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

December 1, 2021

New: Bristol Administration Bonds 1661-1780 Index and Transcripts

By identifying the relationship between the deceased and those nominated to administer their estate, Administration Bonds can provide a valuable resource for the family historian.

November 19, 2021

Full reopening of Research Room

We are delighted to announce that the BAFHS Research Room at Bristol Archives has now reopened on the first two Saturday mornings of each month, in addition to Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoons. Pre-booking is not now required, although we ask visitors coming for the first time or with particular requirements to notify us in advance so that we are prepared. Full details are on the Research Room page.

November 8, 2021

The Really Useful Show 12-13 November 2021

BAFHS will be a ‘virtual stallholder’ at the Family History Federation’s event this Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November. We have a number of volunteers ‘working from home’ to deal with visitors to our stand – it’s just like a traditional Fair but online. Tickets are £10 and are available from the Really Useful Show website. If you’re not sure whether you want to attend, there’s a useful ‘preview’ facility so you can see who will be there before buying a ticket. *** STOP PRESS: You can also now visit the exhibition hall on Friday between 6pm and 10pm for free using this link***

October 28, 2021

1921 Census

The 1921 Census is due to be published on 6th January. To mark this event, we will be holding a Zoom talk about the 1921 Census on 31st January 2022. After 1921, the next Census to be published will be 1951 – the 1931 Census having been destroyed in a fire and the 1941 Census was cancelled owing to the Second World War.


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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