Bristol & Gloucester Archaeological Society has provided the digital images, which are ordered by parish. The images are from the original publication of Ralph Bigland’s Historical, Monumental and Genealogical Collections Relative to the County of Gloucester. From this collection, you can learn the following:
Details and brief history of the parish
Annual counts of how many births, marriages, and burials occurred in the parish
Transcriptions of the parish church’s monumental inscriptions – from these inscriptions, you may discover your ancestor’s name, relatives’ names, residence, age at death, and death date
The digital images in this collection are presented in PDF form. Searching through a PDF can be different from searching through other record sets.
The search feature uses direct search: it will only search for the exact words you write in the search field. For example, if you search for John Smith, the results will give you pages with John and Smith.
All search results will bring you to the page on which your search word has been found and not to an individual transcript. You can then read through the page to find your result.
To search for your ancestor by their name, write it as it would appear in the original record; for example, if your relative was known as Will, it is likely that the name used on his monumental inscription was William.
If you are unable to find your relative on your first search, you can try different name variations; for example, if your search for William Smith yields zero results, try searching for W Smith.
Page numbers correlate with the individual pages of the images rather than the page numbers printed in the publication. Therefore, page one pertains to the first page of a volume.