New Bristol Burials Index

An index of Bristol municipal burial registers covering Greenbank cemetery (1871 - 1991) was published by BAFHS in 2014 and is available from our website either as a CD or by download.

Volume 2 has now been published covering the following cemeteries:-   

 Avonview (1883-1991)

Brislington (1905-1991)

Canford (1903-1991)

Henbury (1923-1991)

Ridgeway Park (1888-1991)

Shirehampton (1898-1991)

There are more than 145,000 entries. The new CD will be priced at £9 and will be available from 9th September but you can purchase the download now for £7 from our home page :-  click 'SHOP' on our main side menu then 'INTERNET SALES' from the dropdown menu


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 Family History Society will be holding its next Family History Fair

on Saturday 9th September 2017

All visitors welcome - if you are not a member of 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 :-

10.45 - Introductory Talk :-  "Starting Your Family History Research".  This will be aimed at those who want to get started on researching their families, there will be free informative handouts, magazines and other useful research and recording tools.


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

12.15 - Talk:- "Researching Adoption" by Penny Walters, professional genealogist. Penny outlines useful processes for this area oif research from her own experiences.

13.30 - 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. The talk will be tailored to how the mapping system can be used in family history research.

14.15 - Talk: "Don't throw that out! The delights of Ephemera" by Jane Howells of the British Association for Local History. Jane discusses why you should not necessarfilky throw things out as they could be of value in your research.


We have invited Family History Societies, Local History Societies and Museums as well as the Record Offices/ Archives and commercial exhibitors - Representatives from Bath Archives and the Somerset Heritage centre will be on hand to give advice.

Other local societies attending include Devon, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Glamorgan, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset & Dorset, Weston-super-mare, and Wiltshire.

We also have: Avonmouth Genealogical Group, Barton Hill Local History Society, Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society, Bristol Radical History Group and Bristol F.H.C (LDS).

Commercial exhibitors include Andrew M Punshon, CAB Search, D & B Rollinson (postcards), Joshua Horgan Print & Design, Past Lives, SearchMyPast, The Family History Partnership (books), The History Press (books), This Way Books, Unknown Solidier and WhoDoYouThinkYouAre? Magazine.

Representatives from the following groups will also be with us:- British Deaf History Group, British Association for Local History, Caribbean Family History Group, Families in British India Society, Guild of One Name Studies, Kingswood Heritage Museum Trust, National Waterways Museum, Remembering the real WW1, Romany & Travellers and the National Library of Wales......  

... and of course a team of people from BAFHS including the Sodbury Vale Group 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 commercial websites and publications, data CDs, books and storage materials 



Exhibitor enquiries welcome: