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First Saturday of the month

Remember we'll be open on the first Saturday of the month between 9.00am and 4.30pm! Please remember to prebook your documents as usual. There's plenty to do - see our news page for details of exciting events planned for the day.

Gloucestershire Family History Society closed 20/02/2020

Sorry for the short notice but due to the bad weather the Thursday Gloucestershire Family History Society volunteers are unable to get in. Hopefully the GFHS will be open again on Friday. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Starting your house history

Before you come in -

  • do your homework - collect as much information as you can about the house from old deeds and local people. Find out whether it had ever had a different use such as a school or chapel because this can affect the types of records that you use.
  • ask a local expert - many towns and villages in Gloucestershire have a local history society so someone might have already investigated the history of your house.  You can find information about these societies from the Gloucestershire Local History Association.
  • read a book - there are several books about house history that will give you information about the range of sources that can help you find out about your house.
  • go on a course.
  • decide what you want to do - do you want to find out when your house was built or do you want to try to discover who lived there before you?  You can research both!
  • 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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