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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
December Newsletter    Cylchlythyr Mis Rhagfyr

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Dear Member
Welcome to our December 2021 Newsletter!

Although some restrictions are being reimposed here in South Wales we hope everyone is able to enjoy Christmas this year with their loved ones.   

A short Newsletter this time but with news of some great online talks and events again during 2022.   We are announcing some of them first only via the Newsletter and Journal so that members have a chance to book before we open tickets up to the general public as some of our speakers we feel will be very popular and may sell out quickly.  So have a look at what is on offer below and book as soon as possible.

Please Note:  *Change of Date* for our January Swansea Branch Online Talk - 'Celebrating Judaism with the Swansea Hebrew Congregation' - now Monday 14 February at 7 pm.

A reminder that nomination forms for Society Officers and Executive Committee Members need to be returned to our Hon Secretary, Jane Jones by 1 January.  They were included in the Centre Insert of the December Journal or can be downloaded from our website.

Nomination Form - Society Officers and Executive Committee Members 

** AGM Change of Date** Saturday 26 March.  A link to book the talk and AGM will be circulated in our next Journal, via our January Newsletters and the Website.  The speaker is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - final details to follow.  

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!  

Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee
Online Events: January & February 2022
Book via Eventbrite - spaces limited 
POSTPONED to 14 February
Celebrating Judaism with the Swansea Hebrew Congregation - Janet Neilson

Tuesday 11 January at 7.30 pm
Migration and Wales - Gill Thomas

Thursday 20 January at 7 pm
Preserving the Past - Lydia Stirling, Glamorgan Archives

Monday 14 February at 7 pm 
Celebrating Judaism with the Swansea Hebrew Congregation - Janet Neilson

Thursday 17th February at 7 pm
Researching in Cardiff & the Vale - Nick Davey

Tuesday 22 February at 7.30 pm
Using DNA for Family History - Michelle Leonard
Register on Eventbrite to receive notification as soon as new events are added.  

Saturday 19 February 10.00-16.30 - The Family History Show Online
Glamorgan Family History Society will have an online stall -
send us your queries via the online Message Board or speak to our Volunteers via the Live Chat.

RootsTech 2022 - Registration is now Open: 3-5 March

Links to other 2021/2022 Events are available on the GENEVA section of the Genuki website.  GENEVA events listing.
North East Wales Archives
Check out their records that have been digitized and are available online.
Handouts from Our Online Talks are Available on our Website: 
Members need to log in to view.
Attending Online Meetings 
1.  Free Tickets for our Online Meetings are made available via the Eventbrite Website. 
2.  Links to each individual event are provided on our website - AND
3.  In our monthly Newsletters.
4.  Click on the link on the website/newsletter to go to the event on Eventbrite.  
5.  On the Event Page click on the green 'Register' button and follow the instructions to book a free ticket.  
6.  You will be emailed a registration confirmation.
7.  A few days before the event you will be emailed a 'reminder email' about the event.
8.  A day or so before the event you will be emailed a Zoom link. 

You cannot access the event without this Zoom link so keep a look out for an email from Eventbrite in your inbox and spam folder.   

It is a good idea to check you have received the Zoom link a few hours before the meeting as the meeting administrators are not usually able to check their emails once preparation for the event commences ie within 20-30 minutes before the event start time.    

Using Zoom to join the Online Meeting
 1.  Download the Zoom program/App:  It is a good idea to download the Zoom program beforehand from the Zoom website.
2.  Alternatively you will receive instructions when you click on the Zoom link in your email (however this takes time if you do this just as the meeting is about to start) 

3.  Click on the Zoom LInk in your Eventbrite email: If you have already downloaded the Zoom program - Click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email.
4.  Check your camera and microphone: You will be asked to check your microphone and camera are working.
5.  Waiting Room: You will be placed in a Waiting Room until the Administrators are ready to start the event.  Some events have a large number of attendees so it may take a while to let everyone in.  

6.  Turning off microphones/cameras:  We will ask you to mute your microphones once you have joined the meeting.  Also turning off your camera once the event starts can save bandwidth and help if you have an intermittent internet signal or are using Wifi.  

We hope to see you at our Online Meetings - Enjoy! 

If you have any useful tips and/or resources to share with other members - let us know and we will include in the next Newsletter and/or quarterly journal.
Reopening Dates - Booking Required

Check relevant organisations' websites for up to date information about opening hours, COVID-19 procedures in place, access to documents, how to book, readers tickets etc.  

National Library of Wales

National Archives (Kew) 

Glamorgan Archives 

West Glamorgan Archives
Register for tickets for up and coming events on Eventbrite

Our online events are open to ALL current members near and far
and are an opportunity for members not local to South Wales to take part Society events. 
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.

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

The most convenient way for us to receive your membership subscription is via the Website.  You can pay via Pay Pal, debit or credit card but you do not need to have a Pay Pal Account to do so. 

We now offer membership to commence four times a year in 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October with the first paper journal being received the quarter after joining in March, June, September and December.  Past journals are available on the website in our Journal Archive.   

Membership and access to the website is automatic if you pay via the website.  If you pay or renew by any other method eg Genfair, Standing Order or cheque then administration may take up to a week for the transaction to be processed and the website updated especially at busy times of the year.  So where possible please pay via the website as it cuts down our admin considerably.

We still have a few members that have not updated their Standing Order to the current membership rates.  These members will only receive the number of paper journals for the amount that they have paid and their access to the website will also cease at that date.  . 

The date that membership expires is shown on the envelope of each quarterly journal and also when logging in to the website.   If you have let us know your email address you will also be sent an automatic reminder just before and after your membership expires. 
 For more information contact the Membership Team:
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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