Cumbria Libraries - Local Studies and Family History


Discover your family history and build a family tree with the world's largest genealogy website. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more. 

Find my Past

Full access to England, Wales and Scotland census records, easy-to-search birth, marriage and death records, the UK's largest collection of parish records, historical British newspapers and much more.

Cumbria Libraries are offering free access to Find My Past from home whilst libraries are closed for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis

If you want to start your family journey into the past, or carry on from where you left off, please email your library with your name and library membership number, and we will get back to you with the login details.

This is a concession by the resource provider, who has altered the licensing terms for the duration of the national period of closure. Once libraries open again, Find My Past will revert to being in-library use only

Explore - FMP
Be guided through some vital points in research, from getting started to understanding the 'Hints' feature.

Access a 20 minute video with resident Findmypast family historian Myko Clelland for some extra techniques to get the most from your family tree.

A step-by-step video guide about how to get started with the 1939 Register is also available on YouTube

Read about the making of the 1939 Register and watch a fascinating video on the significance of this register.

Keep up to date with the latest news from Find My Past through the accompanying blog.

image bank

Cumbria Image Bank is a collection of digital images created using original material from Cumbria County Council Libraries and Archives. You can view 25,000 images dating back to the mid eighteenth century covering the whole of Cumbria.

Cumbria Libraries provides access to digital media from a range of providers. Use of these services are subject to the provider's terms and conditions.  

Cumbria Libraries accepts no responsibility for materials accessed from the provider. 

Parents or guardians are responsible for guiding young people in their use of these services whether these are accessed on the internet or apps.