Bristol Cathedral Event: Researching WW1 Ancestors

As part of Bristol Cathedral’s Great War remembrance programme, the Society will have a small exhibition in the Cathedral outlining our activities and research facilities between Thursday August 3rd and Tuesday August 29th.


In addition Society volunteers will be present on the Saturdays of August 5th and 12th from 10.30 to 2.30 to give advice and guidance on research.


A variety of free helpful documents and booklets will be available.

Coach Trip to the National Archives at Kew

On Thursday 12th October 2017 there will be a further visit to the National Archives at Kew.

The price of tickets is £25 per person. 

Pick-up at Chipping Sodbury Car park 7.10am, BAWA, Club, Southmead Road at 7.30 a.m. and 'motorway' pick-up by arrangement.

You will need a Reader's Ticket to access the archival materials area at Kew. To obtain this please bring proof of identity (passport or driving licence) and proof of address (recent utility bill or driving licence).

The National Archives now has on-line readers ticket application. Completing the process before visiting Kew will save you valuable time when you arrive there.

Go to:


Seats must be reserved by writing to Patricia Holmes, 78 Oakdale Close, Downend, BS16 6EB or by phoning 0117 9561881.

BAFHS Family History Fair - September 2017

Bristol & Avon Famly History Society will be holding its next Family History Fair on Saturday 9th September 2017

All visitors welcome - if you are not a member if 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 and Seminar:-

Seminar: "Starting Your Family History".  We are planning to run this for two hours from about 10.30 with a break in the middle

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

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

Talk: "Researching Adoption" by Penny Walters, professional genealogist

Talk: "The Importance and Value of Ephemera in your Rersearch" by Jane Howells of the British Association for Local History


We will be inviting Family History Societies, Local History Societies and Museums as well as the Record Offices/ Archives and commercial exhibitors - Over 30 exhibitors have so far signed up to attend and representatives from Bath Archives and the Somerset Heritage centre will be on hand to give advice..

... and of course a team of people 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 comercial webistes and publications, data CDs, books and storage materials 

Full programme details will be added here


Exhibitor enquiries welcome: