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.

We will be closed from Monday 11th December 2017, reopening as Gloucestershire Archives at the Heritage Hub on Tuesday 2nd January 2018. During this time  we will be relocating to the remodelled public space. We hope to keep disruption to our customers at a minimum as this is our least busy time of the year. We look forward to welcoming you to the Heritage Hub in the New Year

Family History Resources

These include our collections of original documents, transcriptions and copies as well as free access to the Ancestry web resource for customers at Gloucestershire Archives and any library.

Customers at Gloucestershire Archives, any library or Gloucestershire Family History Society's Centre can access AncestryOpens new window free of charge or you can subscribe at home via

Customers at Gloucestershire Archives or any library can access Find My Past free of charge while on site.

Sources to get you started

Indexes and Transcripts

  • Genealogical databaseOpens new window including wills and inventories, 1541-1858, the gaol calendars, 1815-1879, parish overseers' settlement papers, pre-1834, and some nonconformist registers, 19th century
  • General index to personal names and other specialist indexes compiled from the cataloguesOpens new window  
  • Indexes and transcripts of some parish registers (on-going)
  • The International Genealogical Index (IGI) compiled by the Latter Day Saints with access to the index on-line for the most up-to-date version

Civil Registration Records

  • General Register Office Index, 1837-1996 (formerly known as the St Catherine's House Index) gives limited information so that a copy of a birth, marriage or death certificate can be obtained from the General Register Office or the Superintendent of the district in which the registration took place

Census enumerators' returns

  • Microfilm copies of the census returns, 1841 - 1901, for the whole of Gloucestershire including Bristol, with street indexes for Gloucester and Cheltenham

Church and chapel registers and bishops transcripts

Probate Records: wills, administrations and inventories

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