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The Bolton Family History Society encourages and supports research into family history and works for the preservation of and improved access to relevant archival material. An important part of the Society's work is to educate researchers so that they may get the best out of their research through a regular programme of talks with speakers on topics relating to family history and local history within the Greater Bolton area.

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Bolton Family History Society General Meeting followed by

Researching Criminals in Bolton, by Dr Alan Crosby

Dr Alan Crosby is a very well-known local and family historian living in Preston, and is a regular visitor to the Bolton Family History Society.

This talk uses the county’s quarter sessions records (which are held at Lancashire Archives in Preston) to explore some of the murkier aspects of the Bolton area and its people in the reign of Charles I

Irish Research, by Carol Wells

Carol is a member of the MLFHS Tuesday helpdesk team at Central Library, Manchester with a particular interest in Irish Genealogy.

She has been researching the Irish branch of her family for over 30 years and has travelled to Ireland many times over a number of years visiting all the main genealogy centres in Dublin.  

The talk is a practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research using the main websites that are available and introducing some that you may not be familiar with. 

The illustration is of Tippings Street built 1820 and demolished in 1971 in preparation for St Peters Way

Quakerism in Bolton, by Gordon Benson

Gordon Benson is a busy member of the Pendle Hill Quakers Area Meeting, however they prefer the term Friends to Quakers which is a mere nickname. He has taken a particular interest in research and the history of the local Friends, and has been good enough to take it upon himself to look into local records, to help us understand how the group progressed in Bolton.

The Friends Meeting House in Silverwell Street is well known as a venue for many local groups in Bolton. However, many people know little of Quakers other than chocolates or their crusade against slavery.

This talk will explain how they worship and what they believe. The Society of Friends, to give them their formal name, has its roots in the radicalism of the English Civil War and it grew rapidly during the Commonwealth period. Since then it has developed worldwide particularly in America and Africa.

Quakers have had a continuous presence in Bolton for over 250 years, and some prominent local families have been members.

Society Meetings

The calendar shows our meeting programme for the planned future. Click on any highlighted date to see brief details of the meeting on that day.

To see the full details of the meeting, simply select the meeting you want to attend and click the Register Now! button to visit the Eventbrite booking site where you will find more details about the event and an online booking form.

Most of our events are open to both members and non-members alike, but there will usually be a small admission fee for non-members. Members should have their membership number handy as some events will request this to obtain a free member reservation.

Upcoming Events in Bolton

Bolton FHS Meeting - AGM and Research on Criminals in Bolton

7.30pm 3 Feb 2021

Rogue's Gallery: Crime and Criminals in Bolton 1625-1645


Bolton FHS Meeting - Irish Research

7.30pm 3 Mar 2021

A practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research


Bolton FHS Meeting - Quakerism in Bolton

7.30pm 7 Apr 2021

This talk will explain how Quakers worship and what they believe.