WELCOME TO THE BAYLISS LINE. This blog has been created for my family. By "my family" I mean all those who are related to the Bayliss family either by blood, marriage or even relationship. There are, of course, other Bayliss families not related to us but this blog has at its heart a very specific family who had their origins in Gloucestershire. I am connected to that family because my mother was a Bayliss and it was her curiosity that started my research back in the early 1990's. So, what are you likely to see on this blog? Well, as it is a blog, I want it to be as entertaining as possible rather that a dry listing of facts (that is for Ancestry.com). I will, hopefully, be posting entries on our ancestors and relatives, on the places where they lived, and the historical times they lived through. I have an extensive collection of photographs of people and places which I will, of course, be sharing.

I'd like to ask anybody who reads this blog to give me some feedback. I'd really like this to be a two way thing. It sometimes unearths new information and, to be honest, it gives me encouragement. There will be two ways of providing feedback - either through the comment button (you will need a Google account for this) or via the e-mail address which appears on this page - alternatively, ring me. Now scroll down to read the latest entries.....and, of course, via Facebook.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


I spent a lovely day yesterday when I was visited by cousin Alva and her husband Len. We had a long talk about our family memories and about the recent articles I have done about Alva's mother Phyllis's ancestors.
We went went for lunch at the Estuary Cafe at the Arches on the seafront where we were joined by cousin Ian.  After lunch we took a slow walk along the seafront with Alva and Len's two beautiful dogs and returned to Westcliff via the lovely cliff gardens.

Alva has kindly loaned me some photographs of her uncle Alec and her grandfather Alexander Brown in their snooker playing days. It is fascinating to see a picture of Alexander in old age looking very different from the picture in my article which shows him as a young man.  I will scan these pictures and publish them on this blog in the next couple of days.

Len and Alva

Honey and Indie

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