Bristol 2014 The City And Conflict From The First World War To The Present Day

Bristol 2014 is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership

First World War Centenary Partnership Programme

Bristol 2014 is supported by:

Heritage Lottery Fund Arts Council England Bristol City Council Business West Society of Merchant Venturers University of the West of England

It is coordinated by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership.

Your Family History

One of the aims of Bristol 2014 is to encourage people to find out more about their own family connections to the First World War.

Researching Your Bristolian Ancestors in the First World War: A Guide has been specially produced as part of the commemorative programme.

Written by local historian and journalist Eugene Byrne, the guide is full of helpful tips, useful links and words of encouragement. Topics include preparing to start your research, researching online, how to read old photographs, how to research Empire and Commonwealth soldiers, where to go when you get stuck and how to share what you have discovered.

family history guide

The guide is available free of charge from Bristol libraries, Bristol Record Office and other partner sites in Bristol 2014 while stocks last (copies must be picked up in person and cannot be posted). You can download it now as a PDF (see below).

The guide has been developed in association with Bristol & Avon Family History Society, and with the additional assistance of Bristol Record Office, the Local Studies Service at Bristol Central Library and local author Clive Burlton.

Further advice on how to research your ancestors was available at Bristol & Avon Family History Society’s Family History Open Day which took place at the University of the West of England Conference Centre at the Frenchay campus on Filton Road on Saturday 27 September. Formed in 1975, the Bristol & Avon Family History Society aims to provide contacts between members by regular meetings and through a quarterly Journal to assist members with problems encountered during research work.

PDF Versions of Guide

Download the PDF of the full guide HERE. (4.83MB)

Download a large-print PDF (no images) HERE. (584KB)


This would be really helpful for newcomers to family history – and anyone else interested in family history – it is really very informative.

The research guide was well put together, covered all the main sources and more, plus good background information.

… the booklet is packed with valuable information… [It] is a little gem for family history newbies, but particularly those with Bristol connections.

Your Stories

We will post here personal stories of family members from the First World War.

An Unfortunate Call of Nature by Simon Bennett

Injured in Battle - Uncle William "Woody" Woodworth by Simon Bennett

Seeing the World - Grandad Alfred Woodworth by Simon Bennett

My Father's Story by Robert Lloyd-Rees

St James Parish War Memorial by Rob Harding

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