Search for your English ancestors in this collection of publications including parish registers, a poor book, records of The Corporation of Gloucester, and more. Some of these records date back to the 18th century.
The information you discover about your ancestor will differ depending on which publication you are reading.
For example, if your ancestor is in a parish register you will find:
Spouse or parents
Or, if you find your ancestor in the records of The Corporation of Gloucester you may find the following facts:
Event description such as a grant or charter
Description of the event
Use the previous and next button to read more of the publication.
This collection of Gloucestershire registers and records includes the following publications:
Elkstone Its Manors, Church and Registers, Published 1919
History & Antiquities of Tewkesbury, Published 1790
Parish Registers of Westbury-On-Trym, Published 1912
Poor Book - Tithings of Westbury-On-Trym, Stoke Bishop & Shirehampton, Published 1910
Records of The Corporation of Gloucester, Published 1893
Searching through a PDF (Portable document format) is different from searching through fully transcribed record sets. Here are some tips to keep in mind while you search for your ancestors:
A name search will return results which have the search terms on the same page within the document. This means that searching for John Smith will return pages where the names 'John' and 'Smith' occur. For this reason your search may return the name William Smith or John Brown. By inserting quotations around the full name the search function will locate the terms together; for example, “John Smith.”
To search for your ancestor by their name, write it as it would appear on the document. For example, if your relative was known as ‘Will’ it is likely that the name used for official records was ‘William.’
If you are unable to find your relative on your first search you can try different name variations. A number of register books only use abbreviations for first names. For example, if your search is unsuccessful for William Smith, try W Smith or Wm Smith.
Perusing the PDF
If you wish to read through the whole document you are searching, then order the results by page number. You can start from the beginning of the document and read through to the end using the next button above the image.
Page numbers often correlate with the individual images of the documents rather than the page numbers used within the publication. Therefore page 1 starts with the cover page.