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Cumbria - is an area of outstanding natural beauty with the Lake District National Park at its heart. The county was created in 1974 following Government boundary changes, with the merging of Cumberland & Westmorland, part of Yorkshire and the area known as 'Lancashire North of the Sands' -  also known as Furness. The move created much confusion. The Government at that time stated that the "new counties" were administrative areas only, and that the geographic boundaries of traditional counties such as Lancashire had not been changed. Unfortunately, the media refer to these administrative areas all too frequently and ignore the fact that places such as Barrow-in-Furness, Ulverston, etc. are still in Lancashire. If administrative areas had not been called counties much of this confusion would have been avoided.  For more information, check out the website of:

The Friends Of Real Lancashire

The main industry today is tourism, with shipbuilding continuing in Barrow-in-Furness. Some woodland industries such as coppicing still survive.  WH Wakefield opened the first gun powder mills in Cumbria, at Sedgwick near Kendal in 1764. Gunpowder production ceased in the county in 1937.  The famous copper mines at Coniston have long since closed, but slate is still worked in the area by the Burlington Slate Company, which ships it all over the world.  Before the coming of roads, Furness was a wild & inaccessible region. Travellers had to cross the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay on foot. Many were drowned by swift tides or swallowed up in quicksand. In the 14th Century, the Prior of Cartmel was concerned with the safety of his monks so he obtained permission from the Crown to appoint an official guide to the Kent Sands. The monks of Conishead Priory in Furness appointed a guide to the Leven Estuary, and both these offices are still maintained today by the Duchy of Lancaster.

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  Mailing Lists of Interest

    UK-ULVERSTON-FHS   -   A mailing list, sponsored by Ulverston's Heritage First!, for anyone with a genealogical or historical
        interest in the Furness area of England.  ( Additional information on this area can be found on the Heritage First! website)
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   CUMBERLAND -  A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the
       county of  Cumberland, England. To subscribe, send the word "Subscribe" (without the
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    ENG-WESTMORLAND  -  A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in
       the county of Westmorland, England.  To subscribe, send the word "Subscribe" (without the
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    LANCSGEN. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the county of
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Genuki      -    is a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK & Ireland

Local Links
  • CumberlandGenWeb
  • WestmorlandGenWeb
  • LancashireGenWeb
  • Cumbria Archive Service
  • Cumbria Manorial Records
  • Ulverston's Heritage First! History Group
  • Furness Family History Society
  • Cumbria Family History Society
  • Cumbria Industrial History Society
  • Roland Grigg's Parish Registers 
  • Images of Cumbria       -      Steve Bulman
  • The Cotton Mills at Cark-in-Cartmel Les Gilpin
  • The History of Wilson House Furnace  -   once the site of one of Cumbria's  ironworks
  • Ducksbury Genealogy (Kendal)   -   Paul Ducksbury
  • The Cumbria Directory   -   traveler's guide to Cumbria & the Lake District
  • Holiday guide to Cumbria and the Lake District
  • Familia: Cumbria  -  a web-based directory of family history resources held in public libraries in the UK and Ireland
  • Cumbria Heritage Services
  • Guide to 20th Century Defence Architecture in Cumbria - Russell W Barnes
  • Cumbria County Council
  • The Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society
  • Welcome to the Border Reivers
  • Uldale on the Internet   -    Darrel Swift
  • Cragg of Keswick   -   David Cragg
  • The WasdaleWeb   - for the Wasdale valley and surrounding area
  • Whitehaven:  Then & Now   -   Sean Duffy
  • Links for the city of Carlisle
  • The village of Arlecdon
  • Cumberland Look-Up Exchange
  • The Ostle Family History Website   -   Peter Ostle
  • Barnfather Central   -   Lee Cognetta
  • Cumbrian Railways Association
  • Official Lake District Information Site
  • LakesNet  -    internet guide to the Lake District
  • Virtual Cumbria   -   the very best that Cumbria and the English Lake District has to offer
  • Carlisle History  -  including a surname index for Carlisle cemetery
  • Ferguson Genealogy   -   Ancestors of Ron Ferguson


    General Links
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Public Record Office / The National Archives
  • The Story of Workhouses     -   * excellent site *
  • Digital Library of Historical Directories
  • Free BMD ( Births, Marriages & Deaths Database)
  • The IGI
  • FreeCEN  -  The UK Census Online
  • 1901 Census OnLine
  • Guide to using the English Census
  • Census Enumerators' Books - A brief introduction
  • FreeREG   -   ( Parish Records database)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission   -  database of the Commonwealth soldiers who died in the two world wars
  • The World War Two Memories Project
  • National Service Memoirs
  • Trials of Jacobite prisoners captured after the 1745 Rebellion
  • Monumental Inscriptions On Line
  • Cheshire Wills OnLine Database
  • Cyndi's List
  • Obituary Look-Ups
  • Internet Library of Earl Journals
  • English Heritage
  • The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
  • Ancestral Portraits






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