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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.


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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.

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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 - Mike Slucutt
BAFHS, c/o Bristol Record Office, 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol,  BS1 6XN. e-mail: editor@bafhs.org.uk

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.

On the Internet - December 2007

One of the gaps in the resources for English family history has been the records of those who were not members of the Church of England. Thanks to an agreement between The National Archives and S & N Genealogy, some of these records are now available online at www.bmdregisters.co.uk.

On the Internet - September 2007

Some recent additions to the Ancestry website will be invaluable to many of us, and a useful reminder that things are not always what they seem. The first are some documents about transportees to Australia.

On the Internet - June 2007

Genes Reunited began as a contact site, similar to its sister site Friends Reunited which connects people who went to the same school. For family historians, the connection is one’s ancestors and you list the people in your family tree and look for others who share those names.