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Cumbria County Council (Barrow)

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/libraries/
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): CMA, CUL

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library,
140 Duke Street,
Cumbria, LA14 1XW.
tel: 01229 894377 or 894363
fax: 01229 894364
[email protected]
Contact: Mr Glenn Lang, Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Opening Hours:
Monday 09.30-19-00
Tuesday 09.30-19.00
Wednesday 09.30-19.00
Thursday 09.30-17.00
Friday 09.30-19.00
Saturday 09.30-16.00

Original records deposited with the Archive Service are normally only available between 09.30-17.00. They can be made available on Wednesday evenings (until 19.00) and on Saturdays if ordered in advance.

Other Libraries:

Other Libraries within Barrow group: Barrow Central Library's "Cumbria Collection" (in the lending department) comprises a variety of local studies books that are available for loan. Smaller collections are available at Dalton-in-Furness, Askam-in-Furness, Barrow Island, Walney, Roose and Ormsgill Libraries.

3. Research Service

Service available? yes

Fee-based? yes

Provided by local Record Office?
Mrs Susan Benson,
Research Assistant,
Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library,
140 Duke Street,
LA14 1XW.
Fax: 01229 894364

Cost: �19.00 per hour, minimum charge �20.00 (plus postage).
Details available from website:

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations General Register Office index of Births, Marriages and Deaths 1837-1996 available on microfiche. Booking recommended.

5. Census returns


Furness Area and Millom from 1841 to 1891 with indexes in various formats.
1881 census for Cumberland, Lancashire, Westmorland, Isle of Man and Yorkshire on microfiche.

Although the CD-Rom version of the 1881 cencus for England, Wales and Scotland cannot be viewed in the search room, it can be used on the public computers in the main Barrow Central Library next door.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Lancashire and Furness 1824-1912: various years and titles (Baines, Pigot, Slater, Mannex, Kelly, etc.)
Cumberland 1829-1938 various years and titles (Pigot, Slater, Kelly, Bulmer, etc.)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Barrow & District: various publishers 1871-1966, including Barrow and District/Furness and District Yearbooks, 1905-1952; Barratt's Barrow & Furness directories 1959-1966, Barrow Almanacs & Tide Tables 1875-1904 (with gaps).

Ulverston: Almanacks (Soulby, Jackson) 1837-1869 (with gaps). Also included in Mackereth's/Holmes's Furness Year Books 1896-1909.

Grange & District: Grange Visitor (with list of resident gentry) 1889. Area included in Mackereth's/Holmes's Furness Year Books 1896-1909. Grange Red Book 1939-75 (with gaps).

6(c) Telephone Directories

6(c) Telephone Directories
Cumbria and North Lancashire 1980 to current
Cumbria and North Lancashire Yellow Pages 1978 to current
Also fragments for the local area 1900, 1904, 1936.

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Barrow-in-Furness electoral registers 1882-current. None compiled during war years.
North Lonsdale (frequently excluding the town of Ulverston) 1921-1974 (many gaps).
Burgess Rolls for Barrow-in-Furness 1867/68 and 1868/69.

7(b) Poll Books

County of Westmorland election 1820

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Microfiche for Great Britain and Ireland, 1992 edition

9. Unpublished Indexes

Subject index on cards for the Local Studies Collection
Newspaper index on database for the North West Evening Mail1995-current
Card index of Christenings in Barrow churches, 1856-90
Individual indexes for certain archive collections

10. Parish Registers

Church of England parish registers for Barrow, Ulverston, Millom and surrounding villages are deposited with the Archive Service: various dates and formats, including some originals, microfilm copies and unpublished modern transcripts. Also similar Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, Baptist and Quaker records.

Published volumes produced by Lancashire Parish Register Society and the Cumberland & Westmorland Parish Register Society cover certain parishes from a broader geographical area, generally finishing about 1837.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society: Old Series 1874-1900 New Series 1900 to date.
Lancashire Life 1954 to date
Cumbria magazine 1947 to date
Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society Vol. 1 1883 to date
Barrow Naturalists Field Club Annual Reports Vol. 1876-1971 (last edition)
Northern History Vol. 1 1966 to date
Lancashire and Cheshire Naturalist Vol. 2 1909-25
Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 1848/49 to date
Fell and Rock Climbing Club Journal Vol. 1 1907 to date

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Many examples - including volumes of the Chetham Society and of the Record Society of Lancashire & Cheshire.

13. Other material

Ordnance Survey maps: the collections held by the Local Studies Library or deposited with the Archive Service together include all the large scale sheets ever issued prior to 1945 for the Furness area of Lancashire and for Cumberland south of the River Esk. (These comprise six-inch and twenty-five scales, with various larger scales for local town centres.) Coverage for the post-1945 period is much less complete.

Newspapers: many local newspapers from Barrow and the Furness area are held on microfilm, commencing with Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser, 1848. The Local Studies Library also holds the Millom Gazette 1893-1933 - but it has no holdings of national newspapers.

Photographs: the Local Studies Library has its own photographic collection, whilst many more are included in different deposits within the Archive Service.

14. Guides to Collections

Published bibliographies covering the local area include The Books of Furness & Cartmel compiled by John Garbutt & Harvey Leeson (1993) and A bibliography of the history and topography of Cumberland & Westmorland compiled by Henry W. Hodgson (1968).

The Archive Service has produced a number of source lists on certain topics, including Railways, Shipbuilding, and the Iron Industries. These relate primarily to manuscript sources, but some printed sources are included. Details on the Archive Service web site (see below).

15. Local Record Offices

The Local Studies Library and the Cumbria Record Office, Barrow together form a joint operation, sharing one search room. Some archives relating to the Furness area will be found in other record offices, including the Cumbria Record Office, County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ, and the Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, PR1 2RE.

Cumbria Archive Service has its own web site at: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/libraries/
whilst Lancashire Record Office has a site at: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/lifelong/ro/index.htm

Other information

The Local Studies Library developed as a specialist collection of Barrow Library, which first opened in 1882 in a room near the Town Hall. The later Central Library opened in 1922. Cumbria Record Office, Barrow, was established in 1979 in new purpose-built premises next door to the Central Library. Following building alterations, the local studies library and the record office began to operate a combined search room in October 1998.