December 10, 2017

On the Internet – December 2017

About a year ago, the General Register Office launched the provision of new indexes of some births and deaths, and also trialled, for a limited period, the supply of certificates in pdf format at a lower price, something that family historians had been requesting for many years...
August 11, 2017

New Bristol Burials Index

An index of Bristol municipal burial registers covering Greenbank cemetery (1871 – 1991) was published by BAFHS in 2014 and is available from our website either as a CD or by download.

May 30, 2017

On the Internet – June 2017

Those with Wiltshire ancestry will be pleased to learn that Find My Past have released a set of over 5 million parish records. These include banns as well as baptisms, marriages and burials. Also Know Your Place has recently been expanded to include the whole of the present county of Somerset...
March 8, 2017

On the Internet – March 2017

After I had written my article for the December 2016 Journal, the General Register Office made an unexpected announcement. Some years ago, the GRO began a project to reindex and digitise its records in order to ensure that the available indexes were as accurate and useful as possible, and to enable the supply of certificates online...
December 7, 2016
Almondsbury Church


Andrew Plaister, Journal 161 September 2015
December 7, 2016
General view 1911


Andrew Plaister, Journal 162 December 2015
December 7, 2016
B&AFHS Parish Featured Image


Andrew Plaister, Journal 159 March 2015
November 23, 2016

On the Internet – December 2016

Just before starting to write this article, it was announced that the next phase of the expansion of Know Your Place had occurred. The site now covers the council areas of Bristol, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, and Bath & North East Somerset. Further expansion to include Somerset and North Somerset is planned...
August 27, 2016

On the Internet – September 2016

The big news this quarter is the release by Ancestry of Somerset parish records. These cover from the sixteenth century up to 1914. As well as baptism, marriage and burial, there are also school, confirmation and gaol records, and the records include digital scans of the originals which are admirably clear and legible, and can be enlarged to suit...