The chances are that at some time during your research you may need to visit the Cornwall Record Office in Truro, which holds the Parish Registers, Bishops Transcripts, probate records, census returns, Poor Law records, deeds, leases tithe maps and school admission registers and more. The great thing about Truro is that it does have an online catalogue that is searchable and will inform you in advance what documents it holds. Likewise, The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth is a reference library that holds a whole wealth of resources. It has a vast collection of books relating to Cornwall, a photographic archive, census returns, some Parish registers and trade directories and maps and the newspaper collection. It is important to find out opening hours and lunch breaks and what you can take into the research areas beforehand. Many will allow you to take cameras into the office to photograph certain documents for a fee but get a copy of the guidelines first. Take a pad with you for making notes but it is good practice to take a pencil not a pen. Make a list of what you want to achieve and don’t leave till you have completed it. Again, record all sources of research and if you have spare time expand it a little.
One thing that may affect your research, if you ever get that far back, is the changing of the calendar from Julian to Gregorian. What I hear you cry, I know but the full explanation becomes quite complicated. The Julian calendar was the standard system of recording dates until March 1752 when it was decided to change things because the old system no longer worked. At that time it was replaced by the Gregorian calendar which is still in place today. Before March 1752 dates between January 1st and March 24th would be assigned to the previous year, for example, January 1st 1751 would be written as 1750. This was because the New Year was not until March 25th up to 1752?
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