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.

Starting to research the history of your area

Before you come in -

  • decide what you want to do - are you interested in the landscape, buildings or people?
  • do your homework - collect as much information as you can about the area from local people.
  • contact your local history society - many towns and villages in Gloucestershire have a local history society which will be able to provide you with local information and links.  You can find information about these societies from the Gloucestershire Local History Association.
  • some local libraries are local and family history centres - see the links on the right hand side.
  • check the Online catalogue - this shows the sources available for your area. 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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