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Redruth OPC  


The Lynch Gate St Uny Church.built 1810

Welcome to the Redruth / Gwennap "ON LINE PARISH CLERK" web site. 

This site is for everyone to enjoy as well as being a tool to help Genealogist, Historians, and others carrying out research. Our aim is to provide information from an historical viewpoint on Redruth and Gwennap two adjoining parishes in Cornwall, United Kingdom. We will endeavor to provide a number of resources here to help you with your research whilst at the same time hoping that you will share your knowledge with others through the site. We welcome constructive comment and suggestions on how we can improve its content.

This is an excerpt from W.L. Bawden's introduction to his transcription of Gwennap Parish Registers 1832-45: 

“Some foreign births are entered in the baptisms to ensure that a record existed in this country, such as on page 119. [the entry is: 21st Dec 1852, baptism of Phillipa Roberts, daughter of John & Grace; miner; Caharrack; “she was 11 years old last birth-day and born in Brazil”] Miners would take mining jobs abroad, taking their wives and children with them. Quite often children would be born to them in those foreign countries. In time the family would return to Gwennap. On a permanent basis there was more emigration to foreign countries from Gwennap than from any other Cornish parish. I have carried out a cursory check to ascertain some of the most ancient families; of Gwennap from the 1522 Military Survey. The following surnames are listed for Gwennap: Penhalurick, Magor, Jose, Bawden, Treweek, Jeffery, Williams, Skewes, Thomas, Richards, Nicholls, Harris, Jenkin, Skinner, Hitchins, Angove and Michell. Descendants of these same families still reside in the parish of Gwennap. A period of over 450 years. --W.L. Bawden" [end excerpt]

Sandra is Cornish by birth and a descendent of the Vingoe family of Lands End, tracing her roots back to the 16th Century when a Nicholl Vyngow is shown on the Muster Roll as living in Sennen Parish. The Redruth link is through a Frances Vingoe, widow of Jenkyn Vingoe of Falmouth,  marrying Samuel Terrell of Redruth 1764. Also possibly through  a Jenkyn Trevingy who was mentioned as both Jenkin Trevingy and Jenkyn Vingoe in the St Ives Borough Accounts in 1590 and 1605.

George's family are originally from Wales thereby sharing their Celtic origins with the Cornish. Over the twenty five years that we have been tracing the Vingoe family lines we have collected a lot of information on Cornwall and its people. In January 2001 a group of Cornish researchers came together to form "Cornish Online-Parish-Clerks" (OPCs). We are all volunteers who collect, collate and transcribe records for a chosen specific parish in Cornwall. The data originates from as many sources as can be accessed, including census, parish registers, cemetery records and parish histories. The emphasis is on genealogy, but is not limited to that alone. However, it takes time to transcribe and accumulate material, so not all the records will be on site yet. If you visit our Sennen OPC site at  you will see what we intend to produce for Redruth & Gwennap researchers in the future.

 If you believe that anyone you are researching came from the Redruth / Gwennap parishes and you need help then please get in touch. If they came from another parish in Cornwall then follow the link to the main OPC web site at the bottom of the CONTENTS page to see if there is an OPC who can help you.  You can also find other web sites with a Redruth / Gwennap interest on the LINKS Pages.

It is our intention to transcribed and place on this site the parish records for you to browse. However, this will take time but we have been able to start the site off with the support of people who have already done some of the work. My thanks go to them. The site will be continually changing so put it in your favourites and call back frequently.

 If you have any records for the Redruth parish which you would be willing to place on the site please contact me:-


Cut and paste the address into your browser replacing <at> with @ . This has been done in order to  stop some of the span we receive. 

In order to make more room for records on this site we have made links to various sites. You will therefore have to use your back button to return to this site after visiting them.

Finally all though every care is taken when transcribing the records please if possible check the original documents for confirmation.

George & Sandra Pritchard

OPC Redruth.

  • The authors of original work on this site give permission to copy and use this information on the following conditions.
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    Revised: October 06, 2005 .