the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale project
our project page on the Family Tree DNA website
more parish register transcripts (additional years and possibly some other collections)
lists of tenants in 1541, 1560 and 1568 tenancy rolls - and later years when Kendal Records Office reopens and I can get up to Cumbria to transcribe them!
lists of Voters
transcriptions of parish Customs - which greatly affected the way our ancestors lived
As every family history researcher knows, BMD and Census information forms the basis of our research - particularly when building your family tree. However, it is important to be aware of the high level of nonconformism in Ravenstonedale, as you may need to search records from several sources. You can read more about religion in Ravenstonedale on this page of my Adamthwaite Archive.
Ravenstonedale Parish Church (St Oswalds) - so far I have only transcribed the first 100 years of marriages, but gradually I hope to add baptisms and burials. There is also a link to an index of gravestones.
All data is presented in pdf format - I strongly advise against printing any of the larger spreadsheets, as I am continually adding further details and corrections - check back often to see what new data has been added! As we reconstruct more family trees, I will also be marking up all the spreadsheets to show in which family trees individuals appear and identifying the individuals concerned with names of parents/spouses, etc.
You can SEARCH the spreadsheets using the search tool on your Adobe browser, however, remember that the transcriptions record the spelling that was used on the original document - which sometimes varies considerably from entry to entry and from the way the surname may be spelt nowadays!
It is also important to take account of the fact that before September 1752, the Julian Calendar was in use in England. Under this system, the new year began on Lady Day (25th March) rather than on 1st January as it does with the Gregorian Calendar. Some records indicate this by identifying dates between 1st jan and 25 mar thus "22 February 1641/2". You can read more about the switch on this document.
Cumbria Archives holds three copies of the original End Book: I have only started to enter a few transcriptions so far, but do take a look to see what is there so far.
This is the collection I am most excited about, as the more I transcribe, the more I realise just how unique our parish was! I hold digital copies of all three volumes, and I am adding transcriptions from the various copies on this page as I complete them - check back regularly to see what is there!
The MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS page contains a range of records that can add colour and detail to our research. This page includes:
Ravenstonedale Wills and Probate records - a list of over 800 Wills and Administrations for people who lived in the parish from around 1700-1890
Apprenticeship Registers - for young men and women from Ravenstonedale apprenticed between 1543 and 1837; the spreadsheet also includes Masters from Ravenstonedale
Taxation Records - including the Lay Subsidy Roll from 1379 and later rolls for 1610, 1624 and 1625; Land Tax records from 1798; Hearth Tax (1669 and 1674) and Window Tax (1777)
Names in the Kendal Rent Book of 1842
People of Influence in the Manor - currently this section provides a list of the Clergy at St Oswalds and a list of teachers at the Grammar School
Pupils at Sedbergh School with Ravenstonedale connections
Quakers in Ravenstonedale - You will find some information about Quakers on the ALDERSON family page, and you may be interested to visit this page of the Adamthwaite Archive which also includes some background information about Quakers and Dissenters, as well as a link to a resource to help you locate any of your own Quaker ancestors whose Wills were included in a wonderful article in the C&WA&AS Transactions
The MANORIAL & DIOCESAN DOCUMENTS page contains information extracted from a range of records held at the Cumbria Archives, so far you will find transcriptions of:
The Grant of the Manor of Ravenstonedale to the Priory of Watton by Torphin (before 1200)
Privileges granted to the Manor of Ravenstonedale by King Henry III (1225)
Articles of Agreement between the Lord of the Manor and the tenants of Ravenstondale concerning the use of Woods and Underwoods (1592)
Two Glebe Terriers for the parish of Ravenstonedale (for ~1704 and 1749) reproduced by kind permission of the Bishop of Carlisle!
Academic papers about Ravenstonedale available online
The following papers are all published in the Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, which recently made all of its Transactions available online on its website Cumbria Past, back to 1874. If you have an interest in the many archaeological discoveries in and around Ravenstonedale, visit their website, as there are many more publications that will interest you!
The following articles are more likely to be of interest to those with ancestors who lived in the parish before the 18th century:
Thomas first Lord Wharton's parks at Ravenstonedale and Wharton, R W Hoyle, TCWAAS, vol 95 (1995), pp 111-118
The Decline of the Cumbrian Yeoman Ravenstonedale: a case study, Arthur H Duxbury, TCWAAS, vol 94 (1994), pp201-214
Wealth and the Standard of Living in Ravenstonedale, 1691-1840, Arthur Duxbury, TCWAAS, vol 85 (1985), pp 219-228