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Library & Research Centre Hours

Library & Research Centre Catalogue

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CAV – Library & Research Centre
The Association holds a range of material on all subjects relating to Cornwall and the Cornish diaspora.  It has been described as one of the best Cornish libraries outside Cornwall. 
There are two main sections –

1.  Genealogical records and family history materials:

•    Cornwall Parish records - Baptisms,  Marriages,  Burials,  Monumental Inscriptions, etc
•    Cornwall indexes - Various periods generally mid 1800’s to early 1900’s including         pre-Registration (1837)
•    Cornwall Census  1841,  1851,  1861,  1871,  1881, 1891 – mostly also available xxxon the computer network in searchable pdf files
•    International Genealogical Index for Cornwall
•    Devon Census  1841,  1861,  1881
•    All other British Counties Census 1881
•    Methodist Records 1837-1900 for all of Cornwall
•    Wills and Probates for several parishes
•    ‘Bawden’ Transcripts - Parish records to the mid 1800’s 
•    Gazetteers and Directories
•    Supportive information - Family and local histories covering the Camborne-xxxGwennap & St Just in Penwith regions in Red & Blue folders

2.    Reference material
•    By area:  Cornwall references, general and by Parish
•    By subject:   Archaeology, Biography, Celtic Topics, China Clay xxxIndustry, Churches, Cookery, Literature, Methodism, Mining, Poetry, Sea  Connections, Transport 
•    Maps – Parish & Survey, modern and ancient
•    Journals, Newsletters & Magazines – from Cornish and other xxxinternational societies
•    Local histories for areas of significant Cornish settlement, in particular xxxVictoria & South Australia
•    Including early Victorian Births, Deaths and Marriages
•    Marine BDM’s  1853-1920
•    Pioneer Index 1836-1888
•    Edwardian Index 1902-1913
•    Federation Index 1889-1901
•    Biographical Index of South Australians 1836-1885
•    Newsletters from kindred organizations in Australia
Finding Aids:
•    Library catalogue – available on each computer
•    Guide to using the Catalogue - beside each computer
•    Guide to Parish Records – blue folder at Library desk – lists resources, format and location
Items from the Reference and Fiction sections are available for loan
The loan period is generally 4 weeks – ie one meeting to the next
Genealogical records are available for use in the Reading Room but are not available for loan. 
Items not available for loan are marked ‘Not For Loan’.
Research Fees:
For Members these records are normally available for reference three days each month, excepting January, and in-house research assistance is then freely available.
For Members unable to attend the library – a research fee of $10.00 per hour applies by arrangement.
Non-members may have research conducted on their behalf.   A fee of $20.00 is charged for an initial assessment of the time required, including research up to 1 hour. Any subsequent research will be charged for at $20 per hour..

Library opening days and times - 2017

3rd Saturday - 10.30 am to 1.00 pm
4th Monday - 10.30 am to 2.00 pm
 5th Saturday - 10.00 am to 2.30 pm

January and December  -  Closed


For further information contact the Secretary