Friday, 17 June 2016

Gloucestershire Archives records accessible via Ancestry

Ancestry ( has added several new third party indexes to Gloucestershire Archives hosted collections. From the site:

More than 12 million records from the county of Gloucestershire are now available to explore including the county’s detailed Prison Records 1791-1914, which give an intriguing insight into 19th century crime and punishment. They comprise a comprehensive series of prisoner calendars, registers and conviction books. There are even thousands of photos that were passed around the help local policemen recognise habitual offenders.

Our other new Gloucestershire records include annual Electoral Registers 1832-1974 and the Gloucestershire Land Tax Records, 1713-1833.

To celebrate the new release, Ancestry has posted a blog post Liz Jack, author of A Rogue’s Gallery: Victorian Prisoners in Gloucester Gaol, detailing the potential of the Web: Gloucestershire, England, Gaol Registers, 1815-1879 collection. The blog post is accessible at, whilst the collection itself can be searched via

The full holdings from Gloucestershire are accessible via Ancestry at or through the archive itself at

(With thanks to Bryony Partridge)


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit

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