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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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 14, 2024

Ridgeway Park Cemetery Working Party

The next working party will be on Saturday 22nd June 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. Since our April event the rain and the sun have encouraged significant growth, not only here, but in all the Bristol Cemeteries and this has proved to be more work for their few staff. They are very grateful for the help we can offer so PLEASE make an effort and join us. 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.
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.
May 15, 2024

Manor Court Rolls & Genealogical Research

Next Monday’s Bath Group meeting is a talk from our President Colin Chapman about “Manor Court Rolls & Genealogical Research”. The manorial system was based on feudal allegiance by which tenants could be sure of certain rights (e.g. a secure tenancy) in return for regular service (e.g. payment of rent, by tilling fields, or serving in a military force). In this illustrated lecture Colin describes how the system was managed, from before 1066 until 1926, through a series of Courts at which tenants’ names and activities were recorded, traditionally on rolls – ideal for genealogical research. Colin Chapman is, of course, President of BAFHS. He is also an international speaker and author of 15 books relating to British local, social and family history and heraldry. This talk (Monday 20 May) is online and begins at 7.30pm and is available to members only (joining details sent by email).

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.