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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
November Newsletter 

Dear Member
Welcome to our November Newsletter with an update on our online events and useful resources to help with your family history research.  

With the lockdown restrictions changing frequently here in the UK there has never been a better time to 'stay home' and write up your family history or tackle that brickwall.    

A reminder that we are holding an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting next Saturday 7 November in order to make changes to our Constitution.  The amendments were included in the September journal and can be viewed on our website.  Amendments to Constitution  Members need to log in to view.  

We need 25 members to make the changes so please join us at 11 am on Saturday 7th November and enable us to progress with these amendments which are outstanding from our AGM.

There are also other Online Events this month - see below for more details.  

For any of our online sessions click on the links below to book tickets via Eventbrite.

Stay safe!

Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
Saturday 7 November at 11 am
followed by
Beginners/Brickwall Session 3 - Sue Hamer
'Lost in the Census' - using Family Groups and
other resources to find those missing ancestors.

The Extraordinary General Meeting should only last
for approximately 10-15 Minutes. 
The Executive Committee needs to make amendments to the Constitution. 
These were circulated to members in the September journal and are available on the website.
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution 
Members need to log in to view the EGM documents

Register for the EGM & Brickwall/Beginners Session 3 on Eventbrite
Tuesday 3 November at 7.30 pm (GMT)

This talk will cover the basics of Will writing and administration of Estates upon death including:

  • Capacity to make a Will
  • Reasons for making a Will
  • What happens on Intestacy?
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • What is Probate, when is it required and how to obtain a Grant
  • Some unusual/interesting bequests


Monthly Coffee and Chat Sessions - third Thursday at 7 pm 
Next - Thursday 19 November at 7 pm 
Theme:  Family History Software
Book your tickets on Evenbrite.
Our Coffee and Chat Sessions have been very informative for all participants with old and new members gaining information about various areas of research.  Here are some of the tips from our October Session:   

Coffee and Chat Tips

Welsh Research: Irish Research:
  • Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy Toolkit -
  • Ireland Genealogy Reaching Out  -
  • Irish Civil Registration updated  -
  • Irish Graveyards -
  • Ireland Genealogy Projects -
Land Ownership: Medieval Soldiers -

Bristol Museum & Archives - New Collection: British Empire and Commonwealth Collection
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.
Further Online Events this Autumn

Many organisations are organising online talks and events.  

Saturday 14 November - The Really Useful Show - organised by the Family History Federation.  

The Family History Federation also has a list of forthcoming online events

Check individual Family History Society's websites for further information.
Theme - London Welsh
Our March journal has been collated by members of the London Branch
of the Welsh Association of Family History Societies
If you have any Welsh ancestors who lived in London
please send any articles, Help Wanted etc to the Editor before the closing date.

Saturday 20 February - Family History Show Online - this replaces the Bristol/South West Show

Rootstech Connect 2021 - 25-27 February - this event, normally held in Salt Lake City,  will be held online which means that it is possible for us to enjoy three days of talks.  Register to receive updates on a wide range of talks.   Rootstech Connect

ADVANCE NOTICE: Date for your diary - Saturday 6 March - Glamorgan Family History Society - Annual General Meeting - Online - Speaker Darris Williams, Family Search.   Further details and how to book available soon. 

Further restrictions may now be in place following the announcement of  English and Welsh  'national and regional lockdowns' - check relevant organisations websites for up to date information before planning to visit. 

National Library of Wales - Reading Room  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 updates. 
Booking and pre-ordering of documents is required as is the wearing of face masks. 

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.  

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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