St Merryn, Cornwall Genealogy
Guide to St Merryn, Cornwall ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
|St Merryn, Cornwall|
St Merryn contributor Bill Henderson
|Poor Law Union||St Columb Major|
|Registration District||St Columb|
|Parish registers: 1688|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1616|
|Probate Court||A Peculiar of the Court of the Bishop of Exeter (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Cornwall Record Office|
MERRYN, ST., a parish, in the union of St. Columb Major, hundred of Pyder, E. division of Cornwall, 2¼ miles (W. S. W.) from Padstow. There are places of worship for Wesleyan and Primitive Methodists.
The parish church was dedicated to St Marina & later St Thomas the Martyr. It is now dedicated to St Merryn.
Births, marriages and deaths were kept by the government from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is Free BMD.
St Merryn parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|St Merryn Online Parish Records|
|FS Catalog PRs||
|FS Catalog BTs||
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Records are also available at the Cornwall Record Office.
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource is the Cornwall Online Parish Clerks page for the parish. The Online Parish Clerk for St Merryn is Susan Old and she also holds linked family pedigress for other parishes including St Eval, Cornwall, St Ervan, Cornwall, St Mawgan and St Columb Major, Cornwall.
Contact with Susan can be made by the link on the St Merryn Cornwall online Parish Clerks page and her extensive work is a valuable resource for research in the district.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cornwall Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
There are many maps and gazetteers showing English places. Valuable websites are:
- England Jurisdictions 1851
- Vision of Britain
St Merryn in GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 291-295. Date accessed: 25 March 2013