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

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.

Parking Restrictions

There will be restricted parking available at Gloucestershire Archives site in Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester from Mid March 2018.

>Alternative car parks are available in the area.

The Family history centre remains open as normal.

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.

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

Revised War Memorials Transcribed by GFHS

A revised list of all War Memorials Transcribed by GFHS members as

at 19/02/2017 is now available.

Greetings from the new Journal Editor

I would like to introduce myself as the new Editor for the GFHS Journal. I am very excited about taking on this position, and look forward to receiving your contributions to the Journal.
In my professional career I am an Executive Editor in scientific, technical and medical publishing, and I am pleased to bring some of these skills to the Society Journal. I have been researching my own family history for about 10 years, with ancestors based mainly in Gloucestershire and Yorkshire.
Please send your letters, news items, readers’ queries and articles for the Journal via email ( by the following dates: 15 April 2016 (Summer issue), 12 August 2016 (Autumn issue), 14 October 2016 (Winter issue) and 13 January 2017 (Spring issue). Content can also be sent to the Family History Centre (Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3AH). I welcome any feedback on the Journal (likes and dislikes), and this can also be sent to
I look forward to receiving your contributions and thoughts.
Clare Curtis