Our Journal

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 are reproduced here 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.

We have an index of all family names in our Journals and another of all article titles in our Journals.

Journal Editor
Jane Bambury

Most issues of the Society's Journal contain an article about recent family history developments on the internet. However, please note that links in older articles may no longer work.

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
June 9, 2016

On the Internet – June 2016

The 1939 Register on Find My Past continues to provide useful information, and the occasional surprise, but it is easy to get carried away with the image of the original, and the transcription, and ignore the map and other data that is lower down the page...


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