Genealogists, not only in Cornwall, but throughout the English world, will appreciate this systematic attempt to render available the information contained in parish registers, which to most students are at present almost sealed books. These printed copies will preserve the information they contain, even though the originals be lost by carelessness, theft, or fire. Moreover, registers in the past have been sometimes tampered with for wrongful purposes, as was done.
in the recent Shipway pedigree case, in which forged entries, both early and late, were inserted in several Gloucestershire parish registers. In several instances where registers have been printed, as a consequence, volumes which had been supposed to be lost, have been discovered and subsequently printed, thus shewing how desirable it is to make public by means of the printing press these ancient records.