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Free online access to millions of Gloucestershire’s historic records


Gloucestershire Archives have been working with Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, to provide the public with free access to digital records until the Heritage Hub re-opens.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gloucestershire Archives closed their doors to the public for the first time in 80 years, meaning customers have been unable to access digitised copies of Gloucestershire records free of charge. Now, Gloucestershire Archives and Ancestry are giving the public free access to millions of Gloucestershire records.

The records give details about the lives of millions of people across the county over a period of 450 years, and are a valuable source of information for anyone interested in finding out more about relatives who lived in Gloucestershire, or who want to discover fascinating stories about the past.

The resources available online include:

  • Wills and inventories (lists of belongings at the time of death) of local people dating from Tudor to Victorian times
  • Parish registers for baptisms, marriages, burials and confirmations
  • Records of prisoners in the county gaol and houses of correction (1728-1914)
  • Land tax assessments (1713-1833)
  • Electoral registers (1832-1974)

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member responsible for Archives, said, “Gloucestershire Archives play a very important role in documenting, keeping and sharing the history of our county, so I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to find a way for people to continue using some of the great resources that are available while the Heritage Hub is closed.”

You can access the records here:

Please note: To access records on the Ancestry website, you will need to ‘sign up’ and create a free account. You will then be able to access Gloucestershire records for free. If you would like to view records related to other locations, you will need to pay for these, in the normal way.

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