Gloucestershire parish records go online

By Jon Bauckham, 13 February 2015 - 11:52am

More than three million historic baptism, marriage and burial records have been added to Ancestry thanks to a partnership with Gloucestershire Archives

Bibury Gloucestershire cottages

The Cotswolds village of Bibury is just one of many places to be covered by the new parish records collection (Credit: Getty Images)

Researchers with Gloucestershire roots could learn more about their kin thanks to a vast collection of parish records now available at Ancestry.co.uk.

Launched on 13 February, the Gloucestershire Parish Registers, 1538-1988 detail more than three million baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials dating as far back as the 16th century.

Each register has been fully transcribed, meaning that family historians can search for their forebears by entering details such as name, spouse, parents and parish.

Once a relevant record has been located, users can then click through to view a scan of the page on which the entry appears – digitised from original material held at Gloucestershire Archives.

Ray Theodoulou, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member on behalf of Gloucestershire Archives, said: “We’re thrilled that these wonderful archives in our care are now accessible worldwide.

“Also thanks to this relationship with Ancestry, people in Gloucestershire have free access to Ancestry at their local library, at the Gloucestershire Family History Centre and at Gloucestershire Archives itself.

“We hope as many people as possible enjoy discovering more about their ancestors and Gloucestershire’s past.”

Explore the records at Ancestry (requires subscription)

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