Research

The Society has a Bliss Genealogical Data Base (BGDB) and other genealogical material which is available from our Records Secretary. The BGDB includes all Blisses found in the complete Census Series of Blisses in England and Wales 1841 to 1911. We also hold thousands of extracts of Bliss family events from parish registers in many English counties, entries from Trade and Post Office Directories and many other sources. In addition to the BGDB we hold a complete index to Bliss birth registrations in England and Wales 1837-2005 marriage registrations 1837-2005 and deaths 1837-2005.

We also possess the three volume Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America, which the chairman or our North American Secretary will consult for lookups requested by members.

You can find some interesting information on the Bliss name by clicking on the links below which take you to pages on our previous website, but please note that some of the information on other pages of the previous website will be out of date, but hopefully this website is not. Please use the “contact” page on the above menu if you can help us to keep it up to date.

Origins of Bliss                              http://www.blissfhs.co.uk/origins.htm

The de Blez connection                http://www.blissfhs.co.uk/blay.htm

Eminent Blisses                              http://www.blissfhs.co.uk/eminent.htm

Pioneers, Settlers & Colonists  http://www.blissfhs.co.uk/pioneers.htm

Calendar of Bliss Marriages in Great Britain to 1575    http://www.blissfhs.co.uk/marriages.htm
Passengers, Arrivals Overseas and Court Cases            http://www.blissfhs.co.uk/themes.htm

Tom Bliss, our previous Chairman, has published a book “Homelands of Bliss: the British Origins of American Bliss Families” is now available on Amazon $32.05 (£24.81).

Alan Bliss, our Records Secretary writes:

This book is intended to help people in North America with Bliss family ancestry trace their English origins – especially those whose lineage can be traced to the early New England Bliss pioneers.  The author examines anomalies in previous information about American Bliss family heritage and successfully resolves the conflicting claims published on the internet and elsewhere about the British origins of American Bliss families.

Homelands of Bliss is comprised of three parts.  Part I is an introduction to the origins of the Bliss name and the Bliss coat of arms, followed by an easy-reading, potted history of the development of England and its people up to the time of the New England migrations. Part II examines the circumstances in which English folk emigrated to the early English colonies in America and sets out in detail all the known and proved facts about the English origins of the early Bliss settlers.  Part III examines and sets out the British origins of some Blisses who emigrated to America in later times.

Above all this is an excellent source of knowledge for all Americans searching for information about their Bliss ancestors in the UK

 

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