Bristol to host Family History Fair

Published on: 24 Aug 2017

Bristol and Avon Family History Society are holding a free Family History Fair on September 9 at British Aerospace Welfare Association (BAWA) Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road,  Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG.

The day will be an opportunity for anyone who needs help or advice on researching family history to talk with local experts and representatives of Bristol and Avon Family History Society. 

If you have an interest in, or a question about, your family’s history this is an event you cannot afford to miss. Representatives from Bath Archives and the Somerset Heritage Centre will be on hand to give advice, plus more than 30 exhibitors, including a number of local history societies. Museums staff will be there too, allowing visitors to gather more information on the work and living conditions that their ancestors may have experienced. 

New and second-hand books, postcards, maps, family history CDs, software and accessories will be available from a range of commercial exhibitors while Bristol and Avon FHS itself will have many of its own publications at reduced prices for the day.

Former Society Chairman Geoff Gardiner says: “This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who has yet to start their family history research to come along to our free event and get an introduction to the basics before they start. A wide range of experts from different organisations can also be consulted on the day about those ‘brick walls’ everyone finds at some point in their research.

There will be a free introductory talk on ‘Starting your Family History Research’ at 10.45am. All attendees will be given free informative handouts, magazines and other useful research and recording tools.

There will also be four other talks during the day on the subjects of:

‘Giving Your Research The Who Do You Think You Are? Experience’ by Sarah Williams, Editor of the magazine of the same name.

‘The Know Your Place West of England Historic Mapping Project’  by Peter Insole, the lead officer of the original project which started in Bristol but which now covers historic Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as Bristol and Bath. The talk will be tailored to how the mapping system can be used in family history research. 

‘Researching Adoption’ by Dr. Penny Walters, professional genealogist, who will outline useful processes for this area of research from her own experience.

‘Don’t Throw that out! The Delights of Ephemera’  by Dr. Jane Howells of the British Association for Local History. Jane discusses why you should not necessarily throw things out when they may be of value in your research. 

There will be a raffle for prizes which include subscriptions to commercial websites and publications, data CDs, books and storage materials. Doors open from 10am - 4pm, with refreshments available.

For more information, a full list of exhibitors and details of the talks please visit the B&A FHS website:

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