More opportunities to visit the FH Centre


Booking to come to the Family History Centre

We’re delighted that we’re able to re-open the Family History Centre and welcome back researchers after so long.

More opportunities to visit the Family History Centre Following the successful re-opening of the Family History Centre in September, now we’re increasing the number of days each week you can visit the Centre.

From 6 October the Centre will open on Tuesday and Wednesday (morning and afternoon) and Thursday (morning only) each week.

We’re still operating a booking system and can’t accommodate researchers without a confirmed booking. So please contact us using the form below to reserve a place and give us at least 3 days notice.

We’ve made some changes in the Centre which have all been designed to comply with the current legal requirements and keep everyone, researchers and volunteers alike, safe in these difficult times.

Please check our website and social media to keep up-to-date  .

Please Read Our New Procedures First

COVID Procedures for visitors at GFHS

How to Book

  • You can book a 2 hour slot at GFHS Family History Centre
  • You can book Morning 10-30 to 12-30 or Afternoon  13-30 to 15-30  (Not Thursday Afternoons)
  • Please enter and submit your details on the form below

You will receive an e-mail from us confirming your slot please allow 3  clear working days for us to process your booking.

Gloucester Archives

If it is your intention to book a slot at Gloucestershire Archives please note this will have to be done separately go to for further information

Note it may not be possible to have a slot on the same day and moving from GFHS to GA or GA to GFHS will not be possible without prior booking.


Books and Genealogy material for sale

PLEASE NOT PLEASE MAKE A DONATION PLUS THE STATED Postage and follow the instructions to obtain, many new items added on this list.GFHSfreemybooksetc17.7.2020 (1)

Free Access to Gloucestershire Records

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
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
You can access the records here:

Saturday Opening

Saturday Opening 9am – 4pm

The Family History Centre will now manned on the first Saturday of each month commencing October 2019 for a 6 month trial. 

It will be reviewed again then subject to attendance figures. 

Gloucestershire BMD Website

We are pleased to report that the BMD site now allows you to enter a Year, It will automatically search Plus or Minus 2 years and display the registration district. <CLICK for More Information

40th Anniversary Celebration

A very successful event with 250+ visitors photographs to follow.

Australian Born Men who joined the ANZACS


Click Here

Reopened on Tuesday 3rd April

Photos Taken 04/04/2018



We look forward to seeing you at the new centre, Things are still being sorted out but to give you a taster.  Pictures taken during move.


This post updated 01/04/2018

Revised War Memorials Transcribed by GFHS

A revised list of all War Memorials Transcribed by GFHS members as

at 19/02/2017 is now available.

Isle of Man Burial Strays

Thanks to Roger Christian IOMFHS

Strays from St Germans Cathedral, Peel Castle, St Peter’s Churchyard, Peel Wesleyan Chapel, & Peel Town Cemetery