Sources

Some of the records that can be researched are:

  • General Register Office Indexes for births, marriages and deaths (BMD)
  • Parish Registers for christenings, marriages and burials (CMB)
  • International Genealogical Index
  • Bishops’ Transcripts
  • Phillimore’s Marriage Index
  • Roe’s Marriage Index
  • Census Records for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
  • All Gloucestershire Family History Society Indexes
  • Wills and Administrations (Gloucestershire wills, PCC wills, National Probate Calendars)
  • Education Records (School and University Alumni
  • Professional Registers for such as the Legal, Medical and Clerical professions
  • Military Records (Armed Forces, Merchant Services, Militia)
  • Workhouse Records
  • Hospitals and Asylums
  • Apprenticeship Records, Guild Records, Lists of Freemen and Burgesses
  • Poor Law Records (Settlement Examinations, Removals, Bastardy Bonds)
  • Newspapers (BMD notices, obituaries, funeral reports, news items, etc.)
  • Marriage Licences, Bonds and Settlements
  • Petty Sessions, Quarter Sessions and Assize Records
  • Gaol records
  • Coroners’ Records
  • Street and Trade Directories
  • Electoral Rolls
  • Emigration Records
  • Land, Hearth and Window Tax documents
  • Maps, Plans, house Sales and Title Deeds
  • Manorial Records
  • and many more

The following records relate specifically to Gloucestershire and Bristol and are important sources of information.

  • Bigland’s Memorial Inscriptions
  • Hockaday Papers
  • Transportees from Gloucestershire to Australia 1783-1842
  • Smith’s Men and Armour in Gloucestershire in 1608
  • Gloucestershire Muster Roll of 1539
  • Military Survey of Gloucestershire for 1522
  • Medieval Taxpayers of Gloucestershire for 1327
  • Gloucestershire Notes and Queries
  • Fosbrook’s History of the City of Gloucester
  • Victoria County History for Gloucestershire
  • Registers of Freemen of Gloucester 1641 – 1838
  • Cheltenham Settlement Examinations 1815 – 1826
  • Cheltenham Probate Records 1660 – 1740
  • Gloucestershire Marriage Allegations 1637 – 1700
  • Phillimore’s and Roe’s Marriage Indexes
  • Bristol Marriage Licence Bonds 1637 – 1700
  • Gloucestershire Parish Registers
  • Gloucestershire Nonconformist Records (e.g. Baptist, Methodist, Society of Friends, Roman Catholic, etc.)
  • Gloucester Apprenticeship Registers 1595 to 1834
  • Convictions at Petty Sessions 1781 to 1837
  • Bristol & Gloucestershire Lay Subsidy of 1523 to 1527
  • The Laws of Dean Forest
  • Freeminers’ Registrations and Applications for Gales