About The Society

Chairman’s Welcome

  • Visit the Family History Centre to use our research facilities which include free access to Ancestry, Find My Past: The Genealogist and Deceased on Line. Get advice from knowledgeable volunteers or browse our extensive library of world wide interest.

  • Come to regular Branch Meetings in Gloucester,  or the Forest of Dean

  • Visit our Shop which has many books, transcriptions and CDs of local history & interest for sale.

  • Join Us and become one of our friendly community of researchers who receive quarterly Journals and access to local search registers via our search services service.

The Gloucestershire Family History Society (GFHS) is a self-help organisation manned by volunteers helping all to research their ancestors and the background against which they led their lives in Gloucestershire and beyond.

We hope you enjoy your researching with us.

David Howells, Acting Chairman, GFHS (January 2019.)

About Us

The Gloucestershire Family History Society was formed in 1979, as an off-shoot of the Bristol and Avon Family History Society, to promote research into Family History with particular emphasis on Gloucestershire Family History. It has over 1,200 members worldwide and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

Area Covered

The Society’s local interest is in the Towns & Parishes of Gloucestershire as listed by GENUKI.

The Family History Centre

The Centre is the hub for Family History Research in Gloucestershire and is based within the Heritage Hub (formally Gloucestershire Archives). It provides free online research facilities to search amongst other things the entire Census Collection 1841 – 1911, and houses a well stocked library including microfiche records. It is manned by friendly volunteers who will help you research your roots not only in Gloucestershire but anywhere in the UK and beyond.

Monthly Branch Meetings

There are active groups in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean which arrange their own programme of meetings and activities. Members of the Society are welcome to attend meetings of any group.

Society Publications

The Society produces, publishes and sells indexes of Gloucesteshire records.Full details of our items can be seen in each copy of The Journal or in our on-line Shop or obtained from the Family History Centre.

The Shop

The Society sells Local History Books, Maps, CDs and Transcriptions of Gloucestershire Registers eg Baptisms, Marriages and Burials which have been published by the Society. They can be purchased through the Online Shop or from the Family History Centre.

The Journal

The Journal is published in the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter each year to keep members in touch with what is going on. It includes articles of general genealogical interest, members’ submitted stories of their research, as well as articles relevant to Gloucestershire Family History. It also contains Society Notices, News of forthcoming events, a section containing Members’ Interests and a Members’ Queries column .

Help Desk Facilities at Local Libraries

The Society regularly provides expert advice at local libraries where Volunteers bring their experience and some searchable databases to help you with your Family History research.


The Society is run entirely by Volunteers who give their time in many ways :

  • as Officers of the Society
  • to staff the Family History Centre
  • help in ongoing transcription projects (see below)
  • to staff Helpdesks in local libraries
  • to staff stalls at various Family History Fairs in the Region

Do you want to have fun, meet new friends and make a difference!

Why not join our band of volunteers. If you can spare anything from three hours a month to one day a week then please contact one of the Officers on the Contact Us page.

Current Projects

The Society is continually engaged in Projects to make resource material more accessible to its Members and the general public. The Society is undertaking several projects to help the digitisation of local records etc …

  • WWI Project
  • Register of Cremations Gloucester Crematorium also available on CD from 1953- 1975 Vol 1
  • Gloucestershire BMD Indexing
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Bible Project

Offers of help from Volunteers is always welcome.