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An extensive list of parish register transcripts and indexes publications is available from the Cumbria Family History Society.
Cumbrian Ancestors, 4th edition
Author:Cumbria Archive Service
An ideal guide for family historians and brought up to date (2014) from the 3rd edition in 1998. This book introduces the Cumbrian records that are the most use for tracing your family tree. With chapters on Cumbrian parish and diocesan records, Cumbrian wills, records of Cumbrian Roman Catholics and Non-Conformists, Cumberland and Westmorland Quarter Sessions records, Poor Law Unions, newspapers and other relevant Cumbrian records. With bibliography and useful addresses. Includes as a bonus a separate reference fold-out map of Church of England parishes in Cumbria.
Fully updated to 2014 with latest information on holdings and coverage of church records, wills etc by each Cumbria Archive Centre and other relevant archives, libraries and websites. AVAILABLE AND POSTING NOW Paperback. 127 pages. 15 x 21 x 0.75 cm.
The diaries of Edward Wadham of Barrow in Furness, 1851-1912 (CD Rom)
Author:Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre
Edward Wadham was born in 1828 in Frenchay, Bristol. He trained as an engineer and worked on the Great Western Railway before moving to the Furness area in 1851 to work for the Duke of Buccleuch as his mining agent. As well as his work for the Duke and other landowners, Wadham was involved with Barrow Borough Council, serving as mayor three times; he was a Justice of the Peace; he took an interest in the local schools and churches and he was a director of a number of local companies. His diaries cover a period in the history of Furness which saw the expansion of the iron and steel industry, the Furness Railway and ship building as well as the growth of Barrow-in-Furness.
This CD ROM contains transcripts of the diaries along with a copy of his letter of appointment, digital images of two plans, details of the Wadham, Ainslie and Roper family histories and a list of other records relating to the Wadham Family held in the Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow.
Christmas in Old Cumbria
Author:By Alan Cleaver and Lesley Park
An ideal stockfiller for the lover of Cumbrian history and lore in your family! How Christmas was spent in the county in days gone by, with tales of mummer plays, rapier dances, carol-singing and ghosts. There is even a Cumbrian toast and a recipe for rum butter!
Paperback with black and white illustrations. 20 pages. 14.5 x 21 cm.
Cleaning up Kendal: a century of sanitary history
Author:Edited by Loraine Ashcroft
ISBN No.:1 897590 11 3
The three surveys of Kendal's public health contained in this publication neatly span the 19th century. They present a fascinating social history of Kendal, illustrating that in terms of its geography and architecture, the town presented a significant challenge to public health.
They comprise A topographical pathology of Kendal and its neighbourhood by Dr Thomas Proudfoot, 1822; Report to the General Board of Health on a preliminary inquiry into the sewerage, drainage and supply of water, and the sanitary conditions of the inhabitants of the Borough of Kendal by George Thomas Clark, 1849; Report on the sanitary condition of Kendal by Dr David Page, 1875.
Paperback. 155 pages. 20.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm.
The diary of a Kendal midwife
Author:Edited by Loraine Ashcroft for the Curwen Archives Trust
ISBN No.:1 897590 06 7
The diary of Elizabeth Thompson, midwife of Kendal, is of enormous value to family historians as it covers a period (1669-1675) when the parish records are missing. Her meticulous entries list the children she delivered day by day. Each entry names the child, the father, the area/house of the family and even the time of the birth.
With index of persons and places. Black and white illustrations.
Paperback. 88 pages. 21 x 15 x 1 cm.
The Rake`s Diary: the journal of George Hilton
Author:Transcribed by Anne Hillman, edited by Loraine Ashcroft
ISBN No.:1 897590 01 6
George Hilton (1673-1725) of Beetham Hall, Westmorland, was a gentleman by birth, a Roman Catholic in faith and a peripheral Jacobite figure who participated in the 1715 rebellion at Preston. His journal points to behaviour worthy of a more scandalous reputation. His entries, covering the period 1700-1705 and 1722-1723, relate of wild drinking sessions, repeated (and often disastrous) bouts of gambling, and his encounters with loose women. The journal also presents a fascinating picture of his social networking with the gentry of South Westmorland and his quest for spiritual fervour and moral probity. Includes pedigrees, transcript of his will and brief biographies of his associates. Fully indexed. Black and white illustrations.
Paperback. 107 pages. 21 x 15 x 1 cm.
Voices from the Archives
Author:Edited by Marian Veevers
A fortune teller who can't speak; a Victorian lady faced with a rather too business-like proposal of marriage; a child of twelve toiling underground, his growth cruelly stunted by the confinement of the mine; a man pressed into the army and turning deserter in his desperation to return to his family; a comfortably-married woman haunted by a guilty secret in her past...these are just a few of the hundreds of fascinating characters to be found among the documents of Cumbria's archives. This collection of new fiction from Cumbrian writers presents their stories accompanied by the original documents which inspired them.
Paperback. 56 pages. 21 x 15 x 0.5 cm.