Cumbria County Council runs the Library and Archive
service for Barrow and Furness.
On-line Library Service
Libraries Catalogue: If you are a
registered user of Cumbria Libraries, you can renew items, check
your account and request items online. You'll need your library
card number and password.
Getting a Password: Your library number is
printed on your library membership card. If you don't already know
your password it can be requested in person from your local
library. To ensure protection of your personal data the
Library Service is only able to take requests for a password
Link to the Cumbria Libraries
Interactive Catalogue (CLIC)
Libraries in this area
Link to library locations and opening times on Cumbria CC web
Family History and Local Records
Barrow Borough Council does not hold local records and so
cannot help with Family History enquiries. Sources of
Barrow's Main Record Office
Barrow Record Office and Local Studies Library
140 Duke Street
Sources available at this Record Office include:
- Church of England Parishes
- Nonconformist Churches
- Local Authorities
- Civil Parishes
- Businesses and Industries
- Landed Estates
Furness Family History Society.
Are you looking for an exciting new hobby?
Would you like to get to know your ancestors?
Then join us at our modern and disabled friendly venue, the
Education Room, in The Dock Museum, North Road, Barrow, from
Workshops are held on the Friday following the Monday meeting
at 7pm. These take place from September to April and
include our lending library with reference section, books and
microfiche. Help with research problems and computer
programs, using our own computers is also available. Everyone
Tel 01229 474541.
Family History Centre
The "Family History Centre" may be of use. The centre is open
Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, and is free to members of the
public who wish to find out about or trace their family History. It
is located at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,
Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness (Tel 01229 820050). The Church of
Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints also operates the
Family Search web
giving free access to the 1881 Census as well as
other genealogical record indexes.
The FreeBMD web site
gives free access to transcribed Civil Registration indexes of
births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales.
Local history enquiries, can sometimes be answered by the
i.e. archaeology, industry, social history - not Family
History), but the main area records, and therefore best source of
information, are held at the Records Office
run by Cumbria County
Council as below:
Also of use may be the King's Own Royal Regiment
Museum in Lancaster, that holds substantial archives relating
to the Regiment and to many of the men who served with the King's
Own - especially during the First and Second World Wars.
The National Archives web
site contains records of the UK Government from Domesday
to the present.
Vickers Photographic Archive
Photographic Archive is hosted on the Dock Museum web site. The
images were taken by professional photographers employed by Barrow
Shipyard and span a period of almost a century of work at the Yard
from the 1870s until the 1960s.
The Archive was originally developed as a marketing tool and was
used to illustrate the process and prowess of shipbuilding in
Barrow to prospective clients.
It documents the development of shipbuilding, armament and
engineering production by one of the world's leading companies in
this field and therefore represents a significant asset to British
maritime and industrial heritage.
Cumbria Image Bank
Cumbria Image Bank
is a collection of digital images created using original material
from Cumbria County Council Libraries and Archives Service, as well
as images provided by members of the public.