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Family History at West Glamorgan Archives

See what is on offer and explore some useful resources to help you trace your family tree.

Family history 5Tracing your family roots is a very popular pastime, and there are many places online where you can start to research your ancestors. Perhaps you have already had some help and advice to get started on these. But they are only the start: there is much more information available. This is our page to tell you about the services we offer here at the Archive Service to help you trace your family tree.

The Family History Centre
Book a one-to-one session
Read around the subject
Parish registers: what are they and what is available?
Going further: what other records might be useful?
What if I can't visit the service?
Leaflets and resources
 


The Family History Centre

Our Family History Centre is a specially designated room with a variety of genealogical sources on offer.

Find out how to find us and when we are open
 

Family History 1Book a one-to-one session

Here at West Glamorgan Archives, we have staff who can call upon years of experience, not just of the usual pay-per-view websites, but of a wide variety of other sources as well. When you visit us, you can consult with an expert: we can give you advice as you start your family research, or help you go further when you come to a standstill.

If you need more in-depth advice, why not book a one-to-one session with the family history expert? Sessions cost £10 for an hour's one-to-one. If you are new to family history and need to be shown how to go about it, or if your reseach has hit a brick wall, you can arrange to have a session with our staff to help you get moving. To find out more and book a session, telephone us on 01792 636589 or email westglam.archives@swansea.gov.uk.
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Read around the subject: family history reference books

In our Family History Centre there are books on all aspects of genealogy. There are books on how to get started, how to trace ancestors who were from particular places or who did specific jobs. There are maps of parishes, details about where records can be found, directories of the clergy and landed gentry, as well as the current issue and back copies of Family History magazine. The books are reference-only and are available to browse when you visit.
looking for a particular book? Try our online catalogue to see if we have it
 

Family history 3Parish registers: what are they and what is available?

Parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) are a crucial source for tracing your family tree, especially when you get back to the early 1800s. Here at West Glamorgan Archives you can see the parish registers for the whole of our area. To preserve the original registers, we have made facsimile volumes which are available to browse in the Archive Searchroom.

In addition, the Glamorgan Family History Society have made indexes to most of the parish registers in our area. These are available here at West Glamorgan Archives to make your search easier.

We have put together a PDF Document Guide to Parish Registers (PDF, 825KB)Opens new window to tell you about the information they contain, and which registers we hold. It includes a brief potted-history of each parish and church in our area.
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What other records could be useful?

Here at the Archives we think genealogy could be about so much more than lists of names and dates. Why not take the next step and learn about how life would have been for your ancestors? Find out where they lived and what it used to be like, what their job would have been like and how their community lived. Here are some of the document types that can help:

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Leaflets and resources

Here are some leaflets and resources that we have put together to help you with your research:

PDF Document 1. Poor Law Union records (PDF, 293KB)Opens new window
PDF Document 2. The Land Tax (PDF, 812KB)Opens new window
PDF Document 3. Ancient parishes in West Glamorgan (PDF, 603KB)Opens new window
PDF Document 4. Tithe maps (PDF, 450KB)Opens new window
PDF Document 5. Reading old documents (PDF, 709KB)Opens new window
PDF Document 6. Electoral registers (PDF, 835KB)Opens new window
PDF Document 7. Parish registers and chapel records (PDF, 2MB)Opens new window
PDF Document 8. Schools and their records (PDF, 2MB)Opens new window
PDF Document 9. Administrative area key sheets (PDF, 9MB)Opens new window
PDF Document 10. Coroners' records (PDF, 5MB)Opens new window
PDF Document 11. A gazetteer of localities in the West Glamorgan area (PDF, 5MB)Opens new window

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