Kendal, Westmorland Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png Westmorland Gotoarrow.pngWestmorland Parishes

Guide to Kendal, Westmorland family history and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Kendal is an ancient parish, possessing the following townships with chapelries within its boundaries:

Parish History

KENDAL (Holy Trinity), a newly-enfranchised borough, a market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, chiefly in Kendal ward, but partly in Lonsdale ward, county of Westmorland. There are places of worship for Baptists, the Society of Friends,Glassites,Independents,Inghamites,Primitive Methodists, Wesleyans, Scottish Seceders, Unitarians, and Roman Catholics. The parish comprises the chapelries of Burneside,Crook, Helsington, Hugil, Old Hutton with Holmescales,Kentmere, Natland, Long Sleddale, Nether and OverStavely, Underbarrow with Bradley-Field, and Winster.[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.

Church records

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

In December 1787 the Westmorland Court of Quarter Sessions commissioned a population survey of the county. Parish constables were ordered to send in returns listing the names and occupations of the members of every household in their constablewick. This census is found in Vital Statistics, The Westmorland "Census' of 1787. This book is available at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. The library call number is British Ref. Area 942.88 X2v.

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 464191.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Westmorland 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.



  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 646-652. Date accessed: 27 July 2012.