Closure of Carlisle Record Office

5 Apr

The bad news is that Carlisle Record Office will be closing on the 29th April 2010. The good news is that it will be re-opening in January 2011 (if all goes according to plan) in a new building.

When I read the news I was a bit annoyed, not by the closure, these things happen and it is surely for the best in the long run.

No, I was annoyed at myself. I have been saying for months that I was going to go to the Carlisle Record Office and pursue my KINGHORN ancestors. Now I have just under four weeks to make it happen or I will have to wait until next year.

So, I have to make a very quick decision and if I decide to go I will need to do a lot of preparation and research. I am not even sure what I expect to find there. I don’t even believe that Thomas KINGHORN came from Carlisle (I think he was originally from London, but that is another story) and I am not even sure that he spent much time in Carlisle.

There are a few parish register entries that I need to check, but that could be done at one of the other libraries that will be providing access to some of the resources. What I am really interested in is finding records of taxes and rates, that might tell me when Thomas was actually in Carlisle.

So as hard as it may be for me, I am going to have to make a decision, either to visit Carlisle or to put this particular part of my research on hold for the rest of the year.

4 Responses to “Closure of Carlisle Record Office”

  1. letterstolife April 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    Hello –

    I apologize if this is totally off base, but which Carlisle records office is closing? Is this in the US? PA?

    Thank you! And good luck with your search!

    PS – have you seen “Who do you think you are?” on NBC?

  2. John Gasson April 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    I probably should have made it clearer, it is Carlisle in Cumbria, England.

    No I haven’t seen the NBC version, will wait until it arrives in the UK later in the year.

  3. jesm87 April 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Congratulations you are Ancestor Approved…

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    • John Gasson April 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

      Thanks for the Award Jenny. I never find passing these awards on an easy task, but give me a day or two to think about it!

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