Booking to come to the Family History Centre
We’re delighted that we’re able to re-open the Family History Centre and welcome back researchers after so long.
We’ve introduced some changes which have all been designed to comply with the current legal requirements and keep everyone, researchers and volunteers alike, safe in these difficult times. We’ll send you details of these when we confirm your booking and ask you to observe them when you’re in the Centre.
The Centre will open on Wednesday each week from 16 September and you must book in advance. We can’t accommodate researchers without a confirmed booking.
During the next few months we intend to increase the number of days the Centre is open each week, so please check our website and social media for the most up-to-date information.
Please Read Our New Procedures First
How to Book
- You can book a 2 hour slot at GFHS Family History Centre
- You can book Morning 10-30 to 12-30 or Afternoon 13-30 to 15-30
- Planned days for opening are currently:
- 23 September
- 30 September
- Please enter and submit your details on the form below
You will receive an e-mail from us confirming your slot please allow 5 clear working days for us to process your booking.
If it is your intention to book a slot at Gloucestershire Archives please note this will have to be done separately go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives for further information
Note it may not be possible to have a slot on the same day and moving from GFHS to GA or GA to GFHS will not be possible without prior booking.
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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 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.
A very successful event with 250+ visitors photographs to follow.