Cumbria Archive Service - paid research

Paying for research in our archives

Cumbria Archives no longer operate a full Historical Research Service.

Our staff are pleased to advise you if you can't visit our Archive Centres about the records and other resources we hold.  We can do specific look-ups and searches of records within our custody. We can do one specific search - no longer than 10 minutes per customer free of charge. We can also do longer searches and provide copies - find the costs 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 can't guarantee to undertake extended research/family history enquiries, or enquiries on sources not held in our Archive Centres.

For more extended research, you can contact a private records researcher to undertake work for a fee on your behalf. We have provided a list below of freelance researchers who will carry out research in the Cumbria area. This list is not a recommendation by Cumbria Archive Service and you should make your 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.

If you are a researcher who would like to be added to this list, please complete our Feedback form.

Batenbush Farm Bungalow Longtown Carlisle CA6 5NW, 

Telephone: 01228 791258, 


Family history and local history research, especially in the area North of Carlisle. I visit Carlisle Archives weekly.

26 Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8DB 


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.

12 Wrights Fold, Leyland, Preston, PR25 4HT 


Website: Lancashire Family History Research

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.

(Carole Knight) 14 Higher Bank Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 8PD 


Website: House Historians

Building history: research into history of Lancashire and South Cumbria buildings, the people associated with them, and the area in which they are situated.

1 Castle Cottage, Dobroyd Road, Todmorden, OL14 7JJ, 


Website: Evergreen Ancestry

Family and local history research covering all types of records, 16th-20th centuries. Specialising in Roman Catholic records. Transcription of old documents. 

Areas covered: Kendal and Carlisle Archive Centres, Lancashire and Yorkshire. Associate member of AGRA and member of APG. Higher Certificate in Genealogy.

9 Thrushgill Drive, Halton, LA2 6NN,


Telephone: 07790 932004 

Legal, Land and local history, South Lakeland District Archives. Comprehensive, bespoke and in depth historical and legal research, people searches, wills, probate, land and title searches.

Gordon House, 3-5 Leicester St, Southport, PR9 0ER, 


Website: Anglia Research

Over 30 years of genealogical and property research, for private clients as well as the media and the legal world.

18 Gandy Street, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7AE, 


Website: Westmorland Ancestors

Family history projects, specializing in Westmorland and north Lancashire but also happy to extend research further afield. Access to all specialist local resources, including archives and libraries. A friendly, flexible and reasonably priced service based on experience and expertise.

1 Mayfield, Blackwell, Carlisle, Cumbria CA2 4SS, 

Telephone: 01228 521811, 


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.

For details of research please contact Barrow Archives.