Gloucestershire Family History Society

This section lists county associations of Gloucestershire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Bristol and Avon Family History Society

The Society was formed in 1975, and wants to help promote and encourage the public study of genealogy and any other associated interests.  The area covered by the Society includes Bristol and Bath, and running in the North from Thornbury to Hawkesbury. 

The association also covers Marshfield and Bathford to Hinton Charterhouse, heading west to Radstock and across the Mendips to Uphill.  A list of parishes covered by the Society is on their website.



Gwyneth Dean
4 Banwell Close
BS31 1JX


Research Room

The Society has a Research Room, situated in Bristol in the Create Centre.  It is located in Bristol Archives, 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN.  Free access to FindmyPast and Ancestry is available through the Society's computers.

If using public transport, any bus going via Hotwells/Merchant Road serves the Centre.  If travelling via the Park and Ride service, buses heading between Long Ashton and the Portway also serve the Centre. 

Bus services 505 from Southmead Hospital to Bower Ashton via Horfield, Clifton, Queens Road, Hotwells Service, and 506 service from Southmead Hospital linking Broadmead with Temple Meads, serve the Centre.

You can also use the Bristol Ferry service, which you can catch outside Temple Meads Station and leave at the Nova Scotia pub.  The pub is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Centre.

Society Publications

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Baptismal, Marriage and Burial Registers Collections
  • Bristol Apprenticeship Books 1724-2009
  • Bristol Burgess Books 1557-1995
  • Bristol Pipe Makers and their Families of the 17th to 20th Centuries
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary - In-Patient Register Index 1751-1775
  • Burial Registers Collection
  • Butcher, Baker, Candle Maker - Chipping Sodbury from 1795
  • Census Indexes
  • Crew Lists - Index to records held at Bristol Record Office
  • Tithe Apportionment Books - Index to records held at Bristol Record Office
  • Insurance Policy Holders 1714-1731, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire
  • Journal Archive - Numbers 1-115 covering Autumn 1975 to March 2004
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers

Books sold by the Society include:

  • A-Z History of 200 Bristol Street Names
  • A-Z of Pub Signs and their Origins
  • Arnos Vale Bristol
  • Bristol Marriages 1800-1837
  • Bristol's Pauper Children
  • Butcher, Baker, Candle Maker - Chipping Sodbury from 1795
  • Family History Work Book
  • Forward to the Past - Another Journey in Ancestry
  • Killed in a Coalpit
  • Local History Books
  • Reference Books
  • We Have Our Lives


Gloucestershire Family History Society

The Society helps people who are conducting research into their ancestors and have a connection with the county.

They hold monthly meetings in Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester and the Forest of Dean.


Address (General Enquiries):

Gloucestershire Family History Society
Clarence Row
Alvin Street


Society Research Centre

They also have a Centre in Gloucester which is based in the grounds of Gloucestershire Archives. 

Centre Parking

Parking is available at the Centre.

Disabled Access

The building is fully accessible. 

Booking at the Centre

You should book in advance of your visit to book a computer or microfiche reader and to check the resources you wish to consult are available.  

Centre Computers

12 computers are available in the Archive, offering access to the following resources relating to Gloucestershire:

  • 18th Century Parish Registers
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Details (1837-)
  • Baptism Indexes 1813-1837
  • Burials Indexes 1813-1851
  • Forest of Dean Parish Records
  • Marriage Indexes 1759-1837
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Baptisms
  • Quakers' Registers Baptisms 1813-1837
  • Tredsworth Cemetery Records 1857-

Centre Resources

Local history books and reference books are also available.

Society Publications

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • 18th Century Parish Registers: Cam, Coaley, Dursley, Nympsfield, Owlpen, Slimbridge, Stinchcombe, Uley
  • Coney Hill Burial Ground Register 1938-2015
  • Burial Registers
  • Electoral Roll 1931
  • Forest of Dean Monumental Inscriptions
  • Freemen of the City of Gloucester 1838-2013
  • GFHS Journal Back Issues
  • Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Quaker Registers: Births 1642-1837, Burials 1655-1908, Marriages 1656-1908
  • Gloucestershire Diocese Baptism Index 1813-1837
  • Gloucestershire Diocese Burial Index 1813-1851
  • Gloucestershire Diocese Marriage Index 1754-1799, 1800-1837
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers
  • Reference Books
  • St Gregory's RC Cheltenham Baptisms 1809-1903
  • St Mary Cheltenham Parish Records 1558-1804
  • Tredworth Burial Ground Register 1857-1901, 1901-1961
  • Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll
  • Yorkshire List of Names


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