A branch of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society


Society News

  • A page has been added to this site containing links to various webpages with video content which may be of interest, the page can be found here.
    19 Mar 2018
  • Bolton's Genies March Newsletter is now available here.
    11 Mar 2018
  • After a further change, the speaker and subject for the March 2018 talk will now be, Steven Halliwell, on Moses Holden 1777 - 1864: Self-educated Genius.
    5 Mar 2018
  • Bolton's Genies February Newsletter is now available here.
    9 Feb 2018
  • Following the talk by Mark Campbell - Scottish Family History Research, a handout with further information can be found on the handouts page here.
    8 Feb 2018
  • Bolton's Genies January Newsletter is now available here.
    13 Jan 2018
  • A 4 Week Course to help gain additional knowledge, and further your research is being offered during February, further details can be found here.
    (Please note the course is now in progress and is fully booked)
    13 Jan 2018
  • The Bolton History Centre will be closed for refurbishment between 15th January and the beginning of March 2018, see details here.
    (Update: the centre is now open again)
    13 Jan 2018
  • Following the talk by Dr Alan Crosby - Buddles and Bear baiting, a note of the sources has been provided, and this can be found on the handouts page here.
    13 Jan 2018
  • Happy Christmas, as a present, you can find the answers to the Christmas quiz here.
    24 Dec 2017
  • Bolton's Genies December Newsletter is now available here, together with the 2017 Index here.
    12 Dec 2017
  • 2018 Programme of talks is now available
    Copies of the 2018 programme of talks, can be obtained at the meetings, the Bolton History Centre or Local Libraries.
    17 Oct 2017

All correspondence should be sent to our email address:bolton@mlfhs.org.uk

The Bolton Branch of the MLFHS is a local society dedicated to the study and recording of genealogy and family history.

Whether you are new to genealogy or an experienced researcher we aim to provide meetings and activities that will be of interest and assist you in furthering your researches.

Note: the MLFHS webpages [left end of the tab bar above] also have useful information.

BFHS produce The Bolton’s Genies Newsletter which is distributed by email only.

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The Newsletter Archive can be found under the Misc tab above.


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Bolton Meetings

All members of the MLFHS are welcome to attend our meetings.

Meetings are held at the

Montserrat Room, 1st Floor,

Old Links Golf Club, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5SU.

Old Links Golf Club Plan

Our meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm.

There is parking for 70 cars.

The meetings are free for members of the MLFHS, £3 for non-members.

Guests and potential members are sure of a warm welcome. From 7.00pm tea & coffee are available in the room, and drinks are available from the bar.

Unwanted genealogy magazines and CD’s can be swapped/collected at the meetings.

At the beginning and end of every meeting there is a Help Desk, manned by experienced researchers, available to assist you with your genealogy problems.

The Meeting Handouts Archive which can be found under the Misc tab above has a downloadable/printable copy of the programme.



Wednesday 4th April, 7.30pm,

Jackie Depelle, Chairwoman, Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies, 17 years a lecturer

will give a talk entitled "Writing Your Family History – Moving on from record sheets and charts"

Wednesday 2nd May, 7.30pm,

Gillian Lonergan, Librarian, Co-operative Heritage Trust, National Co-operative Archive

will give a talk entitled "Researching the Co-op"


Wednesday 6th June, 7.30pm,

Dr Michael Nevell, from the University of Salford

will give a talk on Worsley New Hall & Gardens

The families who lived and worked there, and the renovation of the gardens to RHS status.


Wednesday 4th July, 7.30pm,

David Tilsley, an archivist, at the Lancashire Archives

will give a talk on Using manorial records for family history research


Wednesday 1st August, 7.30pm,

David Hearn, Author and historian

will give a talk on War Memorials WW1 grave markers, and the Pilgrimage trips


Wednesday 5th September, 7.30pm,

David Burnham, Social historian and author

will give a talk entitled "Dark Days, Dark Nights: Bolton’s Home Front, 1938 – 1945"


Wednesday 3rd October, 7.30pm,

John Smith, from the National Association of Memorial Masons

will give a talk on Headstones and how to get the most information out of them


Wednesday 7th November, 7.30pm,

Tony Foster, Projects co-ordinator of LFHHS

will give a talk entitled "Protestation Oaths - What were they, and what can they tell us now?"


Wednesday 28th November, 7.30pm,

Christmas Party, this event will be ticket only


Reports of earlier meetings can be found in the online copies of The Manchester Genealogist Magazine which can be seen in the Members Area accessed from the MLFHS Home Page.

The Bolton pages on this website were last updated on 19th March 2018.