There is likely to be a delay in responding to archive and research queries as we are prioritising essential work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can still make a request as outlined below, but please be patient and we will respond as soon as we can. Providing as much detail as possible in your request will help us respond more quickly.
We keep paper burial registers for all of our cemeteries, you can ask us to search the registers. There is information on how to contact churches for their registers.
You can also find a wide range of family research information from the Cumbria Archive Service. There is information on war graves and about online research catalogues.
The Burial Registers for all our eight cemeteries are stored in the Bereavement Services Office in Kendal, together with plans showing the layout of all graves. The registers are not computerised yet, but are all indexed by name and date of burial.
It can be very time consuming checking for several entries so it is essential that you have a full name and reasonably accurate date of death before a search is carried out. We will be pleased to check the registers when you are able to supply these details, but please note that if you require us to carry out a general search without dates, a fee may be payable.
We do not hold any records of burials in churchyards in the district. These are usually available by contacting the Minister in charge of the church, although older registers may have been lodged at the Cumbria County Archives.
Cumbria Archive Service
Cumbria Archive Service care for parish registers, other church records, wills, electoral registers, maps and plans, poor law records, title deeds, and photographs.
The archives of many families, businesses, local authorities, solicitors, societies and schools are also deposited in its Record Offices.
The service has record offices in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven and can help you answer questions about your family history.
You can locate the graves of the war dead in our district using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission online search.