Our mission is to facilitate Bliss genealogical research, the celebration of the Bliss name and fellowship with all who are connected to the name in all parts of the world.
The Bliss Family History Society was created over 35 years ago to help members trace their Bliss ancestors, build their own family trees and share information, experiences and to bring distant relatives together. That was before the internet gave individuals almost all that information on a multitude of websites, to which more and more information is being added almost every day.
Today, the Society publishes the Bliss Magazine in June and December each year containing reports of it activities, information about its member’s family history research, articles produced by members, articles about Blisses of the past and any other items of interest to members.
Every year, there is a gathering at places of historical interest, sometimes having a connection with a famous Bliss and members can contact each other regarding common interests or to seek help with their own family history research.
The Annual Bliss Gathering was held from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2019 in Constable Country, Essex.
The weekend commenced with a visit to Melford Hall, a National Trust property in the village of Long Melford, Postcode: CO10 9AA. On Saturday we visited Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Postcode: CO7 6UL. Flatford Mill is a 17th century Watermill with a Millers cottage on the side of the River Stour. The scene was immortalised by John Constable in his painting of ‘The Haywain’. There is an exhibition of Constable paintings nearby, lovely walks along the River Stour, an ancient farmhouse to visit and a Tea Room. We enjoyed a boat ride on the river in glorious sunshine. In the afternoon we visited St Mary’s Parish Church, East Bergholt: Postcode CO7 6DE, which also houses a fine Constable painting. We were recommended to visit a near garden centre where we enjoyed tea in the garden.
Later we had an evening meal at The Angel Inn, Stoke Nayland. On Sunday we visited The Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market. The Gardens are especially for plant lovers as well as being creative. There is also a Nursery and a Tea Room.
Several members who had voted to choose this Essex venue, were unable to join us, but those who did, really enjoyed the weekend. Thanks to our Vice Chairman, Jenny Bliss for organising the weekend.