Building works affecting Gloucestershire Archives

We currently have builders on site. Before your visit, please check the latest information about opening hours and parking. You will need to order your documents before you visit.

Christmas & New Year opening hours

Good news! The Archives will remain open until 4.30 pm on Thursday 21 December 2017 when we will close for the Christmas break. We will re-open at 9.00 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

We will be closing for two weeks to move into the newly refurbished Heritage Hub in the new year. We will announce the firm dates as soon as we have them.

Starting your family history

  • do your homework - collect as much information from relatives, family papers and old photos as you can so that you have a name, place and approximate date to start from. 
  • don't worry if you can't find out much - often we can help you to get started.  You can also spend time with one of our Searchroom Buddies - Contact us to make an appointment.
  • decide what you want to do - do you want to trace the male line or both sides of your family?  It is better to concentrate on one branch of the family at a time.
  • bring details of all the information you have - it can include a clue you hadn't realized.
  • read a book - there are many guides to tracing family history that will give you basic information about sources to help you, and show you how to organize your work.
  • get organized - you can find information in a wide variety of sources so you need to keep careful notes of what you find and where you found it.  It is important to make a note of all the sources you check, even if you don't find any useful information in them.
  • check the Online catalogue - this shows the sources available for your area.  Most of our parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) are available on self-service microform so you can use them immediately.  If you find references to original documents you would like to see you can pre-order them so they are ready for you when you arrive.

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