GLOUCESTERSHIRE

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Map showing position of Gloucestershire (c) GENUKI

Description in 1887

"GLOUCESTERSHIRE, a west Midland county [Map (above) shows location], situated upon the estuary of the Severn, and bounded north and north-east by Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire; by Oxfordshire; south by Berks, Wilts, and Somerset; and west by Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, and the estuary of the Severn; greatest length, south-west to north-east 54 miles; greatest breadth, north-west to south-east, 33 miles; area, 783,699 acres; population 572,433. The face of the county shows varied aspects, of which the most distinctive are the Cotswold Hills, in the east; the valley of the Severn, in the middle; and the Forest of Dean, in the west. Besides the Severn there are numerous important rivers, such as the Avon, Lower Avon, Wye, Thames, and Windrush. The canal system has been largely developed, and several important water-ways of that description pass through the county. Agriculture forms the leading occupation of the rural population; in the hills sheep-farming receives attention; while the rich valley of the Severn has long been famed for the superiority of its products. Its luxuriant pastures especially have originated and supported a great industry in the shape of dairy farms which produce the celebrated Glo'ster cheese. In the west of the county are 2 great coal fields - the Forest of Dean on the north, and the Bristol coal-field on the west. Other minerals are gypsum, barytes, quartz, limestone, and freestone. The manufactures are mostly woollen and cotton stuffs, but at Bristol there are also large hardware manufactures."
[Extract from Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887]

INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE

  1. All Gloucestershire pages may be searched using the GENUKI Search engine.

  2. Researchers may find one or more of the Gloucestershire Mailing Lists useful in their research; and Gloucestershire Surnames being researched are listed within Graham Jaunay's On-line English Names Directory.

  3. Volunteers are being sought to help to transcribe the 1861 and 1891 Censuses for South Gloucestershire & Bristol, to make the whole part of a free searchable database online. Visit the FreeCEN web site for more details, and if you'd like to volunteer.

Archives and Libraries

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Bibliography

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Cemeteries

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Census

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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales began on July 1st 1837. Copies of certificates may be obtained from either the General Register Office (GRO), or from a Superintendent's Registrar's Office of the District at which the event was first registered. If the District no longer exists, this would be the Office to which its registers have been moved.
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Correctional Institutions

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Description and Travel

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Directories

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Emigration and Immigration

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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Gazetteers

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Genealogy

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Historical Geography

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History

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Land and Property

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Law and Legislation

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Maps

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Medical Records

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Merchant Marine

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Military History

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Names, Geographical

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Names, Personal

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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Religion and Religious Life

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Schools

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Social Life and Customs

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Societies

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Taxation

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INDIVIDUAL TOWNS AND PARISHES - See Alphabetical Listing

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