Family History


Family History

Gloucestershire Family History Society 

If you are visiting Gloucestershire and would like to explore your family history, Gloucestershire Family History Society (GFHS) can help you.

Why not visit their Resource Centre where they have experts on hand to help you make the most of your Family History Research time.

Gloucestershire Family History Society,
Family History Centre,
Clarence Row,
Alvin Street,
GL1 3AH.
Tel : 01452 524344

For more information please visit or telephone 01452 524344.

Gloucestershire Archives

Gloucestershire Archives are an excellent resource centre which hold many useful records for those researching their family history. These include parish registers, wills, prison registers, electoral registers, 1841 - 1901 census returns, indexes of births, deaths and marriages, free access to the Ancestry website, plus much more.

The helpful team there are happy to carry out research on your behalf for a fee if you are unable to visit yourself. For more information please visit or telephone 01452 425295.

Forest of Dean Family History Trust

If your family have their roots in the Forest, it is well worth visiting the Forest of Dean Family History Trust website.  As well as standard resources, such as parish registers and the census, the site contains Forest of Dean specific items such as the register of freeminers. However, you do have to be registered on the site to search these resources; the site is free to use but donations are always welcome.

The Gage Library at Dean Heritage Centre

The Gage Library at the Dean Heritage Centre, near Cinderford, is a very useful resource containing over 20,000 historic records and artefacts. It is the perfect place to search out local history enquiries or trace your family roots, local historians there will be more than happy to help you with any research question you have.

The Gage Library enquiry service is available every Wednesday by appointment. Initial enquiries can be made via email or post, this enables the research team to find all relevant information in advance of a visit.

For further information visit

Cinderford Library

The Cinderford Library holds a very large quantity of local research material within its Local Studies Centre. This includes county directories on microfiche, local photographs, newspapers and Ordnance Survey maps. For further information telephone 01594 822581.

Gloucestershire Museum

The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum could also be a useful place to visit on your quest. They have an extensive database that holds over 40,000 names and includes the names of soldiers who served in the Gloucestershire Regiment in World War 1. For further information telephone 01452 522682.