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Cumbria,  England
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Record Description
Record Type Parish Registers
Collection years 1538-1990
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Cumbria Record Office



What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is the Church of England's parish registers containing baptisms, marriages, and burials that took place in the county of Cumbria from 1538 to 1990. Records may include: name, parents, spouse, father's occupation, residence, date of birth, date of marriage, burial date and place and much more depending on the record type. The original records are held at the Cumbria Record Office.

Parish registers have been kept at the local level across England since the mid-1500s. Due to this long and relatively stable tradition, these records are important to English genealogical research as they are often one of the only sources for finding families and individuals in England before the start of civil registration in 1837.

Cumbria County was created April 1974. It was formed from Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire "north of the sands", and a small part of Yorkshire Counties. It is the third largest in size county in England.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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These images can be viewed online at a Family History Center near you, at the Family History Library, or by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you do not have a FamilySearch account, you can register here. For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.


What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The information in these records may include the following:

Christening

  • Name of the Child
  • Date and Place of Christening
  • Birth Date
  • Often the Parents Are Listed
  • Occupation of Parents

Marriage

  • Names of the Bride and Groom
  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Occupations
  • Fathers' names and Their Occupations

Marriage Banns

  • Names of Bride and Groom
  • Dates of Banns

Burial

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of burial
  • Age
  • Estimated birth year

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the individual
  • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Save or print a copy of the image or record, if possible. The original may contain information that was not recorded in the index
  • Use the information which you have found to estimate ages in other life events. For example, use a christening date to approximate a marriage date, or a burial record to calculate an estimated year of birth
  • Once you have found a christening or a burial church record, you may want to search for birth and death in civil records (1837 and later)
  • Use the information you have found to find the person and families in census records
  • Continue to search the index to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. Note that family members often appear on an individual's records, such as in the role of witnesses to a marriage

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • When looking for an individual with a common name, look at all the search results before deciding which is the correct person
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname
  • Be careful using the listed age on a marriage record to estimate a birth year. Rather than listing actual ages, clerks often wrote in 21 as the age of both the bride and groom to show that they each were of legal age
  • Search the records of nearby locations; Isle of Man to the west, Dumfriesshire, Scotland and Roxburghshire, Scotland to the north, Northumberland and County Durham to the east, and Lancashire and North Yorkshire to the south.
  • Check for other names. An individual might have been listed under a middle name, a nickname, or an abbreviation of their given name
  • Spelling was not standardized for much of the period of this collection, so names were often spelled as scribes heard them. Try searching based on how the name may have been pronounced
  • Vary the search terms. For example, expand the date range or search by either the given name or surname to return a broader list of results
  • The individual might not have records in the Church of England at all, but rather might have belonged to a nonconformist denomination
  • When you search baptismal records, remember that it was not unusual for a child to be baptized weeks or even months after birth
  • Some parish records might have been lost over time. Bishop's Transcripts can also be a good source of information
  • Note that marriages often took place in the parish where the bride resided

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Cornwall.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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