Our Featured Meetings

Our meetings are usually held on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Whilst these meetings have been arranged, it may be that Covid-19 regulations could change at any time. Please check here before travelling to find out about times and safely requirements for the meeting.

  • Irish Research, by Carol Wells

    Carol is a member of the MLFHS Tuesday helpdesk team at Central Library, Manchester with a particular interest in Irish Genealogy.

    She has been researching the Irish branch of her family for over 30 years and has travelled to Ireland many times over a number of years visiting all the main genealogy centres in Dublin.  

    The talk is a practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research using the main websites that are available and introducing some that you may not be familiar with. 

The illustration is of Tippings Street, built 1820 and demolished in 1971 in preparation for St Peters Way

Quakerism in Bolton, by Gordon Benson

Gordon Benson is a busy member of the Pendle Hill Quakers Area Meeting, however they prefer the term Friends to Quakers which is a mere nickname. He has taken a particular interest in research and the history of the local Friends, and has been good enough to take it upon himself to look into local records, to help us understand how the group progressed in Bolton.

The Friends Meeting House in Silverwell Street is well known as a venue for many local groups in Bolton. However, many people know little of Quakers other than chocolates or their crusade against slavery.

This talk will explain how they worship and what they believe. The Society of Friends, to give them their formal name, has its roots in the radicalism of the English Civil War and it grew rapidly during the Commonwealth period. Since then it has developed worldwide particularly in America and Africa.

Quakers have had a continuous presence in Bolton for over 250 years, and some prominent local families have been members.

Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

We hold our meetings at the Montserrat Room, [First Floor], Bolton Old Links Golf Club, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, BL1 5SU. There is ample seating and also room for a helpdesk, and a stationery (for sale) table. Coffee and tea is available and the bar is open. The room opens at 7-00pm for the helpdesk and meetings start at 7.30pm.

Our Venue

Bolton Old Links Golf Club has ample car parking facilities but access to the first floor is by stairs only. The venue is easy to get to by car and meetings are always popular and well attended.

About Our Meetings

Important Things to Know


At present all our physical meetings are cancelled. We are currently holding all meetings via Zoom, until such time that we can host them safely.


We may have to introduce a booking system when meetings resume, partly to ensure social distancing and to accord with any regulations that may be in force in the months to come.

Check first

As bookings are confirmed we shall provided dates for the meetings. Please check these pages and social media before travelling to ensure that the meetings are able to proceed as planned.

Bolton FHS meetings are usually held at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the

Montserrat Room, [First Floor],
Bolton Old Links Golf Club,
Chorley Old Road,
Bolton, BL1 5SU

The Society is a friendly group who are happy to welcome visitors [entrance fee £3] and ALL members of the MLFHS.  Tea / Coffee [£1] is available from 7.00pm, as are drinks from the bar.

The talk starts at 7.30pm. There is a table of free information/advice leaflets and old genealogy magazines and facilities to purchase stationery and various publications, and we have a Help Desk before and after every talk.