Bedfordshire Family History Society

Registered as a UK Charity No. 281677

Bedfordshire Family History Society

Bedfordshire Family History Society

About Us

Bedfordshire Family History Society (BFHS) was founded in 1977 to bring together those interested in family history, genealogy and heraldry, primarily in Bedfordshire, and to help co-ordinate research and to make our county records more freely accessible. The society holds regular monthly meetings, usually on the first Friday of each month (except August), and publishes a quarterly journal. Activities include transcribing and indexing county records, and copying and indexing monumental inscriptions.

Meetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford. Visitors or potential members are welcome.

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Part 1: Parish Registers and Non-Conformist Registers

A large collection of Bedfordshire Records is available on microfiche. Bedfordshire is unique in the English counties in having all pre-1812 parish registers transcribed, indexed and published. These Parish Register Series and the Non-Conformist Registers are sold under licence kindly granted by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Services.

Part 2: Census Indexes

Indexes to the 1851 Census are published in both book and microfiche formats

Part 3: Monumental Inscriptions

MIs are published in microfiche format

Part 4: Other Sources

The essential book on Bedfordshire research and general Bedfordshire publications on microfiche

Part 5: CD Roms

Including the PRIME parish registers CD and books published in electronic format

Part 6: Membership Subscriptions

Members living outside the UK/EU can join the Society or renew their subscriptions through GENfair.

Part 7: Research

Our volunteer researcher can carry out limited research for members, with particular emphasis on Bedfordshire Sources, which may not be available elsewhere.

Part 8: Parish Records on CD

Each CD, in addition to photographs, a county parish map and a description of the parish, contains transcripts of the Parish Registers from the earliest register up to 1812, and searchable indexes up to beyond the start of registration in 1837; transcript of the 1851 census and (where available) transcription of Memorial Inscriptions

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