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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 at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018 to move into the newly refurbished Heritage Hub. We will be reopening at 9.00 am on 13 March 2018.

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 Ancestry.co.uk.

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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