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Re: Burial of Matthew Hiley 1780-1854 by Petra Mitchinson 25-11-2023

Re: Burial of Matthew Hiley 1780-1854 by cumbrfhs 24-11-2023

Burial of Matthew Hiley 1780-1854 by chiley 24-11-2023

Re: GRAVES family in Morland and Kings Meaburn by MarkGilby 21-11-2023

Re: GRAVES family in Morland and Kings Meaburn by MarkGilby 21-11-2023

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Margaret Russell Library

The Margaret Russell library is a collection of books that can be used for reference work by any visitor to the Carlisle 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.

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Cumbria County History Trust

You can visit the Cumbria Country History Trust website for historic details of most towns and villages in Cumbria.

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This version of the Society website is coming to the end of its life. We owe its creator John Steel a tremendous debt of gratitude for all the expertise , time and effort that he has put into developing and maintaining this site. THANK YOU JOHN.

A new version of the Cumbria Family History Society website will be launched in mid December 2023.
It will have the same address, so you shouldn't need to modify your bookmarks or favorites.
But changes that will be apparent to you include:

* The present version will be frozen very soon for all new transactions and postings, so If you wish to purchase publications, or renew your membership for 2024 using this site, it is recommended that you do so immediately
* There may be a period of a few hours or days after the launch of the new system is launched, when you may not be able to see either version. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

David Huddart, Webmaster, Cumbria FHS


The Society has purchased an archive of an old solicitors practice in the Carlisle area which contains various deeds, wills and other legal documents. An index can be searched by clicking on the bar below. When you find documents you can now buy either a copy or the original.


The 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 produces a quarterly Newsletter, which is sent by post to all members in March, June, September and December. 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.


The Society publishes a number of items and the full details can be seen in the Publications section.

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All parish data in one convenient location. You can use the parish map to find data for each parish, including a description of the parish and the facility to search the IGI directly using the batch numbers for that parish. Details of records held by the county archive are available. Members have an area to display thier interests for each parish to others and a private area to keep notes about any parish.


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The Newsletter is published four times a year and as well as many articles about Cumbrian Families it contains details of past events, forthcoming events, book reviews, members interests and other letters from members.

As a member you will not only receive the newsletter in either printed or electronic form, you have access via the Forum to all past issues of the Newsletter that contain a wealth of information on Cumbrian Family History. Check out the Newsletter section of the website to see what the current issue contains.

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