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Cumbria County Council (Whitehaven)

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Unpublished indexes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
Scotch Street
CA28 7NL
Tel: 01946 852920
Fax: 01946 852919
[email protected]
Contact: Claire Caution, Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library Whitehaven
Monday: 0930-1700
Tuesday: 0930-1700
Wednesday: 0930-1900
Thursday: 0930-1700
Friday: 0930-1700
Saturday: 0900-1300

Other Libraries:

Also Millom Library; Cleator Moor Library; Egremont Library
Some items available for loan at the Daniel Hay Library,Lowther Street Whitehaven CA28 7QZ
Otherwise all items are held at the main location: Cumbria Record Officeand Local Studies Library, Whitehaven CRO(W)

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? As the local studies department at Whitehaven is now integrated with the Archive Service all postal enquiries requiring research are dealt with by the fee-based service.Details can be down-loaded from our web site at http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

GRO overseas indexes

Locations GRO for England and Wales on microfiche up to 1996

5. Census returns

1841-1891 Cumberland at Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library, Whitehaven (CRO(W))on microfiche/film
1851 which is in process of transcription by Cumbria Family History Society is available at CRO(W)
1881 index for Cumberland on microfiche; a CD-ROM for Great Britian is available for consultation at the Daniel Hay Library,Lowther Street Whitehaven
1901 census for Cumbria is available at CRO(W) on fiche

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Cumberland and in some cases Westmorland and Furness
1811-1968 about 30 items
Also 2 or 3 items are available at Cleator Moor,Egremont and Millom libraries

6(b) City and Town Directories

Whitehaven and district: 1864, 1882 and 1956 only

6(c) Telephone Directories

Cumberland and North Lancs: 1934 to date
Some gaps in early years
Yellow pages from 1974

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

19 Century Electoral Registers:
Knights of the Shire, Cumberland 1831
Knights of the Shire, Cumberland Whitehaven Districts 1 & 2 1841
Knights of the Shire, Cumberland Whitehaven Districts 1-3 1850
Knights of the Shire, Cumberland Whitehaven District 2 1846
Knights of the Shire, Cumberland Whitehaven District 2 Eligible Jurors 1846
Electoral Register, Borough of Whitehaven (holograph) 1845
Burgess Roll, St Nicholas Ward, Whitehaven 1904-05
Burgess Roll, Harbour and Trinity Wards, Whitehaven 1914-15
Electoral Roll, St Nicholas Ward, Whitehaven 1914-15

20 Century Electoral Registers:
Borough of Whitehaven 1918 and 1919; 1933 to 1970
Whitehaven (later Copeland) Parliamentary Division 1935-1939, 1956 to date

Microfilms (originals at Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle)
Western Division of Cumberland 1832-1875
Western/Egrement Division of Cumberland 1899-1914
Cockermouth Division of Cumberland 1899-1914
Penrith & Cockermouth Division of Cumberland 1936-1948
Whitehaven Division 1919-1979
Workington Division 1918-1919

7(b) Poll Books

Borough of Whitehaven 1832, 1868
Western Division Cumberland,1831 and 1857

8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Microfiche, Great Britain and Ireland 1992 edition

9. Unpublished Indexes

1881 census (a) West Cumberland
Cumberland Pacquet (newspapers) b.m.d.'s 1775-c.1850
Family Finder to the 1851 census Copeland Deanery (N. Ramsden 1996)
Index to wills Copeland Deanery 1541-1857 and 1857-1900 (CFHS N. Ramsden 1996 and 1998)
South Copeland marriage index 1651-1813 Copeland Deanery (N. Ramsden 1996)
1762 'census' of Whitehaven,including a name index

10. Parish Registers

Allerdale above Derwent( Copeland Deanery) i.e. Cockermouth - Millom (between the Rivers Derwent and Duddon): originals and microfilms. Most parishes have deposited their records with the Archive Service. The originals for Haverigg, Millom, Thwaites, Ulpha and Waberthwaite are at Barrow Record Office. Microfilms are available at Whitehaven and also for most Cumberland parishes north of the Derwent.

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Transactions of Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Old Series 1874-1900 New Series 1900 to date
Fairly complete run at Cleator Moor,Egremont and Millom libraries

Cumbria Family History Society Newsletter no. 1 1976 to date

County Annual 1890-1941 CRO(W) only

Cumbria 1960 to date

Northern History (complete run)

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Please see our publications list at www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives

13. Other material

As this is a combined Record Office and Local Studies Library we hold original records relating to local authorities, schools, ships, Poor Law unions, churches and businesses including solicitors offices as well as family records for the area we cover - West Cumbria south from the River Derwent to the River Duddon - from Cockermouth to Millom.
For further details see www.cumbria.gov.uk/libraries/

14. Guides to Collections

A guide for family historians, Cumbrian Ancestors, Notes for Genealogical Searchers, 3rd ed. 1998. Cumbria Archive Service. 6.99 (+p&p), is available from Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library, Whitehaven. See also our publications list at http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/archives
The county library catalogue is now available online at the cumbria County Council website http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/libraries. Shelf numbers use the Omerod classification schem e.g. 44 WHI for books about Whitehaven's history.

15. Local Record Offices

Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library
Scotch Street
CA28 7NL
Tel: 01946 852920
Fax: 01946 852919
Email: [email protected]

Other information

This facility opened on 27 August 1996 with a complement of 6 staff (5 FTE) It now has 2 archivists, one local studies librarian, 3 searchroom assistants 2 being p/t and 1 clerk-typist/receptionist.
The Lowther archive, covering many of the manorial records for the area has remained at Carlisle Record Office, as it is of Cumbria-wide interest. Records from the Leconsfield archive, still in family hands, can be ordered.Popular items are being microfilmed as funds permit. There is also some family history material in the local studies files.We have a small collection of photographs including some aerial views and a good coverage of Ordnance Survey maps of Cumberland (County Series)and the National Grid for Copeland district.
A list of newspapers held can be found at: