Do you have Australasian Ancestors?

To celebrate National Family History Month in Australasia, the Federation of Family History Societies has updated Our Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet. You can download it for free, here:

The FFHS has produced the leaflet in association with the Society of Australian Genealogists and Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations.

The leaflet focuses on how to research your ancestors if you live in Australasia. It is also a great resource for UK family historians who may have had ancestors who went to Australasia, either because of forced transportation or due to emigration.

The leaflet gives a long list of websites and has a how-to guide. It also lists family history societies that can help with your research.

Stop Press: Remembering Rodborough 23 August

The Rodborough Project welcomes you to our next archive exhibition
at The Old Endowed School
Walkley Hill

on Wednesday 23rd August from 10-12

“We’ve called this one ‘Stop Press’ as we are very excited to have been
given a large box of negatives from the closed Gloucestershire Gazette
office. A generous community grant from the from the Rodborough Summer
Social event has enabled us to develop them.”

“We’ll have all our archives there too and the fabulous Coffee Pot team
never disappoint us with their tempting array of cakes.”

Bristol Fair 9 September

 Bristol & Avon Family History Society

Family History Fair 2017

Saturday 9th September


B A W A Leisure Centre

589 Southmead Road, Filton,

Bristol BS34 7RG

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Help and Advice from Family History Societies, Record Offices and other local and national organisations

New and Second-hand Books, Postcards, Maps, Family & Local History CDs and more from Commercial Exhibitors

‘Introductory Tuition for Beginners’ session plus talks on researching adoption, the importance of ephemera, the ‘WhoDoYouThinkYouAre?’ experience and Know Your Place, the historic mapping project.


The Society WILL HAVE AVAILABLE on the day its new CD of transcriptions of Bristol Municipal Cemetery records.

For more details see:

our website

Summer edition of the Journal available

You can find the latest edition of our Journal in the members’ area. You will need to be logged in of course. All the online journals are in the journal archive

Trips to the National Archives in May and September

Rose Hewlett is very grateful to everyone who replied to her recent email about the GFHS-organised trips to The National Archives. The responses have helped enormously with planning for 2017.

She is pleased to say that for this year the cost remains the same and that there will be the added advantage of a pick up at Whitminster.

Leaving TNA at 6.30pm avoids the worst of the traffic and still allows for the bus to get back to Gloucester around about the same time as usual – so the day shouldn’t be any longer but everyone  will have an extra hour at TNA.

The majority of respondents suggested two trips per annum. These have been arranged on (Tuesday 16 May successful) and Thursday 21 September. Fuller details are in the form here. Please send your booking forms and cheques back to Rose directly. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact her.

Trip to the National Archives in September

Rose’s second trip of the year is on Thursday 21 September. More details and the booking form are here.

New CD Available

Gloucester Crematorium registers have been transcribed by Barbara Osborne and her team of society volunteers and cover the period Jan 1953 to Feb 1975.

GBRG Mini Conference


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Helping each other

In addition to our regular Facebook page we have now introduced a new ‘group’ page . The intention is that this new page will be  a ‘self-help’ location – a place for group members to post queries and for other member to  answer those queries. The existing ‘regular’ Facebook page will continue as the place for ‘postings’ of a more general nature.
The new page has been set up as a ‘closed’ group, which means that only group members can post queries and see the replies. To become a member of this group, click here:  then click on the green ‘Join Group’ button. Your group membership will have to be approved by the administrators, but we will try to respond as quickly as possible.

New Facebook pages for Members Only

In addition to our regular Facebook page we have now introduced a new ‘group’ page – a ‘self-help’ location a where group members can post queries and other member can answer those queries. You can find a fuller description here