COVID 19 (Coronavirus) and the Family History Centre.


We hope to re-open the Family History Room by the beginning of September 2020.

Initially we intend to have  a booking system with a limit of four visitors at any one time to ensure social distancing.

Visitors will be expected to bring their own face coverings.

In the meantime, we will ensure the Family History Room and volunteers are COVID safe.

In addition to this the Library and Book Stall will be out of bounds to visitors.

No money will be taken at the reception desk and no printing will take place however a donation box will be available as usual .

We will do our best to get things back to a new normal a.s.a.p. please bear with us and keep checking our website for latest information, including when and how to book.

David Howells


This Includes the A.G.M. scheduled Aug 1st

However we are maintaining and processing membership renewals, the Help desk and as much of everything else we can that our volunteers can do from home.  You appreciate that things may take a little longer to  action than normal




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