Volume 2 of Discover Gloucestershire Ancestors is already in progress; there was just too much information for it all to go into one book. Whilst Volume 1 covered the basics of family history research, this Volume will extend your knowledge and offer more sources for you to check out in the hunt for additional background information on your forefathers.
Contents to date include:
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|#1 The Parish Chest||The original oak parish chest held the church silver, the parish registers and other documents essential to the smooth running of the parish. The term ‘parish chest’ has come to stand for these documents which include information on many aspects of parish life, from assisting the poor and sick in times of need to maintaining the roads and bridges to permit access to the outside world.|
|#2 Education Records||The earliest reference to a school in Gloucestershire is made in the 15th century and some founded soon afterwards do still exist. However, most children received no formal education until the late 19th century. Few records survive for the early schools but, since 1870, schools have been required to keep admission registers and log books many of which are still in existence.|
|#3 Military Service||Was your ancestor in the Services? Most recent records relating to military service are held nationally but there are many records relating to the local militia, the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and the Gloucestershire Regiment held locally. Indeed, Gloucestershire researchers are fortunate in that two total county military surveys remain to help us locate our ancestors in 1522 and 1608.|
|#4 The Workhouse||Did your ancestor spend time in the workhouse? Was he born there, did he die there or did he and his family just stay for a while when life became too hard for them? This chapter will help you to discover the type of information you might find on your ancestors in the archives.|
|#5 Medical Records||Gloucestershire Archives holds a variety of hospital and asylum records relating to the people in the county who suffered from ill health. Some records, particularly those of the NHS, are still closed but others give an insight into the lives of the people who lived here. Records of the cholera and smallpox epidemics are discussed.|