the county, partly within the borough of Truro, west division of Powder hundred, petty sessional division of Powder West, Truro union and county court district, rural deanery of Powder, archdeaconry of Cornwall and diocese of Truro. The church of St. Kenwyn is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, south aisle, transepts, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and a fine peal of 8 bells: the east window is a memorial to five members of the Carlyon family, 1856—64; there are also eight other stained windows; the west window bears the arms of six former vicars, from 1776 to 1857: the tower was struck by lightning, December 20, 1860: the monuments are modern: the church was restored in 1819—20 and again in 1862, and since that time a reredos of alabaster and mosaics, designed by J. P. St. Aubyn esq. and executed by Mr. Earp, of London, has been erected: there are 450 sittings; in the churchyard near the south porch is a tall and richly-sculptured Cross, commemorating the Rev. George James Cornish, a former vicar. The register of baptisms dates from the year 1613 ; marriages, 1559; burials, 1612. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £290, with residence and 3 ¾ acres of glebe, in the gift of the Bishop of Truro, and held since 1883 by the Ven. John Bundle Cornish M.A. late fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, hon. canon of Truro, Archdeacon of Cornwall and examining chaplain to the Bishop of Truro. Viscount Falmouth is owner of the great tithes, value , £339 yearly. The Mission church at Idless has sittings for 80 persons. In the parish are Wesleyan, Bible Christian and Methodist New Connexion chapels. A monastery of the Dominican order was founded here by the-Reskymer family, the church of which was dedicated on September 29th, 1259, by Walter Bronescombe, bishop of Exeter ; it was situated between Kenwyn street and the river; the site is now intersected by Castle street and Frances street; the seal of this house was found in 1842 in the vicarage garden of St. Nicholas, Sturry, Canterbury. Bosvigo, the property of and occupied by James Philip Paull esq. stands in a beautiful valley, about half a mile west from Truro, and was erected by the late Francis Bennallack esq. Croftwest, now a farmhouse, is on the western side of the parish, and was long noted for its fine kennel of hounds, called the “Four Barrow Hunt,” so called from four ancient barrows, situated in the adjoining common. Lis Escop is the residence of the Right Rev. John Gott D.D. Lord Bishop of Truro. Treliske is the residence of Sir George John Smith D.L., J.P. The principal landowners are Viscount Falmouth, Right Hon, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland bart. P.O. Francis Gilbert Enys esq. of Enys, St. Gluvias, Col. Arthur Tremayne, of Carclew, Perranarworthal, Lord Robartes, Harry Houlton Vivian, of Tregavethan, and Edward Leverton-Spry esq. The soil is decomposed slate; subsoil, slate. The lands; on the eastern side of the parish are fertile, particularly such as lie in the vicinity of Truro, which are chiefly pasturage, whilst those on the west are more bleak and barren. The area of the parish is 8,997 acres; rateable value of parish outside of the city, £10,736; of that portion within, £15,629; the population of parish is 8,526, including 5,319 within the borough of Truro.

Letter Box cleared at 12.25 & 4 p.m.; no collection on sun.

A School Board of 5 members was formed April 19, 1875, for the united districts of that portion of Kenwyn not in Truro borough & Trevagethan; R. Dobell, jun. Truro, clerk to the board ; Frank Bray, attendance officer.

Board School (mixed), erected in 1876, for 160 children; average attendance, 28 boys, 19 girls & 17 infants (mixed).

Kelly's Directory of Cornwall (1902)

Surnames Found in Kenwyn

RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
1Williams1661.91
2Martin1141.31
3Thomas1101.26
4Cock891.02
5Northey891.02
6Roberts850.98
7Phillips730.84
8Moyle690.79
9Richards670.77
10Davey660.76
11Whitford650.75
12Mitchell630.72
13Harris600.69
14Bennett570.66
15Rowe570.66
16Pearce560.64
17James530.61
18Bawden520.60
19Brown510.59
20Hicks510.59
21Michell510.59
22Penrose510.59
23Woolcock510.59
24Teague490.56
25Johns440.51
26Pascoe440.51
27Tonkin440.51
28Oates430.49
29Harvey400.46
30Gill400.46
31Jennings390.45
32Bray390.45
33Waters380.44
34Knight370.43
35Smith360.41
36Stephens350.40
37Hawke350.40
38Hill340.39
39Barrett340.39
40May340.39
41Dyer340.39
42Andrew340.39
43Truran330.38
44Jewell320.37
45Solomon320.37
46Paull320.37
47Dennis310.36
48Buzza310.36
49Sandow310.36
50Hall300.34
51Webb300.34
52Nicholls300.34
53Tippett300.34
54Keast300.34
55Moon290.33
56Cocking290.33
57Polkinghorne290.33
58Chapman280.32
59Hunt280.32
60Stevens280.32
61Osborne280.32
62Hooper280.32
63Webber280.32
64Wasley280.32
65Lanyon270.31
66Green260.30
67Collins260.30
68Reynolds260.30
69Tyack260.30
70Matthews250.29
71Sanders250.29
72Buckingham250.29
73Hore250.29
74Carter240.28
75West240.28
76Jeffery240.28
77Jenkin240.28
78Hosking240.28
79Jose240.28
80Mewton240.28
81White230.26
82Burrows230.26
83Bryant230.26
84Coad230.26
85Sutton220.25
86Vincent220.25
87Truscott220.25
88Gribble220.25
89Morcom220.25
90Wills210.24
91Hoare210.24
92Sampson210.24
93Lobb210.24
94Hick210.24
95Scoble210.24
96Eva210.24
97Hawkey210.24
98Angove210.24
99Rogers200.23
100Mills200.23

* Statistics based on the 1881 census