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 will be from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2019 in Constable Country, Essex.
The weekend will commence with a visit to Melford Hall, entry £9, (National Trust members free) in the village of Long Melford, Postcode: CO10 9AA. On Saturday a visit to Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Postcode: CO7 6UL. There is a parking charge of £5 (NT members free). Entry to the Mill is free. Flatford Mill is a 17th century watermill with a Millers cottage on the side of the River Stour. The scene is immortalised by John Constable in his painting of ‘The Haywain’. There is an exhibition of Constable paintings nearby and a Tea Room. Members can also visit St Mary’s Parish Church, Dedham: Postcode CO7 6DE, which also houses a fine Constable painting. There will be an evening meal on Saturday 14 September at The Angel Inn, Stoke Nayland at 7.00pm. Their menu is on the website but it is best viewed nearer the time as it is due to change between now and September. On Sunday members may like to visit 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. The cost of entry is £8.45. Accommodation is available at The Angel, Stoke Nayland, or the Premier Inn just off the A12 at Junction 29 with an associated restaurant.
Please contact Jenny if you are interested: 01489 783662 or email: JennyceBliss@btinternet.com