Helston Parish Records



HELSTON is a historical Town leading to Lizard Peninsula. Much of what are Cornish came from this area. As a poet once said:

Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own , my native land!
Whose heart has ne’er within him burn’d
As home his footsteps he hath turn’d
From wandering on a foreign stand…

'The lay of the last Minstrel, Scott' from ‘Around Helston in the old Days’ by A.S. Oates (forward)

From GenUKI, Helston: “There has been a settlement in this area since the Iron Age, the basis of the name being hen-lys, meaning 'ancient court'. In the Domesday Survey of 1086 it is called the 'manor of Henlistona'.” See: GenUKI, Cornwall at: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/Cornwall/Helston/index.html

Helson Parish Church courtesy of Steve Beazley 

Parish Records

I have made my transcriptions available in two formats. You can either display the information sorted by surname or you can download a CSV file containing all the records to your computer and then use your spreadsheet system to look at the records. Please note that however you choose to access my transcriptions, the material is made available to you on the basis that I retain full intellectual property rights. You may use the material solely for your own personal family history research and the information may not be published, sold or otherwise distributed without my express permission.

One further 'health warning' is on dates. Prior to 1752 the calendar year ran from 25th March through to 24th March so, for example, January 1750 is the month AFTER December 1750. In 1751 the days of September 2nd to 14th were cancelled and from that year onwards 31st December became the end of the calendar year. Hence from January 1752 the calendar year runs as we know it today. Note that in these transcriptions the dates are 'as recorded' i.e. as they were at the time.

You'll find an explanation of the Reference Codes I have used in these transcriptions here.

Download records Years covered View records sorted by surname
Baptisms 1598-1911 A , B , C , D , E , F-G , H , I-J , K-L , M , N-O , P , Q-R , S , T , U-Z
Marriages 1572-1911 A-B , C-D , E-G , H-J , K-M , N-P , Q-R , S-T , U-Z
Burials 1598-1911 A-B , C , D-E , F-G , H , I-J , K-L , M-O , P , Q-R , S , T , U-Z

Other Transcriptions

1295-1718 Helston Mayors
1835-1878 Helston Mayors, Aldermen and Officers
1729-1823 Helston Barstardy Papers
1832 Voters List
1834 Voters List
1901 Helston Work House - Census transcription

Other Records

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