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 - Jane Bambury
19 Harlech Way, Willsbridge, Bristol, BS30 6US.

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.

It is only three years since the first appearance of the 1901 census, and although there were substantial teething problems, it is now established as one of the prime sources for British family history.

My article in the September 2004 issue contained information about 1837online, the pay-per-view website that gives access to images of the GRO registers of births, marriages and deaths. The way the images were indexed made searching something of a hit-or-miss affair, so it is good to report that latest improvements to the site make it much easier - and cheaper - to use.

There still seem to be some people who claim to research their family history without obtaining certificates of birth, marriage and death, but most of us appreciate the extra information such documents contain, and the confirmation they give of the details of our ancestors.

I start this quarter’s article with a website nearer to home – that of the Bristol Record Office. The BRO has recently received collections from two of Bristol's most famous photographers - Jim Facey and George Gallop, and has made 500 of these photographs available online.