Coronavirus update

We’re pleased to welcome pre-booked researchers and volunteers.   Please see details of our new arrangements on our Preparing to Visit page.

You will need to book your documents in advance.

Gloucestershire Family History Society will re-open in September for pre-booked visits.

If you're not able to make it in, have a look at Gloucestershire Heritage Hub for ideas and links to help you #ExploreYourArchiveAtHome.

Access to Gloucestershire resources on Ancestry for free

While Gloucestershire Libraries and Gloucestershire Family History Society’s research rooms are closed to the public during the Covid-19 pandemic, customers have been unable to access digitised copies of Gloucestershire records free of charge. We’ve been working with Ancestry and can now provide free access to Gloucestershire’s digitised resources until they can welcome you back. Please use this link to access them.

Finding archives relating to South Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Archives provides an archives service for South Gloucestershire Council.

We hold many original documents relating to South Gloucestershire and you can use them in our public research room. Bristol ArchivesOpens new window also holds South Gloucestershire-related archive material, which is different from the material in Gloucestershire Archives' collections. 

You can check the whereabouts of particular records before you visit by checking the  guide to sources for South Gloucestershire (also available by clicking on "A guide to archive sources for the history of South Gloucestershire" in the download section to the right). The guide is arranged by place and subject, and gives a brief description of the records, their reference number and location. You can then use the reference number in the online catalogues for Gloucestershire Archives and Bristol Archives to find out more about the records.

You can also  download a list of items held at the Yate and District Heritage Centre.

Please have a look at our Preparing to Visit page if you'd like to view any original documents at Gloucestershire Archives.  Amongst other things, this explains how you can have your  documents ready and waiting for you as soon as you arrive.

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