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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
October/November Newsletter Cylchlythyr Mis Hydref/Tachwedd

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Dear Member
Welcome to our October/November Newsletter - a bit later than planned!  

We have been finalizing the December Journal which should be delivered to you the end of November/Beginning of December.  The next deadline will be 20 January for our March edition.  There is no theme this time so anything goes.

Nomination forms for Society Officers and Executive Committee Members are included with the Journal.  These need to be returned to our Hon Secretary, Jane Jones by 1 January.  For those who do not receive a paper journal they can also be downloaded from our website.

Nomination Form - Society Officers and Executive Committee Members 

** AGM Change of Date** Saturday 26 March:  We are currently in the process of organising a speaker for the AGM which once again will take place online via Zoom.  A link to book the talk and AGM will be circulated in our next Journal, via our Newsletters and the Website. 

While the Covid-19 restrictions continue there are plenty of new resources online to keep us occupied.  The 1921 Census launch date has just been announced as 6 January 2022.   The initial premium pricing structure of £3.50 for the original census entry and £2.50 for the transcribed entry (with a small discount for current subscribers) to cover the costs of digitizing 18 million records may mean that the site does not crash on 6 January but bookings at the National Archives at Kew where access to the material is free may be difficult to obtain.   
For further information

See Also the The National Archives for further information about the 1921 Census and a 1920s Exhibition highlighting the decade. 
'We are 20s People'
Follow #20sPeople on Twitter
Ancestry has new material including:  Removal of Graves and Tombstones 1601-1980, which includes memorial inscriptions for several Glamorgan burial grounds.

Ancestry also has FREE access to their Wartime Records until 12 November:  Wartime Collections
Also check out the digitization programme currently under way at

If you want some 'face to face' advice as well as our online sessions our Aberdare and Merthyr Branches have restarted their meetings (see our Website for Details).  Our Bridgend Branch are also offering Help Sessions at two local libraries between 10 and 12 on Saturday 20 November and 11 December.  For more details see poster below.  Email to book a slot.  


Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee

We were very saddened to hear of the sudden death of one of our stalwarts, for many years Society Trustee, 15 years Journal Editor, who also created our first Website.  With his wife Jean, he was instrumental in the creation, organisation and production of many of our publications for which, and other long term services, to the Society he was given Honorary Membership.  We send our condolences to Jean and their family.  
Online Events: Nov - Dec
Book via Eventbrite - spaces limited 
Monday 8th November - Swansea Branch Meeting Online -
Sue Hamer - Well I didn't know that - Unexpected stories from Newspapers

Thursday 18th – Coffee & chat: researching in Aberdare
Saturday 20th – Nick Davey – My ancestor was a WWII pilot 
Saturday 11th - Sue Mackay – Researching South African Genealogy

Register on Eventbrite to receive notification as soon as new events are added.  
London Branch of the Welsh Family History Societies

Saturday 12 November at 2pm
Online Talk via Zoom: Title Deeds - By Branch President Marie Alderman
To register for the talk 
Contact: Anne Jones, Secretary

The London Branch's meetings will continue online until the end of 2022.

We had a query at one of our Online Sessions -
Was there a Death Certificate issued for when bodies were sealed in a Mine after a Disaster?

It may have varied over time but for the Gresford Pit Disaster at Wrexham, Clwyd on 22 September 1934 a search on for a death registration of one of the men whose body was not recovered reveals that the death was registered in the September Quarter 1934.  

For a list of names -

Rhian Diggins from Glamorgan Archives gave us an excellent talk on Tuesday 2nd November on the Coal Mining Collection at Glamorgan Archives. 

There is a Research Guide to the Collection which lists the documents available organised by the name of the mine.   Research Guide:  Glamorgan's Blood - Colliery Records for Family Historians

The online catalogue also lists a collection of 5000 photographs, some of which have been digitized, and so can be viewed online.  Ref: DNCB/14  Photograph Collection 1877-1980
Handouts from Our Online Talks are Available on our Website: 
Members need to log in to view.
Memories of Merthyr in the 1830s

If you have ancestors in Merthyr and enjoyed Carolyn Jacob's talk you may be interested in the Merthyr History blog with contributions by some of our very knowledgeable Merthyr Branch members.

Currently they are serializing 'Memories of Merthyr in the 1830s' taken from the Merthyr Express and illustrated by coloured maps of the locations.   Memories of Merthyr in the 1830s

Subscribe by email to receive the next installment. 
You may have heard about the English Heritage project to digitally map memorials in Churchyards in England.  In Wales St Augustine's Church in Penarth is the first churchyard to be digitally mapped in Wales.  

Further information about the project is included in our December Journal. 

Access the records via the following websites;  Go to the ‘Projects’ tab, scroll down to Habitat and Heritage and you will find the link there, OR
London Branch - Title Deeds 
Talk Via Zoom
Researching in Aberdare?
Online Event:  Register on Eventbrite
Thursday 18 November at 7 pm - Researching in Aberdare
  Our Thursday evening Coffee and Chat sessions are all about members sharing their research knowledge and experience.  As we did during the session on 'Writing Your Family History' if there are any members who can share their experiences or knowledge of researching the Aberdare and surrounding area by doing a short presentation please let us know.  Otherwise we look forward to seeing you to chat about 'Researching in Aberdare'.  Contact:  

Friday 12 & Saturday 13 November  - Really Useful Show - following their first successful online show in November the Family History Federation are now planning a second and third virtual event.   Talks are recorded and made available for a short period after the show.   

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 December Genealogy Show - Winter Event   Following the success of their virtual event in June 2021 the Genealogy Show are returning in December with the event going live at 12 pm on Friday 3rd December.  Talks will be available 'On Demand' during the show and for 30 days. 

Links to other 2021/2022 Events are available on the GENEVA section of the Genuki website.  GENEVA events listing.
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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