Family History Fair to be held at BAWA
IF you have an interest in, or a question about your family’s history, the Family History Fair on Saturday 28 September is an event you cannot afford to miss.
The Bristol & Avon Family History Society will be holding its Family History Fair at BAWA Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG. The day will be an opportunity for anyone who needs help or advice on family history matters to speak with local experts and representatives of Bristol & Avon Family History Society and other societies including Devon, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset & Dorset, Weston-super-Mare & District, and Wiltshire. More than 30 exhibitors have signed up to attend.
Representatives from Bath and Bristol Archives will be on hand to give information and advice. A number of local history societies and museums will also be attending to allow 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.
Bristol & Avon FHS itself will be launching its new CD of transcriptions and indexes of Bristol Apprentices Books in Bristol Archives covering the period 1532 to 1724.
There will be free introductory talks on ‘Starting your F.H. Research’ and ’Using the Internet’. These will be aimed at those who want to get started on researching their families. These will start at 10.30am and attendees will be given free informative handouts, magazines and other useful research and recording tools.
There will also be a number of other talks during the day on subjects including the Suffragette movement and its effect in the Bristol and Bath area and Canadian research. Also, there will be an updated presentation of the ‘Know Your Place West of England Historic Mapping Project’, which started in Bristol but which now covers historic Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon 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. Full details of talks and times will be advertised nearer the date.
The prizes in the free raffle include subscriptions to commercial websites and publications, DNA kits and books.
Doors open from 10am - 4pm and admission is £2, children FREE. This gives access to the Fair, entrance to all talks and the free raffle. There is ample free parking at the venue and a range of refreshments will be available or you can bring your own.
For more information, a full list of exhibitors and details of the talks please visit the B&A FHS website: www.bafhs.org.uk