Family research

How to request information from our burial registers, and other useful resources.

Burial registers

Burial registers for all our cemeteries are stored in your local bereavement services office, 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 is important to at least have the full name and reasonably accurate date of death before beginning a search. Use the details below to arrange a visit.

We can search records on your behalf, but a fee is payable for this service.

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 Archives.

Request a burial record search by following the links below:

Cumbria Archive Service

Cumbria Archive Service are responsible 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.

War graves

You can locate the graves of the war dead in our district using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission online search

Other resources