About the Society

A warm welcome to Gloucestershire Family History Society.

We are a very active society, with over 1,000 enthusiastic family historians, based in Gloucester, the surrounding area and across the UK as well as worldwide. Gloucestershire Family History Society has reportedly the best Family History Centre in the country and the society is over 40 years old, having been established in 1979.

Our members have many opportunities to interact with the Society and fellow members, most obviously through our regular branch meetings, held in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. Most months of the year, talks from a wide range of fascinating speakers, are held at The Heritage Hub. While members tend to visit their local branch, they are welcome to attend any branch event. These meetings aren’t closed to members as we are delighted to welcome non-members to talks free of charge.

As well as our local branch, members can communicate online via our Facebook Group page. Other social media channels include twitter and an option to subscribe to receive news as it happens (links can be found at the bottom of each page on this website).

Our quarterly Journal, full of news and articles, is distributed in either print or electronic form to our members worldwide. The Journal Editor welcomes contributions of articles or news for inclusion in a future edition.

Of course, a big part of our time as family historians is taken up with research and discovering more information about those we are interested in. Our members, via our Members Interest Page, are able to detail names they are working on, with the aim of finding others with similar surname interests.

We are particularly proud of two twenty year projects, the Births Marriages and Deaths(BMD) free to view via this website, and Cemetery Register transcriptions, the former in collaboration with the registrar’s office, the latter because the registers were falling into disrepair.

Our aim with this new website is to bring together a large amount of information for both members and non-members researching family history in Gloucestershire, although we do of course hope that any non-members using our resources will see the benefit of joining us and receiving all the member benefits.

If you wish to understand more about the work of the Society, and cannot find the answers within these pages, do please contact either me or any other of the officials, who would be delighted to help you.

Enjoy your time researching with us

John Loosley

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