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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
March Newsletter 

Happy  St David's Day     1 March   
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant

Dear Member
Welcome to our March Newsletter which includes final information and arrangements for our first online Annual General Meeting. 

QUESTIONS ON REPORTS: In order to save time during the meeting and ensure that the relevant person is available to reply please submit any questions via email to BEFORE the meeting. 

Do not forget to register for the AGM as well as the talk which follows on Eventbrite (link below).
AGM & Talk on Family Search - Saturday 6 March at 2 pm

VOTING: Voting during the AGM will be either:
  •  by using the printed 'Voting Card' which can be downloaded from the Website or
  • by holding up a piece of paper with the word 'YES' printed on it
  • or by raising your hand. 
Society Officers will check and record voting.    Download Voting Card.

AGM Documentation

Thank you to those that have sent in their Postal Votes for Society Officers and Trustees (deadline 28 February 2021).  

COVID-19: With the first programme of vaccinations against Covid-19 now well underway in the UK we can perhaps at last see light at the end of the tunnel.  However at the present time we are not yet able to start to plan a return to face to face meetings as the restrictions on social gatherings are still in place. We will of course continue to review the situation and let you know as soon as possible when we are able to reopen our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig and restart our branch meetings.  

ONLINE TALKS PROGRAMME: Our online talks programme will continue into the Autumn and in fact we are aiming to continue these even when face to face meetings resume as they have proved so popular with our members near and far.  Our non-local members have said how much they appreciate being able to take part in Society activities.  We are therefore going to hold a few Zoom sessions whereby non-local members can give us their views on what to include in our ongoing online sessions.  We shall be advertising the first of these sessions shortly but in the meantime the Thursday evening coffee and chat sessions is time when ideas on new resources, research hints and other suggestions can be shared.  

Our March journal with the theme 'London Welsh' has been uploaded to the Journal Archive on the website - see link below.  

Our membership subscription year for most ends on 31 March so please check whether you have renewed in order to continue to maintain your access to our resources on the website and ensure your June journal arrives on time.   


Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee
Saturday 6 March 2021
at 2 pm followed by 
Talk on Family Search
Darris G Williams

Register for Free Tickets on Eventbrite.
A Zoom invitation will be sent out to those registered for the event a few days before the meeting. 

AGM documentation is now available to download from our website:
Draft Minutes AGM 29 February 2020
Finance Report.

If you have any questions on the reports 
please email any queries to
before Saturday 6 March. 

On behalf of 
Executive Committee, Glamorgan Family History Society
Online Events - March & April
Book via Eventbrite - spaces limited 

Tuesday 2 March – The Broken Branch - Name Changes in Family History - Ian Waller FSG FGRA  

Saturday 13 March - Battalions and Brigadiers?  Intepreting Military Records - Jeremy Konsbruck

Thursday 18 March 
- Coffee & Chat 

Tuesday 13 April – Ship to Shore: researching seagoing ancestors and coastal communities -  Dr Janet Few  

Register on Eventbrite to receive notification as soon as new events are added.  
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.

Would any of our overseas or non-local members like to take part in a Zoom session concentrating on your area eg Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, South Africa etc or even a particular area or state where Welsh people have migrated? 

The session does not need to be a full 'talk' or presentation although, if you know of a speaker who could provide such that would be excellent.  It could just be an informal discussion with a few members from that area or just a short talk on how you used the local resources in your area. 

This is something we would like to continue once face to face meetings resume so that contact with our Overseas members is continued.  

Sessions times would be timetabled to the appropriate time zone.  If you are interested get in touch - or

RootsTechConnect - Many of you will have enjoyed the first 'Virtual' RootsTech on 25 to 28 February.  All the talks are available for 11 months so plenty to keep you returning to the website if we have some cold, wet and windy days in March.  RootsTechConnect.

Saturday 10 April - 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.   

The Genealogy Show - 25/26 June - Now Online.

Links to other 2021 Events are available on the GENEVA section of the Genuki website.  GENEVA events listing.
Theme - General

Please send any articles, Help Wanted etc to the Editor before the closing date.
A new resource has been added to the Members Resources on our website - the history of the churches in the Roath area of Cardiff.  There is also an interactive map showing the location of each of the buildings and whether they are still in existence.  Click on the image to view and log in to the website.  With thanks to Roath Local History Society for permission to include this material.  

General Register Office (Birth & Death) Indexes

The covering dates for the General Register Office Indexes for ordering pdf copies have been extended.  

Births 1837-1934 and 1984-2019   These are particularly useful as they include mother's maiden name.

Deaths: 1837-1957 and 1984-2019.  These contain age at death.

There is no facility for ordering pdf marriage certificates.  

To search the indexes you will need to set up an account.  General Register Office
pdf Birth and Death certificates currently cost £7 as opposed to £11 for a full certificate.

Wills 1858+

Including Soldiers Wills.  These can be ordered direct and cost £1.50 each   
A bargain!   

Find a Will  (Probate Search)

There are three sections:
  • 1858-1996
  • 1996-to present
  • Soldier's Wills
Hint 1 - it is not worth ordering an Administration where there is no Will as there will not be any further information included in the Will than that given in the probate summary. 
Hint 2 -  Searching is easier if you find out the date of death especially if you have a common surname.  Probate usually, but not always, takes place within a year or so of the death.
Hint 3 - Soldiers Wills - a soldier may have two Wills - check both the Soldier's Wills database and the other database.

Wills are great for identifying siblings and married names especially where you are researching a common surname.   The disappointing ones are those that say - I leave everything to my wife.............  It is not only the rich that left wills - some are for very small amounts.  

Have fun!  

Standing orders are paid at the beginning of January each year.  If this applies to you please check that your Standing Order has been updated to the current annual subscription rate of £15 for UK and £20 for overseas membership.   
Incorrect amounts means additional work for our membership team in chasing and processing payments.  If there is a shortfall it also means that your membership will lapse part way through the membership year. 
Your expiry date is shown on the website when you log in under Membership Status and also on your journal envelope. 
Once membership lapses we remove personal details from our database, mailing list and website so access to the online resources will also cease at this date.   Once you lapse membership online cannot be 'renewed'.   A new account will need to be set up. 
If you need further information about your subscription please contact 
If you are receiving this Newsletter you are currently a fully paid up member but if you do not wish to receive further newsletters click 'unsubscribe' at the bottom of the email.

Restrictions continue following the announcement of  English and Welsh  'national lockdowns' - check relevant organisations websites for up to date information about access to documents and online resources.  Many staff working from home so email queries may not be answered as promptly especially where they do not have access to archive material.  

National Library of Wales

National Archives (Kew) 

Glamorgan Archives 

West Glamorgan Archives

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 - SOCIETY TREASURER

Following last year's AGM 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.
Job Descriptions for Society roles are available on the website - please help share the load!

Website Administrators needed to:
  • Update members details including annual subscription payments
  • Upload Exchange Journals
  • Update Journal Archive
  • Develop Members Interests resource to allow members to upload and edit their own interests.
An 'Introduction to the Website' Zoom Meeting will be held shortly to show anyone who is interested in helping with the Website Administration how things work. 

Anyone interested in attending this Zoom session or who needs more information  please make contact via:
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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