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


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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.

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Latest News & Views

Site updated August 7, 2016Dreamweaver CS3


Receive the newsletter four times a year, Access the membership area, View the archive of all newsletters, Post photos, Add to the Blog, Write in the Forum.


A study of the 19th Century Cornish Miners of the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan. While I was living in Mohawk, I became interested in the Cornish settlement in Central Mine and the mine disaster of 1872. I intended to write an article for a historical magazine. But once I got into researching the 13 miners of that disaster, I was hooked and wanted to know more about life in the Keweenaw. The book includes the genealogies of the miners in the 1872 accident as well as the genealogies of 50 Cornishmen who sent money back to their families in Cornwall the last quarter of 1876. In addition, there is a section on extractions from newspapers during the years 1859-1873 which include a few marriages, deaths, but mostly newsworthy items...some folksy news. There is a section on a short history of the towns in Cornwall where the miners came from, and other short articles of interest. The section that is the most fun is a section of colored pictures of most of the houses standing in Central Mine. Soft cover 8x10, 100+ pages. Pre-publication price before August 15, 2016 is $25, after August 15, $30. Send order to Betty Bellous, 6102 Jetterson #1418, Midland, MI 48640, include Name, Address, # of books, check or money order or purchase order.


Free Website, exploring the many different roles which women and girls have undertaken at mines around the world. Searchable database, find your female ancestor. NEW FOR MARCH 2016: Full Searchable transcript of the 1842 Commission into the Working Conditions fo Children at the Mines in Cornwall and West Devon, check it out: here


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


Tencreek Holiday Park / Dolphin Holidays -- Plan you next holiday in Cornwall

Added -- Cornish Association of Queensland

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


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: and we'll hook you right up to email.


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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 2015 , you must renew to continue receiving the newsletter and to access the members' services area.

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