By joining the society not only will you have the excellent 4 times a year newsletter, you will also help to keep going the various initiatives that provide information for anyone looking in to their Cumbrian family history. Why not join now and gain access to the extra information available to members.
Modern Cumbria was formed in 1974 from the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland plus small parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. But the name Cumbria is much more ancient, follow the link to read a short history of the county.
The Society produces a newsletter full of topics relevant to Family History in Cumbria. This is produced 4 times a year and is either distributed as a printed newsletter or an electronic version depending on your subscription. Many articles have been published over the years written by CFHS members on Cumbrian families and research. Whatever your subscription type all new copies of the newsletter are put on line in the Forum for members to be able to download, in addition there are many old issues of the newsletter on line in the Forum and the intention is to get all of them on line over a period of time.
The Margaret Russell library is located in the Carlisle Record Office. It is a library of books mainly donated by Margaret to the Society and they can be used for reference work by any visitor to the Record Office. Please follow the link below to the listing of books that are in the library, please note this is ongoing work so books are added and updates made all the time.
Will all Members please note that their membership dues for 2016 were due on 1st January. If you are not already paying by standing order then you can consider this, alternatively you can pay on line or send a cheque to the Membership Secretary. Please check the Membership page for details of rates and the link if you wish to pay on line. If you do not pay on time you run the risk of your February newsletter being delayed.
We urgently need more Council Members to help keep the society running. We particularly need an Editor for the Newsletter. The task of being a Council Member is not onerous and gives you the opportunity to have your say in the running of the society. If you would like further information or would like to volunteer then please contact the Secretary via the contacts page.
Will all Members please ensure we have email contact details for them. Just click the button below and fill in a simple form to keep our records up to date.
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 produces a quarterly Newsletter, which is sent by post to all members in February, May, August, November. Contributions to the Newsletter are always welcome.
The Publishing programme covers a range of Cumbrian Genealogy topics including the 1851 census for the whole county, Memorial Inscriptions, Carlisle Marriage Bonds, Probate and Burial Indexes, Place names, Strays, and a few Parish Registers transcripts.
Quarterly meetings are held in London for members in the South East. Regular weekend and one day conferences are held in Cumbria. See the activities page or the Notice Board for current details.
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.
The Society is also a Registered Charity in the United Kingdom, No 518393. You can join the Society on line at Membership, annual subscriptions run from January to December each year.
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The Society publishes a number of items and the full details can be seen in the Publications section.
We now stock a number of publications from the Furness Region, check the Publications page for details.
The latest publications are given below.
Burial Index Publications More Burials Index of south Westmorland Parishes
Marriage Bonds Marriage Bonds Carlisle Diocese Vol. 7 & 8 1801 - 1824
Parish Record Ambleside and Grasmere St. Anne and St. Mary
Parish Record Blackford, Rockcliffe and Scalesby
Parish Record Bromfield
Parish Record Burton in Kendal. (St. James) Bap, Bur & Mar 1837-1950
Parish Record Dalton 1813-1837, Walney 1744-1858, Broughton 1634-1720 and 1813-1837 one volume by Lancashire PRS
Parish Record Farlam. The Parish Registers of St. Thomas a Becket, Farlam, Cumberland. 1665-1837
Parish Record Grayrigg and Selside
Parish Record Kendal, Holy Trinity. Burials, about 35,000 entries covering 1679-1832 with other years included.
Parish Record Middleton in Lunesdale with burial register Firbank and Killington
The Society is in the process of becoming an affiliate of several organisation such as the British Newspaper Archive. This allows us to earn commission from subscriptions and pay as you go credits without any cost to the subscriber. So if you are planning to take out a new subscription or buy pay as you go credits for any on line access then please check if we have a link on our Links page and subscribe that way.
Are the latest posted topics in the forum. If you are not a member of the forum then why not join now, basic membership is free to anyone. If you are a society member you can upgrade free to get all facilities. You need to be registered to view the forum.
Events due in the next two months:
16th September 2016
8th October 2016
15th October 2016
We have a parish map based on the parishes in Cumbria in the middle of the 19th Century. From this map you can get to information about the parish as well as IGI records for that parish and the details of the parish records that are with the Cumbria Archive.
You can visit the Cumbria Country History Trust website for details of most towns and villages in Cumbra. Please note that clicking on this link will take you to a website external to this CFHS website.
There is a research section which can be accessed using the top menu bar on any page or the button below. This has a section for help newcomers get started and includes some sample forms that can be downloaded and printed to help you get started. It also includes some more advanced research help in how to use available records and for members who are logged in there is access to several areas with electronic copies of publications in the Forum area.
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