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Pre-1852 Surnames Index to Bedfordshire Parish Registers
The index has been available in CD format for a number of years but we are now pleased to offer this revised issue of the Index FREE of charge in PDF format by clicking on the following here.
Talks via Zoom now available as a recording in the Members Portal
We are pleased to invite BFHS members to watch recorded zoom talks by:
Talk via Zoom 12 February 2021
Log-in details for the zoom talk on Friday 12th February by John Pestell entitled ‘Bunyan, Bedford and Beyond’ may be found in the Members Portal.
Accessing Poor Law Records in Bedfordshire
Poor Law records are an invaluable source when it comes to finding your ancestors.
Prior to 1834, help to the poor was administered by local parishes. In Bedfordshire you can find out if your ancestor received help from their parish by searching the ‘Bedfordshire Parish Poor Law papers 1622-1834 Index’ which is available from Bedfordshire Family History Society (BFHS). The index gives the name of the individual, the Poor Law document issued, and the parish or parishes concerned.
The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 took away responsibility from individual parishes and created poor law unions which grouped parishes together. Access to these poor law union records for Bedfordshire are available on-line via Ancestry.
However, Ancestry does not have access to the records contained in the ‘Bedfordshire Parish Poor Law papers 1622-1834 Index.’ The index is only available from BFHS. You can purchase it as book for £7.50 (plus postage), or C.D. for £6.00 (including postage). These are available from BFHS by clicking on ‘Society Information’ then ‘Bookstall’ and ‘Publications’ and then completing the order forms in our Publications List. Alternatively you can order through the online bookshop Genfair or Parish Chest.
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Update on Members Portal - Jan 2021
Funeral Directors Records
We continue to work on indexing the Funeral Directors Records for Bedfordshire.
If you are a member and have not had a look at our members only page then go to the Members Portal button and fill in the request form. A username and password will be sent to you. You will require your membership number and email address. If you are not a member but think you may enjoy the journals or find the Funeral Directors Records of interest or have a look at the other items then why not join us, To do this click on ‘Society Information/Membership.'
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GDPR - June 2018
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Postal & Online Shops
For details of Books, CDs and additional goods concerning the county of Bedfordshire available from BFHS please click on ‘Society Information’ then ‘Bookstall’ and ‘Publications’ To order - use the order forms in our Publications List. Alternatively you can order through the online bookshop Genfair or Parish Chest
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