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Family History Research




Over the years, the TCA has compiled an extensive collection of publications, videos, music and articles about Cornish topics and genealogical research.

The prime collector of these items was John Tyacke, the founder of the TCA in its current phase. Contributions from others were always welcome. These items are made available to TCA members and other researchers free of charge.

Recently, the bulk of this collection was donated to the Kelly Library of St Michael’s College within the University of Toronto. Now, to search this collection, just click on the link: An alphabetical listing will emerge, which can then be scrolled or sorted using the topics under the “Refine your search” menu.

While the books cannot be removed from the library without a reader’s ticket, there is a very comfortable study room available at the Library, located at 113 St Joseph Street, just adjacent to Queen’s Park, Toronto.

As a number of the books from our collection were not needed by St Michael’s College, they have been collected in what is known as the TCA Library-in-a-box.  As new donations are received by our library, these will be listed separately as TCA New Accessions,  prior to re-allocation by topic.  All TCA members have access to these collections, as well as numerous booklets and articles to assist with research on Cornish Genealogy and Parish, House and Church histories.


Located in Redruth, and home to Cornwall’s Archives, Kresen Kernow is the world’s largest collection of documents, books, maps and photographs related to Cornwall’s history. For family research, some of the most useful sources are the registers from all parishes in Cornwall. Also available are Methodist, Quaker, Congregational and Baptist registers plus poor law records, deeds, leases, tithe maps, school registers, goal registers, photographs and much more.

Located in Truro, the Cornwall Family History Society (CFHS) maintains a research library, publishes a quarterly journal, and offers a worldwide network and exchange of information among members.   (Copies of all past issues of the journal are available from the TCA Archives).  For family research, more than five million original records have been transcribed and indexed.

The Cornwall Online Parish Clerks (OPC) website provides free genealogy information for family research.  Access is available to the Parish Register transcriptions plus voters’ lists, protestation returns, emigrant records, etc.


If you are rediscovering your Cornish heritage roots in the Ontario area, the following sources may be of assistance:

  • The surnames of interest to TCA Members for research purposes are listed in the file: Surname Research Interests.
  • The names of all TCA Presidents from 1873 are listed in the file: TCA Past Presidents.
  • Extracts from Toronto newspapers relating to TCA activities are listed in the file: TCA Activities, 1904-1961
  • Cornish Emigrants to Canada website
  • TCA member, Sher Leetooze, the author of a “brief history” of all the townships of the former Durham County in Ontario, Canada has also published a trilogy about the Bible Christians before they were absorbed into the umbrella Methodist. For family research, Sher has published a sourcebook “Putting Flesh on the Bones of your Devon and Cornwall Ancestors”.

In addition, the names of some of the participants in photographs of past TCA activities have been identified..

Please contact us for assistance with any information from these documents.