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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree December 2017 > Spotlight on… Polperro Family History Society

Spotlight on… Polperro Family History Society

Jeremy Rowett Johns introduces the Polperro Family History Society, whose unusual beginning has led to a treasure trove of genealogical information for those tracing ancestors in south-east Cornwall


Local knowledge & resources

The society’s 2017 AGM

The Polperro Family History Society owes its existence to an extraordinary experiment conducted in 1903 when Frank Perrycoste, a local antiquarian, obtained the fingerprints of every man, woman and child in the little Cornish fishing village. The fingerprints were sent to Sir Francis Galton, who was endeavouring at the time to demonstrate that related individuals had similar fingerprints.

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Come on, it's time to roll up your sleeves, leave the pleasant pastures of the 19th century, the birth, marriage and death records, and the census - and trace your family lines further back in into the past. This is your chance to explore new records, stretch your research and revel in the lives and times of your Georgian, Stuart and even Tudor ancestors.