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.

Non-conformist Records Guide

A list of the key records we hold for non-conformist churches and chapels.

This is a list of the key records we hold for non-conformist churches and chapels. This includes registers of baptism, marriage and burial along with church rolls, minutes, Sunday school records and much more. The guide should be used alongside the online catalogue to find further records relating to each church.


The county is divided up into 8 volumes. Within each volume the guide is sorted by place name (except the Gloucester and Cheltenham volumes which are sorted by denomination).The volumes are:


Volume 1:  Gloucester [558kb]Opens new window                              

Volume 2:  Cheltenham [468kb]Opens new window             

Volume 3:  Stroud Valley [831kb]Opens new window         

Volume 4: Severn Vale (not created yet)                            

Volume 5: North Cotswolds (not created yet)       

Volume 6: South Cotswolds (not created yet)      

Volume 7: Forest of Dean (not created yet)                                   

Volume 8: South Gloucestershire (not created yet)                                


Volume 9 contains a list of non-Gloucestershire places for which we have non-conformist records (not created yet)

Volume 10 is a Denomination and Place Name index, together with a map showing the areas covered by each volume. Please use this index to find the volume you need (not created yet).


For more information about non-conformist records please see the introduction [258kb] to this guide.

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