America's Home of the Cornish

The Cornish American Heritage Society:
promoting & preserving Cornish heritage
and culture in North America.

  • Our organization is committed to providing resources and
    information on Cornish settlement, culture,and history in
    North America.
  • We sponsor and participate in a variety of events throughout
    North America in support of our mission.

Affiliated Societies

Federation of Genealogical Societies Member

 

Become A Member

The Cornish American Heritage Society is a group of Individuals committed to preserving Cornish history and heritage in North America.

Being a member brings a variety of benefits from member publications and special access to members-only content on our website to social activites throughout North America.

We invite you to join us in promoting Cornish heritage.

Learn about membership.

Latest News & Views

Site updated August 12, 2017Dreamweaver CS3

TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! 

If your membership expired in 2016, the winter issue will be your last issue unless you renew your membership. The cost is only $12 for the emailed newsletter, with color pictures and web links accompanying the articles.

The 18th Gathers of the Cornish Cousins is November 3-5 in Gold Hill, North Carolina

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR THE UPCOMING GATHERING?

DON'T MISS OUT MEETING ALL YOUR CORNISH RELATIVES, SIGN UP NOW FOR THE GATHERING IN NOVEMBER!

The theme for the 18th Gathering of Cornish Cousins is If Picks and Shovels Could Talk. Both in their native Cornwall and throughout settlements in the United States, the Cornish people have been known for their mining capabilities. This Gathering, we will be visiting Gold Hill, North Carolina (near Charlotte, NC), which is home of the first gold rush in the USA. The image above is of the Whitney Company mine in Gold Hill, taken in 1907.

The Gathering will feature talks, visits to local landmarks, time for genealogy exploration, and of course, fellowship and fun.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UPCOMING 18TH GATHERING at our new page listing events and details on how to register.

We hope to see you there!

NEW RESPOSITORY FOR STORIES OF CORNWALL

The Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Historic Environment Record are coming together on one site in Redruth. Both existing and potential users are welcome to make comments and suggestions during the public consultancy period. Watch for more information in the coming months.  Help make this project a success, details are here

CHECK OUT THE LINKS PAGE, NEW LINKS ARE BEING ADDED ALL THE TIME.

Ruth Saberton, Cornish Author of many books, offering a free book for St Piran's Day

Find the links on the LINKS webpage. Take a look.

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER VIA EMAIL, LESS COST FOR YOU AND CAHS.

The benefits of receiving our newsletter via EMAIL are: You will be among the very first to receive the newsletter. The photos are in color. The links in the newsletter are active, just click to go to the referenced item. Your society saves printing and mailing costs and you will continue to enjoy our low membership dues. Send a note to: CAHS1982@verizon.net and we'll hook you right up to email.

HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING INTO THE MEMBERS AREA?

Send a note to: CAHS1982@verizon.net and your request will be processed promptly or as the Cornish say, Dreckly.

Who We Are

Bodmin-Moor in CornwallDown on the southwest tip of Great Britain is a land of mystery, myth, and magic ... a land of a Celtic people, the Cornish!

The Cornish are fisherfolk, farmers, miners and merchants, scholars, saints, sometimes law-breakers -- above all, they are people of an extraordinary clan in an extraordinary land -- and they know it. They revere it and love it. They celebrate their present in light of their past, looking always to the future for the generations to come.

And so do we. We are descendants of Cornish people who emigrated to the Americas. Though we are no longer in the land of our heritage, we are linked to Cornwall by blood and by the tug of our hearts. Some of our members are Cornish people still living in Cornwall...joined to their cousins in the Americas for the good of all.

Wherever you are in the world, whatever your Cornish ties or interests, you are welcome here.

The people of CAHS celebrate Cornwall and the Cornish in many ways. Our members search, save, create and pass on to the rest of us Cornish songs, poetry, legend, history, photos and food. We do love our food. :-)

Many of us are involved in tracing our family trees, so genealogy and record-keeping are important to us. We each get to have some part in maintaining the ties between Cornish people around all the world, if only through this site.

However you want to take part in all this, is more than fine with us. Wander around the site, email your questions, become a member.

Let this site be your introduction to all things Cornwall -- and let our gatherings, whether in local society, the Gatherings of Cornish Cousins in the Americas, or the Grand Homecoming to Cornwall called Dehwelans -- let these be moments that will help you form a long and lasting relationship with all things Cornish.

What We Do

Visit our information page for Mission Statement, Officers, History, Publications, Gatherings, and Our University of Wisconsin Archives. here

Visit our projects page for Global Migration Project, CFHS Records,  Paul Smales Award, The West Briton Project, Founders Award, and Heritage Certificates. here.

Check Out The Cornish Links Page

A Laptop Computer Website links to Gatherings, festivals, history, cemeteries, nature, language, pictures, videos, etc .are available in our links section. Click on the Links button in the banner at the top of this every page on our site.

CAHS Archives are available at the University of Wisconsin.  Research your history, check the index of documents. See the details here.

Member Services

Active members of CAHS now have a blog, forum, photo gallery, and newsletter archive available online. Instructions for logging in to the members' area are available here.

Share your genealogy, photos, news, questions with your fellow members. Also, be sure to visit the newsletter archive to learn about the history of your society. Lots of other historical reading and Cornish recipes for your enjoyment.

If your membership expired in or before 2016 , you must renew to continue receiving the newsletter and to access the members' services area.

Log In To Members Services Area here.