The Bristol and Avon Family History Society (BAFHS) have produced a number of indexes to the baptism, marriage and burial registers of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.  When I was in their Search Room last week the news was that Family Search has integrated these indexes into their free searchable database.

I understand there have been a number of teething problem with the integration of the two databases but these are being addressed.

If, like me, you find the new Family Search website frustrating to search, alternatively you can purchase these index CD’s through the Society Shop on its’ website.

The BAFHS indexes are a fantastic resource and the members of the Society who transcribed the documents and brought it all together have provided researchers around the world with a huge helping hand.  Good though it is, as all researchers know, transcriptions and indexes can have errors and omissions and when using this resource the original document must ALWAYS be checked for accuracy before accepting the data.