Online Catalogues and Indexes


A2A (Access to Archives)

Hosted by The National Archives, A2A allows you to search for material held by archives in England:

A list of A2A collections now available through CASCAT is available here (opens as pdf.)


British Theses

Search over 380,000 UK doctoral theses via the British Library:


Common Land

Summary data available on searchable online database at:


Cumberland and Westmorland Family History Society


Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

The Society's website includes an index of articles in CWAAS Transactions and links to useful websites:


Cumbria Archive Service Catalogue (CASCAT)

Provides details of holdings at the four Archive Centres in Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven:

A guide to using CASCAT is available here (opens as pdf.).

A list of A2A collections now available through CASCAT is available here (opens as pdf.)

The catalogues of Quarter sessions records can be accessed through:

For detailed lists of records of individual schools see and for School Board records, see  

The catalogues of diocesan records held by CAS can be accessed through:

Lists of records for nonconformist denominations held by CAS can be accessed through:



Cumbrian Manorial Records

The Cumbrian Manorial Records website aims to provide practical guidance to users of manorial records, particularly in Cumbria.


Cumbria Newspapers

The British Library's list of Cumbrian Newspapers held in Cumbria Archives. This document was derived from 'Newspan: report of the Newsplan project in the Northern Region October 1987 - September 1988 (London: British Library, 1989).


Historic Environment Record

The Heritage Gateway website ( provides searchable access to (inter alia) Lake District National Park Historic Environment Record and the National Monuments Record (which can also be searched by place at


Manorial Documents Register

The Manorial Documents Register (MDR) allows an online search for the location of all manorial documents relating to specific manors:


TNA Catalogue

Search the ‘E179’ database for taxation records in TNA, which include Lay Subsidies, Poll Tax and Hearth Tax: