The Parish of St. Martin, is situated in the Deanery and hundred of Kirrier. It is bounded on the north by the Helford estuary which seperates it from Constantine, on the east by Manaccan, from which it is separated by Frenchmanís Creek and its tributary rivulet, on the South by St. Keverne, and on the west by Mawgan.
The present church was built in 1830 and is dedicated to St. Martin. It is a plain parallelogram with a south porch. The font is of native elvan and it rests on a round shaft and four small pillars. The tower belonged to the former church. It consists of two stages, is 45 feet in height, and is finished with battlements and pinnacles. The belfry contains one bell, dated 1826. (Pictures of Parish church are from the Truscott Family Home Page)
There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel at Newtown, a Bible Christian chapel at Tregiddon, and a United Methodist Free Church chapel at St. Martins Green. Newtown and St. Martins Green are the principal villages.
Don-John is the OPC for this parish and also has his own webpages associated with this project which include transcriptions of the Parish Registers. If you need any assistance with your research for this area please do contact Don-John who will assist in any way that he can.
Baptisms: - Can be looked up on the LDS website using the IGI Index by entering surname, changing region to "British Isles", and then entering one of the following, in the batch number box. C021811, C021812, C021813 or C053211and press enter. These index entries are actual extractions from the Parish Records.
Marriages: - Phillimore's Marriage Transcripts are available on CD from Archive CD Books and United Kingdom Genealogy. This covers the period from 1563 up to 1812.
Transcriptions on this site -- 1573 to 1812 and banns from 1860 to 1900
Burials: - At this time there is no access to these records, so they are gradually being transcibed and placed on this website. Follow the links to the left when they become available.
Other Information: - Please follow this link to see where Parish Registers are available for viewing and where, plus what is for sale.
Civil Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages began in England from July of 1837. Copies of certificates can be obtained from two sources, the central archive maintained by the General Register Office (GRO) or the local District Registration Office which is Kerrier for Mawgan. The information required to obtain a copy of a certificate is different for both Offices and is explained in more detail here. Also visit Mark Howells website for more information on ordering certificates and check Barbara Dixon's Tutorials for details on what information appears on birth, death and marriage certificates.
Another large volunteer project is the "FreeCen" project. The goal of this project is to publish online for free access, transcripts of all the English Census Records. The Cornwall section of this country wide project is well advanced and the links to the left lead to current records available online for Mawgan. Also making good progress is a project by "Archive CD Books" to digitise actual images of the various Census Records by agreement with "The National Archives" (formerly, The Public Record Office). Do visit there website for details on purchasing the CD's of the census records. Also available to make the searching of census records easier are indexes put out by the "New Zealand Society of Genealogists" (1851 index) and the "Cornwall Family History Society" and a visit to the respective websites will give details on how to go about obtaining these indexes.
Also the 1871 census is online at Kindred Konnections One can use the search engine on the main page or click on "searches" under free guest services to the left and then click on "Cornwall Census" in the centre panel.
The OPC Home Webpage for Cornwall - Lists all the OPC's and links to any that are online.
Cornish Surname Index - by Place. A list of Researchers with St Martin Families.
Genuki, Cornwall - St Martin in Meneage for further information.
Cornish Volunteer lookup library - for St Martin records and many other Cornish Records.
Photos of St Martin Church - taken by Steve Beazley