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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
End of Summer - Newsletter 

Dear Member
Here is our end of Summer (August) Newsletter - although if you siarad Cymraeg you will know that the Welsh for July is Gorffennaf (end of Summer) so that was a month ago.  August is always a month when Autumn commences in parts of the country.  The nights are certainly drawing in and over the past few days the temperature has dropped considerably here in South Wales.  We have forgotten that the reason the school holidays are in August is because in the past many children would have been involved in the harvest and that mid Summer was two month's ago.  

I am afraid that other Society commitments meant that it was not possible to provide a July Newsletter - the paper journal was being written and also we were planning our Autumn 'online events' by carrying out training with our volunteers in using Zoom and Mail Chimp so that we can offer alternative ways of keeping in touch with our members.

The Covid-19 restrictions still in place mean that our branch meetings remain cancelled although the Executive and Branch Committees continue to monitor the situation.   Our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig is also still CLOSED for the time being.   

Our Branches will shortly be contacting their local members to let you know when and how they will be holding their Branch AGMs, which would normally have been held in October.  If you are not local to South Wales and are interested in a particular area of Glamorgan or wish to be added to a local Branch mailing list please contact the individual Branch - contact details can be found on Page 4 of the Journal.  

Cardiff & Vale Branch have organised a series of online events for the Autumn.  The first of these is next Tuesday 1 September at 7.20 pm (BST) when there will be an online talk by Jenni Phillips 'Scrofula, Scarlet Fever and Sudden Visitations'.  The talk is open to all members of the Society.  Places are limited but can be booked via the Eventbrite link below which also has further information about the content of the talk:

Eventbrite - Scrofula, Scarlet Fever and Sudden Visitations - Tuesday 1 September

Once you have registered for the talk on Eventbrite an email will be sent to you before the event with a link to join the Zoom session.  

The following Saturday 5 September at 11 am (BST) - there will be a the first of a Brickwall/Beginners Session.  See Link below to register for this event.  
Eventbrite - Brickwall Series - Getting Started Online - Saturday 5 September at 11 am.

There will also be a more informal 'Coffee and Chat'  session each month - details to follow.  

You can register to be notified of further talks and events as they become available on the Eventbrite website.  

This is an opportunity for members not local to South Wales to take part Society events so if you have any thoughts on further events or are able to help or provide a talk or research guidance etc please let us know.   

Stay safe!

Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman & Website Manager
The September Journal has now been uploaded to the Journal Archive in the Members Only Area of the website.   
Journal 139 September 2020 - theme Barry.

National Library of Wales - Reading Room reopens on 1 September - Bookings required for half day sessions 10-12.30 and 13.30-16.00 Monday to Friday.   

National Archives (Kew) - Limited Service - Bookings and pre-ordering of documents essential Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-14.30.

Glamorgan Archives - CLOSED

West Glamorgan Archives - CLOSED

Check websites for changes to regulations.  England and Wales have different regulations with regard to the wearing of facemasks - now compulsory at National Archvies (Kew).
Theme - Black History
To coincide with Black History month and to reflect recennt events were are requesting material on black and mixed race families connected to Glamorgan/Wales.  
Please send any articles, Help Wanted etc to the Editor before the closing date.
People Like Us - One of a series of Robert Harding's
bronze sculptures at Cardiff Bay.
Online Events this Autumn

Many organisations are organising online talks and events.  Here are two that are replacing Family History Fairs this Autumn.

Saturday 26 September - The Family History Show Online replaces The Family History Show, Epsom.   10.00-16.30.  Talks throughout the day which can be viewed for 48 hours after the event.  

Glamorgan Family History Society will be having a 'stand' at this event when visitors will be able to chat and ask for help as well as posting queries.  

Saturday 14 November - The Really Useful Show - organised by the Family History Federation.  Further details to follow.  
Online Events - hosted by Family History Societies
The Family History Federation has a list of forthcoming online events

Check individual Family History Society's websites for further information.
Still available while limited opening service continues

Download up to 50 digitised items per 30-day period free of charge.  Usually the price is £3.50 per document.
 Only 10 items can be downloaded at a time, but when you have done so you can go back and collect some more (subject to the above limit). 

Scanned PDF images of the office copies of wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury are available on this basis as well as other digitized records. 
There are over a million wills to choose from:  Search for wills
In order to use the service you have to sign up for a free TNA account (or use your existing one).  Setting up an account is easy. The link to do so is:
The Prerogative Court of Canterbury was the senior probate court for
England and Wales until 1858.

Online Collections  - Some digital copies are available on Find My Past and Ancestry but if you do not have a subscription to both or either of these websites you can now access some of the National Archives online collections free at present while the Archives is offering a limited service.
Online Collections

The National Library of Wales is always a must for anyone researching Welsh ancestors.  And if you have a postcode in Wales you can now access Ancestry at home via the NLW website - see link below. 

Online resources at the National Library of Wales include:

Places Wales - Tithe Maps and linked indexes to the apportionments

Welsh Journals

Welsh Newspapers

....................... and many more.

Including while the Library is closed and you have a postcode in Wales -
ACCESS to from home.  
Ancestry link

Some local libraries are also now offering free access at home via your library card so check out your local library.  
Cannot find a place?

West Glamorgan Archives has a useful index on their website for places within the West Glamorgan area for old place names of farms etc that are no longer on current maps but that were on the 1870 Ordnance Survey maps.  

West Glamorgan Archives - Index of Old Names.

Dont forget to check out the free members resources on our website:  
Master Indexes: 
Baptisms, Marriages, Burials and Memorial Inscriptions
Exchange Journals
Final Resting Places
Volunteers Needed

Following the AGM held on Saturday 29 February we are still without a
Society Treasurer.

A small Finance Team is holding the fort by 'paying the bills etc' but as usual it means that the small team on the Executive Committee are having to cover even more roles.

As you will appreciate this is not a situation that can continue for a longer period of time and administration becomes even more difficult when individuals in the small team currently running the Society have personal or family commitments. So if you are able to help share the load and help out with any of the Society's administrative roles please let us know.   Many of the roles can be undertaken by individuals not local to South Wales.  
Job Descriptions for Society roles are available on the website - please help share the load!
Since Rootsweb mailing lists became inactive, discussion groups (email lists) for family history have been increasingly using , where some groups have been established for some time. Among them are
and the long-established
These are not affiliated to Glamorgan Family History Society but may be helpful to some researchers

Please be aware the due to the current restrictions our volunteers who adminster membership and send out publications are not able to post publications or bank cheques as normal and so we ask you to be patient during this present time. 
If you wish to know whether your cheque has been received you can check on our website where we will have renewed your membership as soon as the cheque is received.  You can also email our Membership Team on  
Gift Aid

UK members can now Gift Aid their subscription when paying online.  Please put a tick in the box on the form when completing your details to confirm that you are a UK tax payer and accept the conditions shown.

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