Cumberland Family History

These family history resources and links to records available online will help you to find your Cumberland ancestors.


Cumbria Archives
Cumbria Archives also covers Cumberland and Westmorland.

BMDs & Parish Records

Cumberland Baptisms
Search over 129,000 baptism records.

Cumberland Marriages
Search over 67,000 marriages.

Cumberland Burials
Search over 67,000 burials.

Cumbria BMD
Cumbria births, marriages and deaths has over 277,000 births, 96,000 marriages and 170,000 deaths available for you to search and view for free.

The following registers are available in an online book that you can browse or search.

Census Records

1939 Register


UK Census 1841-1911

Electoral Registers

Cumberland Electoral Registers 1910-1932
There are over 495,000 million records in this collection of Cumberland people who were eligible to vote.


Cumberland Genealogy Forum
The forum can help you connect with others researching their Cumberland ancestors.


Visitations of Cumberland 1615 & 1666
An online book containing Pedigrees recorded at the heralds’ visitations of the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

Historical Directories

Cumberland Historical Directories
View various directories online from the 1800s and 1900s.

Local History

Place Names of Cumberland
An alphabetical index with details of each place and some history.

Bygone Cumberland
A book written in 1899 containing some interesting stories, including, old-time punishments, old customs, old-time home life and more.

Cumbria Image Bank
is an extensive collection of digital images from Cumbria County Council. There are over 12,000 images from across the county dating from the mid 18th century.

Newspaper Archives

Cumberland & Westmorland Newspaper Archives
The Cumberland & Westmorland Newspaper Archives allows you to search and view records from the following newspapers:

Cumberland Newspapers

  • West Cumberland Times
  • West Cumberland News
  • The Maryport Advertiser
  • Whitehaven Gazette
  • The Whitehaven News
  • Whitehaven Herald
  • The Workington Star
  • Cumberland & Westmorland Herald
  • The Keswick Guardian
  • Cumberland News
  • Cumberland Herald
  • Carlisle Patriot
  • Carlisle Journal
  • The Cumberland Pacquet
  • Barrow-in-Furness Northwestern Daily Times
  • The Northern News
  • The Times

Westmorland Newspapers

  • The Westmorland Gazette
  • Kendal Times
  • The Penrith Observer
  • Penrith Herald
  • Mid Cumberland & North Westmorland Herald
  • Ambleside Lakes Herald
  • Ambleside Lakes Herald Courts Index

School Records

School Admission Registers 1870-1914
Search more than 112,000 records of schools in Cumberland.


Cumbria Family History Society
The Cumbria Family History Society was founded to help members carry out their genealogy researches and our area of interest is the modern county of Cumbria, which is the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and a part of Northern Lancashire and North Yorkshire.The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, the North West Group of Family History Societies, the Association of Scottish Family History Societies, the Lancashire Parish Register Society, and a founder member of the Friends of Cumbria Archives.