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Gloucester's American Connections

Gloucester has a wealth of connections with the United States, from the composer of The Star-Spangled Banner to a signatory of the US Declaration of Independence to Gloucester, Massachusetts itself.

Gloucester-born religious figures played pioneering roles in spreading Methodism, Evangelicalism and the Sunday School movement to the early American colonies. More than 9.5 million US citizens traces their roots to Gloucester and the surrounding county – a good place to start researching your ancestry is the Gloucestershire Archives.

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