About Bolton

About Bolton Family History Society

What we do

The Society holds meeting at which talks on varied aspects of genealogy are given by experts in their fields. Where the speaker provides Notes, these are archived at the end of the Programme page. Tea, coffee and a bar are available before the meeting and there is also a helpdesk before and after the talk.

Keeping In Touch

Our digital newsletter, the Bolton’s Genies, is sent to over 400 email addresses each month, and Facebook page which has a following of more than 720 is regularly updated. The pages we contribute to the Manchester Genealogist magazine are sent to the 2000+ members of the MLFHS.

To contact the Society please use the Contact Us page.


We operate several helpdesk facilities including one at the Bolton History Centre with whom we enjoy an excellent working relationship. We hope to resume these activities before too long, and that would be an excellent time for you to join us. Change always begets change - now is the time to plan ahead.


We organise Workshops in various public libraries. They are open to members and non-members alike. Some are aimed at beginners whilst others are for the more advanced researcher.

Covid-19 Pandemic

We can do virtually anything! Meeting in person is, of course, not the best thing to do just at the moment. On these pages we give a flavour of what we have done and what we will do in the New Normal. With or without the New Normal, Bolton Family History Society is adjusting to new ways of keeping in touch and helping others with their research.

Always Something

The Bolton Family History Society holds monthly meetings with expert speakers on matters of interest, publish a digital Newsletter [Bolton’s Genies], contribute to the Manchester Genealogist magazine, have a Facebook page, helpdesks and workshops, attend fairs and organise occasional open days and visits for our members.

Upcoming Events in Bolton

Bolton FHS Meeting - Christmas food and drink through the ages

7.30pm 1 Dec 2021

Join us as we find out what the men, women and children of Bolton and Manchester would have eaten and drank over the Christmas period.


Bolton FHS Meeting - The Hidden Secrets of Marriage Registration

7.30pm 5 Jan 2022

Antony Marr's "The Hidden Secrets of Marriage Registration" is a follow up to last August's very popular talk, Birth and Death Registration