Here are some handy links to external resources which you may find useful when trying to identify old place names, surnames, abbreviations or just for some further learning and personal interest.

Kresen Kernow resources:

Collections guides – Kresen Kernow

Manorial documents – Kresen Kernow

Kresen Kernow – YouTube


Family history:

FreeCEN – UK Census Records (England, Scotland, Wales)

Database for UK census records, 1841-1911

FreeBMD – Search

Database for UK registered births, marriages and deaths

Search the Cornwall OPC Database (

Online Parish Clerks database for Cornish genealogy

Crew List Index Project

Database for searching records of British merchant seafarers of the late 19th and early 20th century



National Library of Scotland – Map Images (

Map images website providing over a quarter of a million maps as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images, includes Ordnance Survey maps

Cornwall Council Interactive Map

Interactive base map for Cornwall identifying historical features, with external resource links


Manuscript studies:

Research Guidance – The University of Nottingham

Caring for archives, dating documents, weights and measures, accounting records, deeds, manorial records, maps and plans, medieval documents, includes topic terminology glossaries


Palaeography – Archival Skills – LibGuides at University of Hull

Instruction on reading old handwriting with practical online learning and links to further resources (links to examples below)

English Handwriting 1500-1700: An Online Course (

Practical online learning

The National Archives | Palaeography tutorial (how to read old handwriting)

Practical online learning



South East Museum Development – YouTube

Preservation basics, pest management, mould, showcases

PZ Conservation – YouTube

Housing styles for volumes, preservation tools and equipment use

Preservation guides | Conservation | British Library – The British Library (

PDF booklets covering a range of conservation issues


General historical research:

Help with your research – The National Archives

Research guidelines arranged by subject, such as First World War, military and maritime