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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

Ravenstonedale Data

Coming soon:

  • 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 I can get up to Cumbria to transcribe them!

  • lists of Voters

  • transcriptions of parish Customs - which greatly affected the way our ancestors lived

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!


Early dates

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.

The Great End Book of Ravenstonedale page

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 between 1651 and 1837

  • 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)

  • 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

The MANORIAL 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)