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.

Cinderford Local and Family History Centre

For anyone who wants to know about past and present life in the Forest of Dean.

Books

  • Wide range of books and pamphlets about Cinderford and the Forest of Dean area
  • Victoria County History Forest of Dean volume
  • Standard histories of Gloucestershire

Newspapers and periodicals

  • Dean Forest Mercury on microfilm from 1881 to 2007. Some gaps exist - please check the newspaper list for holdings 
  • The New Regard (Journal of the Forest of Dean Local History Society) 1985 - date
  • Index to births deaths & marriages mentioned in the Dean Forest Mercury in the 1890's

Maps

  • Copies of tithe maps of a selection of parishes in the Forest of Dean
  • Maps and plans of Cinderford and the Forest of Dean area from the 1880s to the 1990s, including Ordnance Survey maps at 25 inches to the mile/1:2500 on microfiche and 6 inches to the mile/1:10,000

Directories 

  • Cinderford directories
  • County directories on microfiche, 1820 to 1939

Forest of Dean Societies

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