to Family History Research
Finding out about your family history is a popular pastime, and the increasing availability of information online makes it easier and more enjoyable than ever. We take you through your first steps, the type of records you will need and useful hints.
A selection of other useful websites
We've curated a selection of third party websites useful for family history research specific to the Bristol and former Avon area. Most of the sites listed are free to use, and the pay sites do not always need an expensive long-term subscription if you only need a small amount of data.
Our Research Room
A location for free resources and advice
Visit our Research Room at the Create Centre. Non-members are welcome - just walk in and sign our visitors book. You can also buy a range of books, fiche, CD's and we provide free access to the Ancestry, Findmypast and the UK National Newspaper Archive websites.
Data on this website
Discover family history assets in our Research Room library, local memorial inscription records, find BAFHS Journal articles, peruse Members Interests and more.
History of the parishes in the BAFHS area
Histories of existing BAFHS parishes and medieval parishes.
Local Burial History
Bristol burial grounds over the last two centuries
The discontinued cemeteries of the nineteenth century and new, private, Jewish and Catholic cemeteries.
The fascinating sources of some of our information
Records of the city's freemen, national censuses and personal wills