Our quarterly journal has been published continuously since the Society was formed in 1975.  A complete set is available for reference in our Research Room in Bristol.


Each issue aims to keep members up-to-date about events that may be taking place and presents regular features and a range of articles about family history and local history.  'On the Internet' articles (see below) are reproduced on this website in the month of publication and 'My Parish' articles are published 12-18 months after publication in the Journal.


Journals are distributed to members each quarter (June, September, December & March) and members who join part way

through the membership year (which begins in April)

are sent copies of past Journals for that year.

We have an on-line index of all family names (or surnames) and article titles in our Journals from the first issue in 1975 to the present day.

Journal Editor - Jane Bambury
19 Harlech Way, Willsbridge, Bristol, BS30 6US.

Most issues of the Society's Journal contain an article about recent family history developments on the Internet;  these are included below so that you can access the sites listed more easily by calling up the articles below and clicking on the links rather than by entering the web address into your browser.  However, please note that links in older articles may no longer work.

Genes Reunited began as a contact site, similar to its sister site Friends Reunited which connects people who went to the same school. For family historians, the connection is one’s ancestors and you list the people in your family tree and look for others who share those names.

Emigration was a fact of life for many families in the nineteenth century. I have ancestors on both my mother’s and father’s side who emigrated leaving children behind in England. If you cannot find a family member in the census, or the registration of their death, then emigration should be one of your first thoughts.

Do you have ancestors who were Church of England priests, or do you want to check who was the incumbent at a particular church? If so, a new website about Church of England clergy 1540-1835 at will be of great use to you.

Reviewing books is much easier than writing about the Internet. A published book is a finished item and is unchangeable. Websites, however, change all the time, and although a major redesign can mean a re-launch with lots of publicity, sometimes the changes are more subtle and incremental. Changes can also mean the addition of new information, a way of making it easier to retrieve or understand information, or a new charging system. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to recognise changes, and to remember what something was like previously, but here are two examples that I found recently.