BAFHS Family History Fair - September 2017

Bristol & Avon Family History Society will be holding its next Family History Fair

on Saturday 9th September 2017

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


Free parking

Free Talks :-

10.45 - Introductory Talk :-  "Starting Your Family History Research".  This will be aimed at those who want to get started on researching their families, there will be free informative handouts, magazines and other useful research and recording tools.


10.30 - Talk :- Giving your Research 'The WhoDoYouThinkYouAre? Experience' by Sarah Williams, Editor of the magazine of the same name.

12.15 - Talk:- "Researching Adoption" by Penny Walters, professional genealogist. Penny outlines useful processes for this area oif research from her own experiences.

13.30 - Talk:- "The Know Your Place West of England Historic Mapping Project" by Peter Insole, the lead officer of the original project started in Brisdtol but which now covers historic Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as Bristol and Bath. The talk will be tailored to how the mapping system can be used in family history research.

14.15 - Talk: "Don't throw that out! The delights of Ephemera" by Jane Howells of the British Association for Local History. Jane discusses why you should not necessarfilky throw things out as they could be of value in your research.


We have invited Family History Societies, Local History Societies and Museums as well as the Record Offices/ Archives and commercial exhibitors - Representatives from Bath Archives and the Somerset Heritage centre will be on hand to give advice.

Other local societies attending include Devon, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Glamorgan, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset & Dorset, Weston-super-mare, and Wiltshire.

We also have: Avonmouth Genealogical Group, Barton Hill Local History Society, Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society, Bristol Radical History Group and Bristol F.H.C (LDS).

Commercial exhibitors include Andrew M Punshon, CAB Search, D & B Rollinson (postcards), Joshua Horgan Print & Design, Past Lives, SearchMyPast, The Family History Partnership (books), The History Press (books), This Way Books, Unknown Solidier and WhoDoYouThinkYouAre? Magazine.

Representatives from the following groups will also be with us:- British Deaf History Group, British Association for Local History, Caribbean Family History Group, Families in British India Society, Guild of One Name Studies, Kingswood Heritage Museum Trust, National Waterways Museum, Remembering the real WW1, Romany & Travellers and the National Library of Wales......  

... and of course a team of people from BAFHS including the Sodbury Vale Group to help you if you have local 'family history' questions.

There will be refreshments available on site to purchase.

There will be a raffle for prizes which include subscriptions to commercial websites and publications, data CDs, books and storage materials 



Exhibitor enquiries welcome: