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.

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

Customers at Gloucestershire Archives or any library can access Find My Past free of charge while on site.

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

Probate Records: wills, administrations and inventories

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