Cumberland Family History

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


BMDs & Parish Records

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

Census Records

Electoral Registers



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

    Historical Directories

    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


    • 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.