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Archives, family and local history

South Gloucestershire Council now looks after an area that was in the historic county of Gloucestershire until 1974. We work in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council to ensure that archives old and new relating to this area are collected, preserved and made accessible. Many records relating to places which are now in South Gloucestershire are held at Gloucestershire Archives. Some records relating to this area are held by Bristol Record Office or other neighbouring county archives. There are useful guides and other resources to help you locate South Gloucestershire records.

You can download them on the heritage hub website and discover general “Gloucestershire” information, guidance and resources on collections, family history, local history and learning for all that will also be relevant, as the historic county lasted for many centuries of record keeping.

If you wish to visit the Heritage Hub to view documents in the archives research room or to benefit from expert advice from volunteers of the Gloucestershire Family History Society, please check the following website first (particularly important during coronavirus restrictions).

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives/plan-your-visit/preparing-to-visit/.

You can also contact the service via archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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