In this time of restrictions to normal life you might like to start or expand your family history research. 


WE can help!


There is a wealth of information and advice available on, or via, our website or through our Facebook page.

For beginners, in particular, visit the Research Resources section and read our ‘Intro to Family History’ and the brief guide to the most useful websites, especially the free ones.  Here is the link

Research Resources


Any general advice or specific questions can be sent to our volunteers at a number of email addresses to be found on our ‘contacts page’ – particularly these and   We will try to help as best we can at present without access to our Research Room at Bristol Archives which is closed.  


General enquiries about the Society should be sent to vice-chair or secretary.  


Our public meetings have been cancelled for the next few months and the Society’s AGM, scheduled for June, is being rearranged.  Our September Journal is in production and we hope it will be with members as near to the normal time as possible, obviously subject to external factors outside our control.




B&AFHS Membership & Meetings

  • Area Covered by the Society

    When the Society was formed its area centred round Bristol and its boundaries followed the County of Avon which was Read More
  • Where we Meet

      The Society holds its main meeting in Bristol, with group meetings in Bath. Most meetings have speakers and details are given Read More
  • Joining & Renewals

    Society membership is open to all family historians with ancestors or interests in the area covered by the society. We Read More
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Research Room: Our Online Resources

Members and Non-members are warmly invited to make use of our research room at the Bristol Archives.  For information about opening times, directions and the resources we have available, check the Research Room page.

Take time to explore the indexes which may help you prepare for your visit.  Browse the many pages of local history and family history data on this web site which we are happy to share with you. Find below links to just some of the databases we have put online.

  • Donated Certificates

    Some members have given the Society unwanted birth, death or marriage certificates.  These documents are stored in our Research Room Read More
  • Family History Sources

    This section includes information on sources for family history in Bristol & Avon.Bristol BurgessesBurgesses were men (and the occasional woman) Read More
  • Downloads

    In addition to links, this section contains files in Portable Document Format (PDF). which you can download. .PDF files have Read More
  • Members Interests

    Search Members Interests Index Help Contents 1. Submitting Names 2. Using the Database 3. Chapman Codes and Time Period Codes 4. Read More
  • Journals Index

    These two indexes are designed to help you find articles and references to family names in the Bristol & Avon Read More
  • B&FHS Projects

    Here you will find progress reports on our projects, and importantly an appeal for more volunteers to help with them! Who Read More
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