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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& Events

September 17, 2021

Secondhand Book Sale

We have a range of secondhand books for sale about “old Bristol”. They are mainly pictorial books by Janet and Derek Fisher or Reece Winston and are mostly in very good condition and some are new. For a list of titles giving condition and price, please contact our shop administrator at:

August 16, 2021

Bristol Open Doors 2021

As part of the “Bristol Open Doors” event, the Research Room will be open on Saturday 11th September 2021 from 10am to 4pm. Visitors will be able to disuss family history and seek general advice from our volunteers. It will be necessary to book in advance by purchasing a bracelet from the “Bristol Open Doors” website ( So why not combine your visit with a “Behind the Scenes” guided tour of Bristol Archives – we are located in the same building.

June 8, 2021

New history website

A new website has been launched which brings together the life’s work of local historian DP Lindegaard. She has been researching local social history for nearly 50 years. During this time she has collected information on a wide range of people living and working in the West Country including miners, ethnic minorities, petty criminals, sailors, Tommies, benefactors, brassmakers and many more.

May 25, 2021

Reopening of Research Room and Bristol Archives

The BAFHS Research Room has now reopened, but with changed hours and prior booking required because of the present circumstances. Go to the Research Room page for full details.


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.


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