Research your family history

December 19 2018

A taster session on how to research your family history and use the Ancestry website is being held at Redland Library on Thursday 24 January.

The event will comprise an introduction to genealogy followed by hands-on computer time. Two previous Family History events sold out.

“We have been overwhelmed by the interest shown in our Family History events,” said Lloyd Roberts, chair of the Friends of Redland Library.  

“Many people want to research their family history and just need an idea of how to approach it and what tools are available. Bristol Library members have free access to the Ancestry website and we will provide a basic introduction in its use.  It’s not just family history that you can research but it’s also the history of your house or street.”

The talk on the introduction to genealogy will be given by Stephen Williams, who was the MP for Bristol West from 2005 to 2015.  Politics is not his oldest interest.  He began tracing his family history at the age of 14, after the death of his father. He has spent over 30 years researching his roots in several parts of Wales and also Somerset, Wiltshire and Cornwall.  His trawls through official records led to him discovering that he was part Bristolian, with a great grandfather born in St Pauls in 1883.  

Stephen will speak about the joys and frustrations of trying to solve a never-ending personal history puzzle.  He will set out the records that are available to find out the names, addresses and occupations of your ancestors.  

 Support is available from the Bristol and Avon Family History Society genealogists.

 The venue is Redland Library and the event starts at 7pm, with doors opening at 6:45pm. Admission is £3 (pay at the door). Numbers are limited and booking is required by emailing