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:

Renewing Membership

Those members who get the Journal in printed form will receive the forms to renew membership in the post. This is to remind everyone who gets the Journal via the website that renewal is now due. In either case you can use the facility here to renew your membership, or the forms if you wish.

Follow the links on this page to renew membership via the shop or indeed to join anew.

Gloucestershire BMD Website

We are pleased to report that the BMD site now allows you to enter a Year, It will automatically search Plus or Minus 2 years and display the registration district. <CLICK for More Information

40th Anniversary Celebration

A very successful event with 250+ visitors photographs to follow.

Australian Born Men who joined the ANZACS


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Isle of Man Burial Strays

Thanks to Roger Christian IOMFHS

Strays from St Germans Cathedral, Peel Castle, St Peter’s Churchyard, Peel Wesleyan Chapel, & Peel Town Cemetery

World War One Centenary Project

Gloucestershire Family History Society has started collecting members’ records and memorabilia relating to people that were involved in WW1.
These may be of soldiers who died or survived, together with any family memories that were recorded and passed down to current generations. Not forgetting the civilian people and women workers and those left at home who were bereaved.
This Project is not restricted to Gloucestershire but is available to all members world wide.
We do not wish to retain any original items but by arrangement will photograph/scan or copy any material members wish to submit that they are unable to digitise themselves.
We would appreciate copies of any stories, Images, etc. to be sent to
Depending on material received it is eventually planned to create a multi platform digital record before the end of 2018.
See Members Submissions
For further details on Gloucestershire projects see
 Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum seek WW1 photos Email us on for more details or to send us a photo