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Paying for research in our archives

Please note that we no longer operate a full Historical Research Service

Our staff are pleased to advise enquirers who are unable to visit our Archive Centres about the records and other resources we hold.  We are able to do specific look-ups and searches of records within our custody. We can do one specific search of not more than 10 minutes duration per customer free-of-charge. We can also do longer searches and provide copies according to the charges given on our Copying Services webpage.

Our staff will be happy to advise if they can carry out search requests but this will vary on a case by case basis and we cannot guarantee to undertake extended research/family history enquiries, or enquiries on sources not held in our Archive Centres.

For more extended research, enquirers may wish to contact a private records researcher to undertake work for a fee on their behalf. We provide the following list of freelance researchers who will carry out research in the Cumbria area. This list is not a recommendation by Cumbria Archive Service and enquirers should make their own arrangements with these private researchers. Cumbria Archive Service neither guarantees the quality nor can be held responsible for any work undertaken by these private researchers.

William Bundred: Batenbush Farm Bungalow Longtown Carlisle CA6 5NW, telephone: 01228 791258, email:
Family history and local history research, especially in the area North of Carlisle. I visit Carlisle Archives weekly.

Jane E. Hamby LHG: 26 Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8DB email:
Family history, local history and house history: a comprehensive genealogical service, searching all types of records; Palaeography and Transcription; Research for legal enquiries: adoption and intestacy; background research for authors; photography. Research also carried out in G.R.O. Indexes.  Covers Kendal Archives, South Lakes, Lancashire and Cheshire.

Mrs Denise A Harman: 12 Wrights Fold, Leyland, Preston, PR25 4HT email:, website:
Family and local history: a comprehensive genealogical service, researching all records held at the respective County Archives and other repositories, including all denominations. English palaeography and transcription: 16th century onwards. Searches for living relatives. Areas covered: Cumbria (Kendal, Carlisle and Barrow), Lancashire and Cheshire.

Sarah King MA (Hons.): 8 Beck Rise, Beckermet, Cumbria CA21 2YN, email:, website
Bespoke research for genealogical, legal and creative purposes. Family history, local history and house histories undertaken. Friendly, full consultations ensure relevant and detailed reports. Copies of documents, (where possible), and handwritten family trees, (when relevant), included. Main area: Whitehaven Archives, West Cumbria. Carlisle Archives on request.

Stuart Nicholson: 31 Cross Lane, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 6TW, email:
Family history and local History, searching all publicly available local records for genealogical and local history enquiries; providing background research in local records for authors. Main area: Whitehaven Archives-West Cumbria (River Derwent to Duddon Bridge). Carlisle Archives on request.

Stephen Wright: 1 Mayfield, Blackwell, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4SS, telephone: 01228 521811, email:
Family, property and all forms of local history in the Carlisle city and the Silloth and Wigton districts, but will cover any part of North Cumbria. Research at hourly rates includes typed report.

Furness/Barrow Area: for details of research please contact Barrow Archives.

Researchers who wish to be added to this list should complete our Feedback form.