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: