Bedfordshire Family History Society

PO Box 214, Bedford MK42 9RX
Patron: Dr Colin R Chapman MA, CEng, CSci, CChem, FEI, FNucI, FRSC, FRSH, FSG
President: Pamela Birch
Registered Charity Number 281677


For details of our Next Meeting please click here


AGM information and documents can be found in the Members Portal

Talk via Zoom now available as a recording in the Members Portal

We are pleased to invite BFHS members to watch a recorded zoom talk by Brian Kerr.
The talk is as listed in the journal:

"From John Bunyan to Malcolm Stewart: Changes in the Bedfordshire landscape from 1650 to 2000"

2020 Annual General Meeting

The postponed Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place online by Zoom on Friday 2 October 2020. The business of the meeting will start at 7:30 pm (British Summer Time). We will be sending an email to all members for whom we have an email address with details of how to take part in this meeting. Joining instructions will also be posted on the Members Only area of this web site, nearer to the date.

If you do not receive the invitation email by Friday 25th September it probably means that we do not have your current email address. In this case please email to notify us.

We hope that, as you will not have to travel to take part in this year’s AGM, many members who would be unable to attend in Bedford will join the meeting.

In view of the unusual circumstances this year members may still give notice of a resolution they wish to move and nominate members for the committee by email.

Any member wishing to move a resolution at the meeting must give notice by email, stating its terms, to to be received by Friday 4 September 2020.

Nominations for members of the Committee may be sent by email. Emails must be sent by proposer, seconder and nominee (accepting the nomination), each giving their membership number, to to be received by Friday 18 September 2020. Note: The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer were elected for 3 year terms in 2018 and do not need re-election this year.

Information and reports for the AGM can be found in the Members Portal

Talk via Zoom 9th Ocober

Log-in details for the zoom talk on Friday 9th October by Celia Heritage entitled ‘Tracing a 16th and 17th Century Family Tree’ may be found in the Members Portal

Coronavirus Update 23 Sep 2020

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BFHS Website

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Highlights of Information on Members Portal (password required)

Members' Meetings videos (when available)
Journals from other Societies
Lending Library listing (pdf)
Clapham Church Memorial Inscriptions
Funeral Directors’ records
Mary Phillips Clophill Archive

Update on Members Portal - June 2020

Funeral Directors Records (as at 24th June 2020)

We continue to work on indexing the Funeral Directors Records for Bedfordshire. To date we have completed three ledgers of T & E Neville Ltd. They are January 1905 to December 1913. We are pleased that we have been able to add images of all the ledgers indexed so far. The originals may be viewed in the Bedfordshire Records Office. There references are X843/16/1, X843/16/2 and X843/16/3. You can also view the 19 other ledgers which go up to 1955.

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.'

GDPR - June 2018


Postal & Online Shops

parist chestFor 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

Page last updated

Brian Payne