A branch of the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society

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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 Boltonís Genies Newsletter which is distributed by email only.

To join or un-subscribe from the mailing list Click Here

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

Bolton Meetings

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


Meetings from January 2016 will be 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 meeting are free for members of the MLFHS, £1.50 for non-members.

Guests and potential members are sure of a warm welcome. Tea & coffee are available in the room and drinks are available from the bar.

Unwanted genealogy magazines and CDís can be swopped/collected at the meetings.

At the 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.

Thursday, 20th October, 7.00pm,

Visit to the Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton

for a tour of the building. Meet at the main entrance.

Admission £2 includes tea/coffee.

Wednesday, 2nd November, 7.30pm,

Tony Foster, of Lancs OPC and Lancs BMD

will give us a "A deeper look at Civil Registration".

Tony will use his vast experience to help us delve deeper into registration.

Wednesday, 30th November, 7.30pm,

A Christmas Celebration - this is a ticketed event. Get yours at the October Meeting.


Wednesday, 11th January, 7.30pm,

David Burnham, Social Worker Historian 1900-1930

will talk about Bolton Workhouse Records, 1900-1930.

& the Poor Law Guarians who ran the workhouse.

Wednesday, 1st February, 7.30pm,

Dr Alan Crosby, Historian & University Lecturer

will talk about Sex and Sin in 17th C Lancashire

What did your ancestors get up to on those dark nights?

Wednesday, 1st March, 7.30pm,

Steve Gill, Photographer & photograph historian

will talk about The history of photography and photograph restoration

Wednesday 5th April, 7.30pm,

Caroline Furey Bolton Archives,Collections Officer

The pre-NHS health service in Bolton

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 7th October 2016.