March 11, 2019

On the Internet – March 2019

The GRO website, with its increased information and flexible search options has been of great value to family historians, but all is not perfect. It has now emerged that some index entries are missing, and in some cases, duplicated...
February 28, 2019

Bath Historical Directories

The ‘History of Bath Research Group’ are publishing digitised version of the Bath Directories.  They have been working for the 4 years on this project and launched in November at one of their meetings, with a total of 15 of the 60 available directories completed.  They are continuing to add directories as they are available. 

November 25, 2018

On the Internet – December 2018

Recent articles have tended to concentrate on the major family history websites, so it is good to start this time with some useful data collected and published locally. The website of Keynsham & Saltford Local History Society already contains some excellent transcriptions of records, including baptism, marriage and burial records from both Anglican and non-conformist churches...
September 5, 2018

On the Internet – September 2018

The first development to report is that Know Your Place has been extended again and now includes the County of Devon. Many Devon people came north to Bristol in the early nineteenth century, and the site can now help you locate more precisely where they came from, with its collection of Ordnance Survey maps, tithe maps and town plans...
June 19, 2018

On the Internet – June 2018

Findmypast seems to have been making the running in recent weeks as regards new releases. Ancestry in contrast sometimes claims something as new when it has already been announced...
April 3, 2018

On the Internet – March 2018

A variety of sources are used to write these articles. I seldom use the information which appears in the glossy family history magazines, since these are often press releases written before the new data is actually available, so can be uncritical and lacking detail. Some websites are suggested to me, and I naturally use the regular announcements made by Ancestry, Findmypast, and other well-known sites...
March 29, 2018

Members only special deal: Every Ancestor Matters Conference – Bristol

You may already be aware that the “FFHS Every Ancestor Matters Conference” will be held at Bristol Museum’s M Shed on Saturday, 14th April 2018. The normal admission price is £39-50 but Bristol & Avon Family History Society members may attend for the reduced price of £29-50. For more information or to book your place, please click this link specifically for B&AFHS members:

February 8, 2018

New burial index – Bunhill Fields, Bristol

Bunhill Fields (Redcross Street, Bristol) Burial Ground Registers 1805-1880
Perform an internet search for “Bunhill Fields” and you are likely see results for the Burial Ground in the London Borough of Islington. However, there is also a Burial Ground of the same name in Redcross Street, Bristol (now the site of St Matthias Public Park). Two recently discovered registers for the Bristol Bunhill Fields Burial Ground have been transcribed and published by our project team and are now available as a downloadable PDF file priced at £5. For further details or to purchase, please visit our GENfair stall.


December 10, 2017

On the Internet – September 2017

Just after I wrote my previous article, it was announced that North Somerset maps had been added to Know Your Place and that there was now complete coverage for Bristol and the old counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset...