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.
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
- Registers of many of the parishes in the diocese of Gloucester with bishops transcripts (contemporary diocesan copies of the registers). A list of parish registers can be found here.
- Registers of many of the nonconformist chapels in Gloucestershire. A list of these can be found in the Non-conformist Records Guide
Probate Records: wills, administrations and inventories
- Wills and administrations proved in the Diocese of Gloucester, 1541-1858, and wills proved in the Gloucester Probate Court, 1858-1941, and Gloucestershire Inventories, 1587-1800