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. 

Available on all public access PCs in our libraries, free of charge, to all library members.

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.(Please use computers in any of our libraries to access this resource. Unfortunately we are unable to offer this service to users at home)

You can download records in the library, and then access them at home from your account.

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.