Research your Bristol family history, genealogy and local history using these online resources for one of England’s oldest cities.
- Bristol Archives
Find out where the archives are located, what records they have, and how to view them.
BMDs & Parish Records
- Bristol Parish Records 1538-1812
Over 2 million baptisms, marriages and burials available to search.
- Bristol Baptisms 1813-1918
- Bristol Marriages & Banns 1754-1935
- Bristol Burials 1813-1994
- Bristol Parish Registers 1538-1900
Search and view the records on FamilySearch.
- Bristol Baptism Index
Search more than 500,000 names in this record set. The index includes 116 parishes.
- Bristol Marriage Index 1578-1939
Search over 350,000 marriages from Bristol parish registers.
- Bristol Burial Index
Search 273,000 records from over 70 parishes in the Bristol area.
- Bristol Cathedral Marriages
Marriages from 1615-1754 (PDF).
- Christ Church Baptisms 1754-1812
A PDF with quite a few names.
Crime & Punishment
- Bristol Executions
A list of those executed, their crimes and dates of execution from the 1700s and 1800s.
- The Bristol Riots
A list of those involved and caught in the riots. The convictions are also included.
The Kingswood Index
Over a period of thirty years, DP Lindegaard collected information from miscellaneous records including parish registers, newspapers, criminal records, wills and other sources to create an index of historical inhabitants of the Forest of Kingswood, including the parishes of Bitton, St George, Mangotsfield, Siston, Wick & Abson, St Philip & St Jacob etc.
This information is to be shared freely, and you are welcome to use this data under the license conditions (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 UK).
- The Kingswood Index A-B
- The Kingswood Index C-D
- The Kingswood Index E-G
- The Kingswood Index H-J
- The Kingswood Index K-O
- The Kingswood Index P-R
- The Kingswood Index S-T
- The Kingswood Index U-Z
- Pigot’s Directory of Gloucestershire 1830
The transcription contains 6,501 names, occupations and addresses of the residents of Bristol that have been extracted from the microfiche of Pigot’s Directory of Gloucestershire, 1830.
- Know Your Place
Explore your Bristol neighbourhood through historical maps, images and linked information.
- Bristol Maps
View and download old maps of Bristol and some town history.
- Bristol Royal Infirmary 1750-1775
An in-patient register index.
Photos & Postcards
- Bristol 1911-1939
Old historic photographs of Bristol between the wars.
Wills & Probate
- Index of Wills Proved in Bristol 1715-1858
View PDF documents of wills arranged by name, parish or occupation. You can then order a copy of the will.