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Bunhill Fields (Redcross Street, Bristol) Burial Ground Registers 1805-1880
Perform an internet search for "Bunhill Fields" and you are likely see results for the Burial Ground in the London Borough of Islington. However, there is also a Burial Ground of the same name in Redcross Street, Bristol (now the site of St Matthias Public Park). Two recently discovered registers for the Bristol Bunhill Fields Burial Ground have been transcribed and published by our project team and are now available as a downloadable PDF file priced at £5. For further details or to purchase, please visit our GENfair stall.
 
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Saturday 14th April sessions - Bristol Museum's M Shed

The programme will include talks by the following accomplished speakers:

John Hanson - Professional Genealogist

Peter Bailey - FIBIS + FFHS

Beverley Walker - Romany and Traveller Family History Society

Dr Penny Walters - Adoption Research Expert

 

"you can expect to discover answers to many questions you don’t yet know to ask! Intrigued?

You should be! 

Are you enthusiastic to learn from acknowledged experts on the following research topics: Wills? British India? Gypsy Heritage? Adoption?

... and maybe much more?"

 

Since the day is fully catered, all of the following is included in the £39.50 conference fee.....:

~ Freshly brewed fair-trade coffee & tea with pastries on arrival

~ Freshly brewed fair-trade coffee & tea with homemade cookies mid-morning

~ Two course fork buffet or finger buffet lunch served with a selection of juices

~ Freshly brewed fair-trade coffee & tea with scones mid-afternoon

~ Conference stationery (delegate pads and pens)

~ Chilled water

~ Plus free entry into ‘Bristol’ galleries (subject to opening hours)

 

For full in formation and booking folow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ffhs-every-ancestor-matters-conference-bristol-tickets-42528771701

 

 

 

 

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Provisional date for our next Family History Fair in 2019:-

Bristol & Avon Family History Society plans to hold its next Family History Fair

on Saturday 28th September 2019

All visitors welcome - if you are not a member of a family history society, come and find out about us

at  BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG

Open 10.00 - 1600

 

further details will appear here when they are available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TRUTH BEHIND BRISTOL’S PAUPER CHILDREN

A little-known chapter from Bristol’s past has been brought to life in a fascinating new book which explores the plight of the city’s Victorian vagrant children.

An estimated 60,000 Canadians are believed to be descended from more than 1,500 orphaned, destitute and abandoned children who were sent to Canada in the belief they would have a better life.

The Bristol children were among around 100,000 child immigrants sent across the Atlantic between 1869 and 1939 from all over the UK; it’s estimated that 12% of present-day Canadians are descended from these “British Home Children”.

The trials and tribulations faced by these poverty-stricken children is uncovered in a revealing new book, Bristol’s Pauper Children, which will be officially launched on Saturday 7th October by Bristol Books.

Author Shirley Hodgson’s working life was devoted to the care and education of children across Bristol, where she worked in various schools, ending her career with a ten-year stint as head of Victoria Park Junior School in Bristol until she retired in 1992.

She was introduced to the story of the British Home Children sent to Canada during a lecture in Exeter given by Dr Moira Martin of the University of the West of England.

Little was known about the Bristol pauper children who were part of this exodus, so Shirley started investigating the organisations and individuals who played key parts in the education and emigration of the city’s street children.

Bristol’s Pauper Children is the result of Shirley’s painstaking research and its pages reveal a tragic, little-known chapter in the city’s history.

Some of Bristol’s pauper children were lucky; they were fed, clothed, educated and taught skills by church and charitable organisations, workhouses, reformatories and industrial schools, run mostly be well-meaning people like Mary Carpenter, Maria Rye and Annie Macpherson, with philanthropic intentions.

When these institutions started to struggle to cope with the number of children in their care, emigration to Canada was considered the best option for some of these children.

Many of them were sent to Canada to work as agricultural labourers or domestic servants, but far from the better life promised, many suffered loneliness and despair.

In many cases the children were sent abroad without the consent of their parents and were separated from their siblings, prompting then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown to make a statement in the House of Commons in 2010 in which he said these children had been “robbed of their childhoods.”

He said the UK had turned its back on them instead of caring for them, and had ignored their cries for help.

Now, however, their story is being told in full, through Shirley’s touching tale, which was officially launched on Saturday 7th October - you can buy a copy of the book throuigh our website shop.