- source: Family History Library Catalog
In the 19th century the parish of St. Thomas-by-Launceston was part of Launceston Poor Law Union and Registration District. In 1889 it was split into rural and urban parts, with St. Thomas-by-Launceston Urban becoming a part of Launceston, and St. Thomas-by-Launceston Rural (parish) joining the Launceston Rural District.
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
St. Thomas-by-Launceston Rural (Cornish: Sen Tommos Lannstefan), also known as St. Thomas the Apostle Rural, was a civil parish in the east of Cornwall, England. It is centred on the village of Tregadillett (Cornish: Tregadylet) northwest of Launceston. The parish is bounded to the east by Launceston St. Mary Magdelene, to the south by South Petherwin Rural, to the west by Trewen, and to the north by Egloskerry and St. Stephen's by Launceston Rural.
One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.
The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.
- GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
- FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
- A Vision of Britain through Time has
- organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
- excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
- reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
- More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.