Owing to a section of the Chocolate Path collapsing into the river, Cumberland Road is closed until further notice. Access to the Research Room is now via Coronation Road or Anchor Road and Hotwell Road.



Next Local Meetings



Monday 24th February   7:30
In Sickness and in Health - Hospital Records and Genealogy
Speaker: Richard Meunier

Location: BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN


Monday 9th March   7:30
Joseph Lancaster - The British School Movement 1798-1902
Speaker: Terry Ransome

Location: BAWA Leisure Centre, Southmead Road, Bristol BS34 7RG


Sodbury Vale

Wednesday 11th March   7:30
The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway

Speaker: Paul Gregory

Location: St Nicholas Family Centre, Chargrove, Yate BS37 4LG





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 and Yate. Most meetings have speakers and details 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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