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.

The past year has seen some major changes in the number and style of family history websites, so in this issue I thought I would provide a summary of recent developments, especially for new readers and for those who have recently joined the Internet, There is also some information about other sites that you may find useful.

In the last issue, I looked at some websites and CDs which contain the basic national information for family historians – records of births, marriages and deaths, and the census. This time, the details are of websites with a more local focus, and some which will help you expand and put in context what you already know.

Even your Webmaster has problems with his computer, and the first draft of this article is being written on the number 2 machine, which is six years old, dreadfully slow, and uses a dial-up Internet connection.

 As usual, since my last article there have been some major developments in the availability of family history information online, so much of what I write this time will be to update things that were in the last Journal.

The big news is that the GRO has agreed to lift the 100-year restriction on the publication of information on births, marriages and deaths.