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 - Penny Walters
BAFHS, c/o Bristol Archives, 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol,  BS1 6XN. e-mail:

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.

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.

In a very short space of time, seems to have become accepted as the principal online source of census information. The big news from Ancestry is that they now have the 1841 census available to complete their collection of census material for England & Wales.

Most family historians know how useful wills can be, as they often detail relationships and confirm useful facts like the surnames of married daughters. A secondary source of probate information are the Death Duty Registers, which were compiled when death duty was payable on an estate.

The end of year brings with it a further crop of new websites of interest and value to the family historian, as well as further developments at some established sites.