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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December 5, 2023

Hannah More – a fresh look – online talk

Please note change of venue for this talk – due to technical difficulties, it has been moved online and will not be at BAWA. Next Monday’s Bristol Group meeting is by John Page – “Hannah More and her Mendip schools: a fresh look at this subject”. Numerous books have been written about Hannah More and her life, but most of what is known about her charitable activities and schools around Mendip has been taken from information sourced from Hannah and her sister Martha. This fresh interpretation uses local sources (mainly from Cheddar) to offer a somewhat different view of events. The talk is online and begins at 7.30pm and is available to members only (joining details sent by email).
November 21, 2023

Keeping your family history records – digitally and online

Join us next Monday for the Bath Group meeting. Mike Slucutt, who many of you will know from our Research Room will be talking about the benefits of keeping your family history records and notes in a digital form rather than on paper. Mike’s talk is online and begins at 7.30pm and is available to members only (joining details sent by email). If you are not a member you can join BAFHS. Just visit and enjoy this and many other talks and benefits of being a member.
November 8, 2023

Find out more about Thankful Villages

Join us next Monday (13th November) for our Bristol Group meeting and talk entitled “Thankful? Villages of Somerset and Gloucestershire with no recorded war dead” by Steve Osman. Steve Osman is Secretary of Wrington Local History Society. Thankful Villages are those with no recorded war dead in 1914, also know as Blessed Villages and settlements from which all their members of the armed forces survived WW1. This is a hybrid event – both in-person (all welcome) and online (members only). Thankful Villages event
October 24, 2023

Behind the scenes of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

We are delighted to be welcoming Nick Barratt for our Bath Group meeting on Monday 30th October for his talk entitled “Family History and the Media: behind the scenes of Who Do You Think You Are?” In this talk, Nick explores the origins behind the show, with stories and case studies that reveal how the research was undertaken, the challenges faced along the way, and the wider impact that the show has had on the way a mainstream audience perceives genealogy. The talk is online only and begins at 7.30pm – joining details will be sent to members in advance. 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.