Cumberland Family History

These 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.

Cemetery & Burial Records

Census Records

  • Census 1841-1921
    Search the census records from 1841-1921, plus the 1939 Register all at once.
  • FreeCen
    Has a good, but not complete, selection of free records to search and view.

Electoral Registers



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.

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.