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Family history and heritage research

South Gloucestershire remembers World War One

Researching your family history or finding out more about the history of your house or area can be fascinating but it is difficult to know where to start.

Listed below are organisations that you will find helpful in your quest.

Gloucestershire Archives
Invaluable help and advice a great place to start if your family or place is connected to Gloucestershire.

Yate Heritage Centre
Many local records, including oral history and a photo archive. You can also access Ancestry for free.

Frenchay Village Museum

Records from parishes, school records, Cleve Hill Hospital, Winterbourne and Frampton Cotterell and local industry.

Thornbury and District Museum, Research group
Comprehensive information about the local district, with family history information and about the soldiers on the local war memorials with much more.

Tytherington Local History Group
Local history, photos of the past and more recent giving you a glimpse into the past of the parish of Tytherington.

Kingswood Heritage Museum
Reflecting the life and industry of the local area.

Bristol 2014 – The city and conflict
A guide to researching your Bristolian ancestors in the first world war.

The Long, Long Trail
All about the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the first world war.

The National Archives
The national records of central government, many can be viewed on line.

A genealogy website, by subscription, which includes records of births, marriages and burials, census records and military service records. Can be accessed for free at Yate Heritage Centre or at libraries throughout South Gloucestershire.

Find my past
A genealogy website, which includes records of births, marriages and burials, census records and some military records. This is a subscription service.

Naval and military archive
A genealogy website dedicated to military research. This is a pay-per-view/subscription service.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Commemoration of the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. Includes register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

International Committee of the Red Cross
Useful resource centre with photos, videos and articles.

National Army Museum
History on the British Army.

Museum of British aviation history
Europe’s largest naval aviation collection.

The Gazette
A searchable database of the British Government’s official newspaper, which details officer’s commissions, promotions and awards for gallantry.

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