The Bidwell Family Association, who we are.
The Bidwell Family Association (BFA) was incorporated on June 14, 1976, in the State of New York. A non-profit organization dedicated to all things Bidwell, we gather once a year to renew family ties, exchange genealogical information and try to help a local charity.
The English origins of the Bidwell family in America have yet to be documented. But the stoutest branch on the American family tree starts with John Bidwell (1620-1687) from England, a documented founder of Hartford, CT. His known line of descendants is the subject of Volume 1 of Bidwell Family History, published in 1983 and now out of print. A new updated two-volume book set, published in 2011, is still available. Other Bidwell branches in the US and Canada arrived in North America after John of Hartford.
The records of the Bidwell Family Association date back to 1899. Branches in New England, California, New York and Wisconsin knew of each other. Most activity remained localized until the early 1970's when a concerted effort was made to document connections. Continued research and phone calls, home visits to study old diaries and family bibles, trips to courthouses, historical societies, and cemeteries built enthusiasm and membership, as well as a growing body of compiled material for a Bidwell book. Annual national reunions began in the mid 1970's. To date the BFA has held reunions coast-to-coast and in Canada and England.
WHY SIGN UP?
There are plenty reasons to join!
The Bidwell’s are a diverse family group of dynamic individuals; with various interests, backgrounds and life experiences. By joining the BFA, you gain insight into the Bidwell family and its history; access to other Bidwell’s who share a passion for history and genealogy and the chance to know yourself and your Bidwell family in the context of a larger group.
YOUR OWN PROFILE
We're all Bidwell's here, stand out with your own personal profile.
The more you're involved with us, the more you'll earn.
Bidwell Family Volume II Book Set
The two volume book set includes the lineages of the daughters and sons of John Bidwell, early Connecticut Settler. This two volume set was published in 2011 by the Bidwell Family Association. It is a must have for any Bidwell family member!
AROUND THE WORLD
Our Family spreads far and wide, here's your chance to connect with them.
Our annual reunion takes us to a different location each year. We've been to locations in the United States, Canada, and across the pond in England! Don't miss an opportunity to meet your Bidwell cousins and travel to new and exciting places!
TABLETS AND SMARTPHONES
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BFA REUNION HOSTS
We are always looking for BFA Members to host a BFA reunion in their area of the country. Working closely with the BFA Reunion Committee, hosting can be a rewarding experience as you welcome reunion attendees to your hometown! Contact the reunion committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As a member of the BFA, you can get involved! BFA Members can be nominated to sit on the Board of Directors, Chair a committee, or even hold an officer position!
THE BIDWELL CHRONICLE
BFA Members receive the association's newsletter, "The Bidwell Chronicle". Published quarterly, the newsletter keeps you up-to-date with family news. Births, Weddings, Graduations, Anniversaries, and Deaths are published in the newsletter. Historical tidbits, reunion information, and general announcements will keep you informed on what's next for the Bidwell Family Association! Contact the Editor at email@example.com
2019 Bidwell Reunion
The 2019 Bidwell Family Association Reunion will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from October 17 -21, 2019.
2020 Bidwell Family Association Scholarship
The BFA scholarship is offered to students graduating high school and entering a 2-year or 4-year college, vocational school, or trade school in the Fall of 2020. The applicant must be a Bidwell descendant by birth, adoption, or step-child of a Bidwell. If you are using a mobile device please use "contact us" to request the scholarship criteria and application.
HERE'S HOW TO GET INVOLVED!!
ATTEND OUR ANNUAL REUNIONS!
Since 1973, the Bidwell cousins have gathered for the annual BFA Reunion. Held in a different location each year, the reunion is a great way to explore the US, Canada, and overseas while meeting your Bidwell cousins from around the globe.
KEEP IN TOUCH!
Members have access to the next tier of the website which includes a messaging feature allowing you to stay in touch with other Bidwell cousins!