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The BLAISDELL FAMILY NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (BFNA) was organized on August 15, 1935, to represent the descendants of Ralf Bleasdale - who was born in Hawkshead, England, 1593, sailed on The Angel Gabriel, and was shipwrecked at Pemaquid Point, ME. on August 14, 1635. At least 37 spellings of Bleasdale have since evolved, the most relevant being Blaisdell, Blasdell, and Blasdel. Other variations include Bleasdell and Blasdale.
The Blaisdell Papers, published regularly since 1935, is the fifth oldest family publication in the U.S. It documents the genealogy, vital statistics, current and past activities of the descendants of Ralf Bleasdale. Published biannually in June and December, the Blaisdell Papers accompanies membership in the BFNA. Dues for basic membership are $25 a year, payable in advance. Gift memberships are $20 each. A DVD containing publications of the Blaisdell Papers (1935-2010) may be purchased for $15.
The BFNA has recorded genealogical and historical data on computerized files since 1935. Over 88,666 Blaisdell descendants are documented in the lineage-linked Personal Ancestry File (PAF) accessed by the BFNA Genealogist. Notes are maintained with information relating to biographical sketches, obituaries, vocations, military service (including Revolutionary War service notes), education, affiliations, census data and other sources of information.
BFNA members are encouraged to review, verify, and send current family information to the BFNA Genealogist and the Vital Statics Editor to update and maintain accurate records.
Annual or biennial reunions are held regionally in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina and Wisconsin.
National reunions are held every five years, alternating between regional locations and Pemaquid, Maine (where Ralf Bleasdale landed in 1635). Recent reunions have taken place in Amarillo, TX, in 1990; Portland, ME, in 1995; Greensburg & Guilford, IN, in 2000; South Portland, ME, in 2005; Mt. Vernon, IL, in 2010, York ME in 2015, and River Falls, WI 2021 (Rescheduled from 2020).
The BFNA cooperates with other historical and maritime groups interested in recovering and raising The Angel Gabriel. Periodic updates appear in the Blaisdell Papers. We are also cooperating with the Maine Historical Society to preserve Blaisdell items.
WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE BLAISDELLS?
Would you like to win a one-year membership to the Blaisdell Family National Association and Blaisdell Papers? Enter your photo associated with Blaisdell by submitting it to the Facebook page— Blaisdell Family National Association. One of our BFNA officers, John Blasdel, Jr., has graciously offered this sample. The contest will conclude on January 31, 2024.
We look forward to viewing entries from our large family across the nation.
Thank you for your donations!
A huge thank you to everyone who donated to this most important project. Because of your donations we've surpassed our goal of raising $2,000 for the restoration of the Pemaquid Point plaque.
The plaque will be unveiled during the 2025 BFNA National Reunion to be held in Maine. Details of that reunion will be released when the agenda has been set.
If you missed donating for this project, please consider donating to the one of our other funds. Your help is always greatly appreciated!
Many people have contacted BFNA board members wanting to know about the 2025 National Reunion.
We've begun planning for the 2025 National Reunion to be held in Maine. As we're still very early in the planning stages, no date nor location details other than that the reunion will be held in Maine are available.
We'll keep you informed as more details become available.