Dalton in Furness, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

Dalton in Furness St Mary was an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Dalton Proper, Hawcoat, Ireleth, Lindale and Martin, North Scale, Barrow in Furness, Roa Island, Yarlside, Above Town, Above Town Division, and Roa.

Dalton is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the townships forming the Manor of Hougun held by Earl Tostig.Historically, it was the capital of Furness. The ancient parish of Dalton covered the area which is now occupied by the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness. The town is now in the civil parish of Dalton Town with Newton. Historically a part of Lancashire, the town is associated with a number of famous artists and since 1974 has been part of Cumbria..

Dalton with Newton Town Council was the first corporate member of the Friends of Real Lancashire, an organisation dedicated to recognising the traditional county boundaries of Lancashire.

Dalton Castle is a 14th-century peel tower situated in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. It was constructed by the monks of Furness Abbey for the protection of the nearby market town, and was the building from which the Abbot administered the area and dispensed justice.

"DALTON-IN-FURNESS St Mary, a market town and a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 5 miles southwest of Ulverston,  containing, with the port (and chapelry) of Barrow, the chapelries of Ireleth, Ramsyde, and Walney, and the townships of Yarleside and Hawcoat". A Church of England chapel was also built at Roose, a Welsh settlement, built by subscription by the year 1845.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/


Church records

Online Records

Dalton-in-Furness Parish has some parish registers data content available online as well as for its smaller attached chapelries, at the following web sites and for the following years:

FS = Family Search.org
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC = Ancestry.co.uk
CBMD = CumbriaBMD.org.uk

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1565-1691 1565- 1691 None
LOPC 1689-1871 1565-1857 1565-1871
AC 1565-1691 1565-1691 1565-1691
BARROW IN FURNESS Chapelry (1841) Indexes
Baptisms  Marriages Burials
FS 1841-1899 1841-1902 None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
BARROW ST JOHN Chapelry (1876) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1876-1896 None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None
IRELETH Chapelry (1745) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
AC 1754-1784  1745-1753 None
CBMD 1874-2005 None 1874-2005
RAMPSIDE Chapelry (1836) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None 
CBMD None 1888-2005 None
WALNEY Chapelry (1745) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS None None None
LOPC None None None
AC None None None

Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 306915.

Poor Law Unions

Ulverston Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1.  A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 4-8. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50913  Adapted. Date accessed: 29 June 2010.