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.

Sunday, 23 September 2012


As a sort of postscript to the story of the Brown family, cousin Alva has sent me this picture of a truly delightful family heirloom that originally belonged to her grandfather, billiards champ Alexander Brown (see previous posts) and which has been passed down through the family to Alva. In its pristine condition this lovely scene was encased in a glass fronted box. The box itself is currently being renovated and this has given us a chance to see it without having to look through glass. Many thanks to Alva for sharing this.

Do you have an object which has been passed down through your family?  Something with a special story attached to it?  Why not share it with us here. I have a paper knife made from a bullet that was probably brought back from the Western Front by my grandfather and a wooden owl that used to sit on my gradmother's shelf.   I know that cousin Ian owns my grandmother's (and his) chair. I, of course, own several objects which were highly prized by my own mother - particularly interesting is a small notebook full of sketche's  made by her husband's father, my namesake.  Family history isn't just facts and figures, it is all around us.

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