Our quarterly journal has been published continuously since the Society was formed in 1975. A complete set is available for reference in our Research Room in Bristol.
Each issue aims to keep members up-to-date about events that may be taking place and presents regular features and a range of articles about family history and local history. 'On the Internet' articles (see below) are reproduced on this website in the month of publication and 'My Parish' articles are published 12-18 months after publication in the Journal.
Journals are distributed to members each quarter (June, September, December & March) and members who join part way
through the membership year (which begins in April)
are sent copies of past Journals for that year.
Journal Editor - Jane Bambury
19 Harlech Way, Willsbridge, Bristol, BS30 6US.
Most issues of the Society's Journal contain an article about recent family history developments on the Internet; these are included below so that you can access the sites listed more easily by calling up the articles below and clicking on the links rather than by entering the web address into your browser. However, please note that links in older articles may no longer work.
On the Internet - September 2019
Except for the famous, whose lives may be documented in the serious newspapers when they die, obituaries can seldom be found these days. It was different when local newspapers were keen to publish anything about local residents, on the basis that it was bound to increase sales. More detailed than death announcements, and less formal than funeral reports, obituaries may still linger on in more rural areas, and were still quite common in the 1980s.
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On the Internet - December 2019
This is a shorter article than usual, because some of the time and space has been taken up with a separate review and commentary of the Bristol parish registers which are now on Ancestry. That review and commentary can be found at the end of this article.
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On the Internet - June 2019
When I first started writing about the internet, many of the family history sites which I described had been set up locally and included transcriptions and information compiled by an individual or by a small group. Over time, the people involved have lost interest or been unable to maintain or grow the site, and the sites have closed down as the fees to host them went unpaid. Two local sites that have become unavailable recently are The Portbury Hundred, which covered the Gordano valley, and Scribes Alcove, which was based in Thornbury. In the case of Thornbury, much of this information is now available on the Thornbury Roots website at www.thornburyroots.co.uk/, but note that some is on a sister site Thornbury Roots 2.
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On the Internet - March 2019
The GRO website (www.gro.gov.uk/gro/), 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. The years currently known to be affected are births in 1838, 1847, 1860, 1881 and 1902, and deaths in 1863. Further details are available in the Lost Cousins Newsletter dated 7th January 2019, which can be found at www.lostcousins.com. It costs nothing to register on the site, and the Newsletter is always a good and informative read, which is sent to you regularly by e-mail.
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