Select a topic: Abbreviations, Identities, Searching


AncestryCom   Ancestry (online database)
BC:       Birth certificate
BF:       Birth data given privately by family sources. Not checked.
BISA:   Book: Biographical Index of South Australia
CFHS:  Cornwall Family History Society
COCP:  Cornwall Online Census Project
COPC:  Parish register transcriptions by Cornwall online Parish Clerks
CWGC  Commonwealth War Graves Commission
DC:       Death certificate
DF:       Death data given privately by family sources. Not checked.
FMP:    Find My Past (online database)
GRO:    General Register Office indexes, London
IGI:      International Genealogical Index; now FamilySearch online
MC:      Marriage certificate
MF:      Marriage data given privately by family sources. Not checked.
MI:       Monument inscription
/page:  The original document, or a photocopy, has been seen
REG      Parish register


Each record is assigned a unique identity in the database, for example 1890AF02. This is composed of (a) 1890: the confirmed or assumed year of birth; (b) AF: two letters suggesting the forename, in this case Alfred; (c) 02; a two-digit serial number, this is the second Alfred born in 1890. Note that a real-life person might appear in the database as more than one identity due to lack of conclusive evidence they represent the same person. If more evidence turns up, it might be possible to merge and revise such scattered identities, which will be dated and recorded in the what’s new menu. These identities are useful for searching and recognising related identities.


A search box is provided (above right), that gives a list of all occurrences of the search text in the data base. The search text is not case-sensitive. The list page contains about 10 responses; click on older posts or newer posts at the bottom of the list page for additional search finds. Note that these lists are written over the same page; when following a link to read more, right-click on the link and select open in a new tab, which will leave the list intact in its own tab. It’s not a good idea to search for names or common words, the list might be enormous. Searching for identities is useful, yielding a list of related identities (such as parents, spouse, children).