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 - March 2012
These articles usually concentrate on the latest developments at the major subscription sources, accompanied by details of smaller, free websites. This month, I am going to start with a new site which is quite expensive to use, but which can be invaluable if your research takes you in particular directions. It is the new archive of British newspapers at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk.
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On the Internet - December 2011
For some time, the only way to see General Register Office records of births, marriages and deaths online was through FreeBMD (http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/). This volunteer project is transcribing the GRO indexes, starting at 1837. Now that Ancestry, Findmypast and other online sources have got indexes to the same records, it is time to take another look at FreeBMD and see what progress has been made, and whether it is still useful.
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On the Internet - September 2011
In my article in the June Journal, I wrote about problems with the new FamilySearch database, where some Bristol events had been attributed to Abbots Leigh parish when they had in fact taken place elsewhere. This error now appears to have been corrected, and certainly some events that I checked are now shown as being at the right parish.
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On the Internet - June 2011
The big news for local researchers is the addition of over half a million Bristol parish records to FamilySearch. These cover Church of England parishes from 1837 onwards, and you may find BMD entries as late as the 1930s.
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