Bristol Family History

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

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.

General Genealogy

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).

Historical Directories

  • 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.

Medical Records