About The Family History Centre

The Family History Centre houses all our Research Material and is located within the ‘Heritage Hub’ Site in Clarence Row, Alvin Street Gloucester GL1 3AH
The Centre is open to members and non-members alike and although entry is free of charge, we appreciate Donations that along with our members’ subscriptions are the lifeblood of the Society. Having a ground floor building means easy wheelchair access. [A temporary ramp is in operation at the moment and will be replaced by a wheelchair lift soon]

Centre Facilities

We now have 12 computers offering free online access to  …

  • Nationally
    • Entire Census Collection 1841 – 1911
    • Ancestry
    • British Newspapers
    • Deceased on-line
    • Find My Past
    • The Genealogist
    • WW1 Army Records
    • Calendar of Wills
  • Gloucestershire
    • Birth, Marriage & Death details (from 1837)
    • Baptism Details (1813 – 1837)
    • Burial Details (1813 – 1851)
    • Forest of Dean Parish Records
    • Marriage Index (1759 – 1837)
    • Monumental Inscriptions
    • Non-Conformists’ Baptisms
    • Quakers’ Registers, Baptisms (1813 – 1837)
    • 18th Century Parish Registers (A selection of)
    • Tredworth Cemetary Records 1857 onwards
    • and many more.

… plus much more including a host of Society databases and research CDs for other areas of the country.

In addition, there are two fiche readers for the large number of microfiche including GRO indexes, IGI, and National Probate Calendars (including the years not available online).

In addition there are 2 more computers which access the Gloucestershire Archive Catalogue.
Click here for full details of Resources available at the Family History centre Resources

The Library

Our library contains hundreds of titles covering a wide range of family history topics including the latest copies of Who Do You Think You Are magazine.

Also in this area are several volumes of Gloucestershire Monumental Inscriptions. Although these are available on our computers many researchers prefer to browse the printed volumes – look on the bottom shelf of the bookcase containing the big red files.

We always appreciate donations of books, particularly specialist themes (eg: Kelly’s street or trade directories) and any out of print volumes.  If a donated book is already stocked we sell it on eBay with proceeds to the Society’s funds so it does not go to waste.

Click here for full details of Library Books available at the Family History centre LIBRARY CATALOGUE

Library books are only available at the FHC and cannot be loaned.

The Shop

The Centre has a shop containing a large selection of interesting Books, Maps and CDs relating to Family History for sale. It also sells CDs of Indexes/Transcriptions of Gloucestershire Records which have been published by the Society. All the items are also available from the on-line shop Buy Now.


The Centre is staffed entirely by volunteers, many of whom have research interests all over the country. Although we obviously specialise in Gloucestershire we are also here to help you research wherever it leads.

Family History can become addictive and you might even want to become a volunteer. If you can spare anything from three hours a month to one day a week contact the Family History Centre Coordinator or telephone the FH Centre +44(0)1452 524344

Come and visit us now and expand your research. Many visitors come from abroad and stay for a week or more!

We welcome comments on our service and how we can improve the Centre.