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Ravenstonedale DNA project

Ravenstonedale DNA project

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the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale  project

our project page on the Family Tree DNA website

about Ravenstonedale

Ravenstonedale is a mainly rural parish located in the old County of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria).


Click on the maps to open larger images - the Westmorland map was created by the geographer Herman Moll in 1724 and the town of Ravenstonedale is shown as 'Russendale', which is how it was often written (and how it was pronounced) (both maps are from the David Rumsey collection)


The circles located just north of Ravenstonedale and near to Wharton Hall on the 1724 map show the locations of Lord Wharton's parks.


To discover more about the history of Ravenstonedale, I thoroughly recommend that you read Rev. W Nicholls' 'History and Traditions of Ravenstonedale Westmorland', the original version of volume 1 is available online at archive.org or you can order a copy of the reprinted version from Books Cumbria.


There is also a second volume of this book which is not yet available online (I managed to buy a copy on ebay, where you occasionally find more copies for sale - check it is Volume II with the green cloth cover before buying as they are expensive!)


I am gradually adding more documents describing life in the dale in the Resource Section.

map of England
map of Westmoreland

Old photos of Ravenstonedale

village looking north in about 1872 comp village looking south compressed high chapel compressed towards the Black Swan comp P1000143 comp back lane 1 comp

Talks at the Ravenstonedale Parish History Group

If you are lucky enough to live in the area, find out about talks presented at the Ravenstonedale Parish History Society on their webpage.  Many of these talks feature the history of particular old Ravenstonedale families.