Text Size

If the text size on this web site, apart from this paragraph, seems a little small (or large), this could be because your browser has “been adjusted” by another web site.

In Internet Explorer, go to the View menu and the Text Size option to adjust it. Other browsers will be similar, but probably not affected in the same way.

Why are other web sites not affected? Because they don't allow you to change the text size!


This site is a start towards documenting the resources available for the study of family and local history in the West Penwith area. Whilst researching the [Off Site]RENOWDEN family which originated here, I have accumulated masses of these resources in printed, microfiche and CDROM form (all are described here and some are now online). I am willing to share these resources to help with people’s research within reasonable limits and copyright permitting. If there is a resource listed which I don’t have, then I will try to provide a link or indication where it can be obtained. See the separate chapters on this site regarding help from CFHS publications and CFS publications. Subject to these limitations, I can help with all resources marked [YES] throughout this site.

For lookup requests please email

Please try to avoid asking for resources which I don’t have, particularly those out-of-the-district, it can only disappoint.

Email not getting through

If you are getting persistant bounces or non-delivery from our various email addresses, then please try using the Mail Form [Temporarily disabled]. I try to reply to all (polite) emails as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that a slow-reply may be due to holidays but also could be because my messages to YOU are not being delivered. You will NOT get a reply if you use a Challenge-Response Anti Spam system. See the link to find out what this is about and why.

Email Addresses

In order to hide email addresses from spam harvesters, the email addresses are hidden by a JavaScript function. If your browser does not support JavaScript then there are two ways to obtain the correct addresses. a) Look at the source code of the relevant page for the mail() function. You should be able to work out the addresses from that or b) email me at nospam1@west-penwith.org.uk and I will send you the required address. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


The main navigation on this site is organised into two streams from the Home page. The first is Topical, by general subject matter, and these links are in the first column. The second is Parochial by the old ecclesiastical parish name. Modern church parishes and civil parishes are listed with their nearest ancient equivalent. For Non-Conformist churches, see the Chapels page.

A full list of all the pages on the site can be found in the Site Map. A search engine is provided. This can be accessed in a simple manner at the top right hand corner of every page or in a more advanced fashion on the dedicated Search page. The What’s New page is always worth a look as well.

If you are using a more advanced browser (not Internet Explorer at present) then site navigation can be available from the tool bar or status bar. In [Off Site]Mozilla this is called the “Site Navigation Bar” and can be switched on from the “View =>Show/Hide =>Site Navigation Bar” options. There you will find “Top”, “First”, “Next” and many other quick links as appropriate to the page. In [Off Site]Firefox you will need an extension called “Link Toolbar”—goto Tools => Extensions to download and install it.

Little “World” icons, like the one on the Mozilla link above, indicate a link to a page off this site. From there you are on your own <grin>


As designed, the site displays mostly in “Century Schoolbook” but will fall back through more common serifed fonts if you don’t have that one installed. Headings default to “Verdana” and there is some use of “Andale Mono” similarly falling back to any sans-serif and monospace fonts respectively.

There is occasional use of a Black Letter font called “Old English Text MT”, particularly for monumental inscriptions and initial capitals on book transcripts for effect. This is included with MS Office but other systems may not have it so they will revert to a rather unsatisfactory alternative of “Comic Sans MS’ or something equally odd.

Further Help

For further help or reports of errors and broken links, please email