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.

Monday, 18 March 2013


Another period of inactivity from me - this time the result of a period of poor health. Hopefully things are on the mend and I should be starting the article on my uncle Stanley Bayliss very soon and this will include information on his wife Gladys's family.

Some of you, I know, bought and read Sidney Day's wonderfully evocative book about growing up in the Dartmouth Park Hill area so when my second cousin, Peter Barker, provided me with his own memories inspired by the book I asked if I could share them with the rest of the family. Peter, who shares my Great Grandmother Mary "Polly" Abbotts, grew up in exactly the same area as Sidney Day so it is good to compare their memories. I have decided to put the piece on my companion blog DOWN THESE STREETS and you can read it either by clicking on the title here or by the link in the right hand column.

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