A primary source of historical information is the humble newspaper and Copeland and its people have been particularly well served in this respect
There were many more papers that were published for periods of less than two years.
The Record Office at Whitehaven has micro-filmed copies of some of these papers, particularly the Whitehaven papers, and there is also a Name and Subject card index for the Cumberland Pacquet newspaper for the years prior to about 1850.
Workington Library has microfilmed copies of the Workington newspapers
Barrow Record Office has microfilmed copies of the Millom newspapers