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Gloucestershire records made available online

Gloucestershire Archives is making millions of records from the county available to the public online for free.

The opening of Gloucester Heritage Hub

The coronavirus pandemic forced the Heritage Hub in Gloucester to close, meaning the archives were unavailable to the public for the first time in 80 years.

But after working with Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, the archives are giving the public free access to millions of Gloucestershire records.

The records give details about lives across the county over 450 years and provide 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.

READ MORE: Gloucester History Festival handed £40,000 grant 

Councillor Lynden Stowe, Gloucestershire County Council's 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 closed."

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 (1728-1914)
  • Land tax assessments (1713-1833)
  • Electoral registers (1832-1974)

You can access the records here

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