This church was founded by the abbots of St Augustine’s monastery and is first mentioned in Gaunt’s deeds in 1240. It was rebuilt and restored a number of times and the churchyard was reduced in size more than once during the 19th century to make way for the expanding city. and those exhumed were reburied in Arnos Vale Cemetery. The church was damaged in WW2 air raids and the ruins were demolished in 1962; the land was then used for an extension to the adjoining hotel.
On the west wall of the North Aisle of the church is the Coston family memorial. It was erected by Edward Colston circa 1701 to commemorate his parents William and Sarah Colston – she died in 1701 aged 93 years. It also commemorates his four brothers: William, Robert, Thomas plus a second ‘William’ and two sisters Martha and a second ‘Martha’.
I start this quarter’s article with a website nearer to home – that of the Bristol Record Office. The BRO has recently received collections from two of Bristol's most famous photographers - Jim Facey and George Gallop, and has made 500 of these photographs available online.
The past year has seen some major changes in the number and style of family history websites, so in this issue I thought I would provide a summary of recent developments, especially for new readers and for those who have recently joined the Internet, There is also some information about other sites that you may find useful.
In the last issue, I looked at some websites and CDs which contain the basic national information for family historians – records of births, marriages and deaths, and the census. This time, the details are of websites with a more local focus, and some which will help you expand and put in context what you already know.
Even your Webmaster has problems with his computer, and the first draft of this article is being written on the number 2 machine, which is six years old, dreadfully slow, and uses a dial-up Internet connection.
As usual, since my last article there have been some major developments in the availability of family history information online, so much of what I write this time will be to update things that were in the last Journal.
The big news is that the GRO has agreed to lift the 100-year restriction on the publication of information on births, marriages and deaths.
Things happen quickly and unexpectedly in the world of on-line information, which means that sometimes what I write is out-of-date by the time you read it. That is the case with some of things I described in my article in the December 2002 issue of the Journal. Here is an update.
The big Internet family history development in the U.K. for 2002 was the late launch of the online 1901 Census. This became available on a trial basis in late August, and is now in the finals stages of testing and modification.