November 10, 2014

On the Internet – September 2014

If you find poor law or census records indicate that members of your family spent time in the workhouse, Peter Higginbotham’s workhouse website at  provides details of each such institution together with a lot of general information about workhouse life. Peter has now produced a similar website for children’s homes at . It is still a work in progress, and although many homes are listed (68 in Bristol, for example), only a percentage have full details. However, you will usually find a map, information about who ran the home, who attended and when, as well as a list published items about the running of the school.

May 28, 2014

On the Internet – June 2014

The big news at the time of writing is the redesign of Findmypast ( Although this had been announced in advance, no-one was prepared for the degree of change, or the poor execution which was immediately apparent. Favourite features had disappeared, and using the site required a totally different approach, which did not go well with users. The forums were full of complaints, with threats to cancel subscriptions and even to take legal action under the Trades Descriptions Act.

April 2, 2014

Geoff Riggs Award

Bristol & Avon Family History Society has received a ‘highly commended’ award for our website from the Federation of Family History Societies.

February 21, 2014

On the Internet – March 2014

The centenary of the start of the First World War has brought a number of new releases of military records relating to this and other conflicts. Sometimes, there appears to be confusion in the publicity between war diaries, which are the official day by day records of individual service units, and those personal diaries kept by soldiers, sailors and others. Both have their individual value.

January 6, 2014

Early Bristol Burgess and Temple Church Marriage data – FREE

Roger Price has generously donated his collations and transcriptions of early Burgess records and the earliest marriage records for Temple Church (Holy Cross) so that we can make them freely available to you.

December 22, 2013
siston court


Andrew Plaster. Journal 149 September 2012
December 21, 2013
chewton men church 1890


Richard Loxton. Journal 148 June 2012
December 21, 2013
filton church pre 60


Andrew Plaster. Journal 147 March 2012
November 29, 2013

On the Internet – December 2013

There is a lot to get through in this edition, so the details I can give will be a little briefer than usual.