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.

Accessing digital material

What are digital archives?

Gloucestershire Archives continues to collect and preserve material relating to Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire that is 'born digital'. That means there is no paper or physical version of the information, only the digital version stored on a hard drive or CD-ROM.

How do I know if something is in digital format?

Most digital material is identified as such in our Online catalogue so you'll know what format the material is in.

What if I want to use it?

We use our SCAT (Scat is Curation And Trust) tool to 'package' digital archives as 'GAip' (Gloucestershire Archives Ingest Package) files. These files are then stored in our dedicated digital archive. If you would like to consult digital material we will need to make an access copy available. This may take up to five working days.

The Data Protection Act (2018), the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and other legislation applies to digital records and access to digital records may be restricted by the terms of the deposit or donation.

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