About the Society

Family History Centre

The Society is based at the recently built Heritage Hub together with Gloucestershire Archives and other partners.

Our Family History Centre is a spacious area within the Heritage Hub where you can research your family and local history in any part of the world. Our particular expertise is, of course, on Gloucestershire (see the list of towns and parishes).

We are here to help you as a beginner, a seasoned researcher or you can be left to your own devices knowing that help is at hand.

At the GFHS Reception Desk  on the right as you enter the Hub a volunteer will ask you to sign in and you will then allocated a  table with a computer or you can bring your own laptop ot tablet. A small charge is made to print out your search results.

You will find free access to a suite of twelve computers giving access to key commercial websites and FamilySearch Affiliate Library. There is a  well stocked reference library with local books of historical interest covering many parishes and place names, Monumental and Memorial Inscriptions and a selection of Kelly’s Directories to name but a few. Publications are available for sale from our book shop.

A relaxation area includes tables, to mingle and chat with other researchers and get refreshments from the kitchen area. Lockers are provided for your valuables

Car Parking is available. (a small charge is made by Gloucestershire Archives for all day parking).

The Centre has Disabled Access. If you have any concerns about visiting, then please phone us. Our Volunteers will be pleased to help and, if required, we can arrange for a dedicated helper, or for searches of our resources to be done on your behalf

Where to find us

The Family History Centre is located in Gloucester City Centre within the Heritage Hub and is well posted from London Road & Kingsholm Road. It’s just a 10 minute walk if you choose to travel by Bus or Train. Click the button to see a map and our contact details.