Bristol & Avon
Family History Society

Family history for the former county of Avon. Award winning journals, meetings open to all, and regular research sessions with helpful volunteers.

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July 16, 2024

This Saturday – Ridgeway Park Cemetery Working Party

Our next Working Party at Ridgeway Park Cemetery (on Fishponds Road, in the North-East part of Bristol) is on Saturday 20 July 11am to 1pm continuing to clear brambles and weeds from an area under the cover of trees just in case the day proves to be hot and sunny. Parking is available and there is a cafe and toilets nearby. Contact Clare Hayward ( for further information. Please bring your own tools and a drink if required.
July 2, 2024

Research Room Closure – 3rd & 4th July 2024

Please note that the Research Room will be closed on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July due to its use as a Polling Station for the General Election. Normal opening times will resume on Wednesday 10th July. Bristol Archives (next door to the Research Room) are also closed on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July – please check their opening times before travelling.
June 19, 2024

Bath Group AGM – next Monday!

We invite you to join us on Monday 24 June for the Bath Group Annual General Meeting followed by a talk* entitled “Churchill’s Secret Chart Makers”, the story of the Hydrographic department based in Bath and Taunton where charts crucial to the D-Day landings were produced. Presented by Dr Adrian Webb. *It has been necessary to reschedule our advertised talk (Face-to-Face) which will now be given at the November meeting. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause. The AGM and talk are online and begin at 7.30pm and is available to members only (joining details sent by email).
June 11, 2024

Annual General Meeting and Talk

Our next meeting is on Monday 17th June when we will be holding the Society Annual General Meeting followed by a talk entitled “Darkest Hour”. The AGM Agenda and supporting documents are available in the June edition of the Journal and has also been emailed to members. YOUR SOCIETY NEEDS YOU to support the Committee and offer assistance in some roles. Following the AGM our talk for the evening, “Darkest Hour”, is the story of the little ships of Dunkirk presented by Paul Barnett. This event is online via Zoom beginning at 7.30pm and is available to members only with joining details sent by email. This is an especially important meeting for the Society and we look forward to seeing you.

Build your bridge
to the past with BAFHS

Formed in 1975, the Bristol & Avon Family History Society supports contact between members with regular meetings and a quarterly Journal. We assist members with problems encountered during research work.  The society promotes and encourages the public study of family history, genealogy and associated interests. Like most other family history societies, BAFHS is run by enthusiastic volunteers.