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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
July Newsletter - Cylchlythyr Gorfennaf

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Dear Member
Welcome to our July Newsletter!  

In Welsh July is Gorfennaf and translates to 'end of Summer' and although the days are still long and the nights short as we progress through the month our thoughts will start to turn towards the Autumn.  We have forgotten that August became the 'Summer Holidays' due to the fact that it would have been harvest time in many parts of the country and is for many the start of Autumn - so traditions change and the reasons are forgotten. 

We had a fascinating discussion at our last Coffee and Chat about writing up your family history when two of our members described how they go about it.  We hope to repeat this session later in the year as we all learned so much from each other and it helped us to focus on how we intend to pass on how we our stories to the next generation.  This chance to talk to other family historians has been one opportunity provided during the pandemic that we do not intend to lose once we return to face to face meetings.  Our ONLINE TALKS PROGRAMME continues for July before a break during August.  We will return with more talks, brickwall sessions and Coffee and Chat in September.

Our Executive Committee continues to meet online monthly and there is light at the end of the tunnel as some of our branches are currently looking at restarting their face to face meetings.  However this does depend on the individual venue's ability to comply with the current Covid-19 regulations and the size of the room in which the meetings are held.  Our September journal will provide information about their Autumn programmes and when and how the Branch AGMs will be held.  

We are currently looking for volunteers to join our Sales and Marketing Team.  Since there have been no face to face fairs for almost two years we need to promote our publications and need volunteers to come forward to take on this role (see advert below for more information).

We are also looking for volunteers to join an online Discussion/Project Group looking at how we can develop the website to include a discussion area and somewhere for members to record their research findings - again see more information below.  

The theme for our September issue is 'Women's stories' so let us have those articles, images, snippets by the deadline 20 July.   


Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee
Glamorgan FHS Online - Events - July
Book via Eventbrite - spaces limited 

Tuesday 6 July at 7.30 pm - Marriage Law & Practice (1837-1900) Professor Rebecca Probert - SOLD OUT

RESCHEDULED - Saturday 10 July - 11 am - Battalions and Brigadiers - Interpreting Military Records - Jeremy Konsbruck

Thursday 15 July at 7 pm - Coffee & Chat - Researching in Merthyr Tydfil

The Online Autumn Programme is being planned from September onwards. 

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

RootsTechConnect - Many of you will have enjoyed the first 'Virtual' RootsTech on 25 to 28 February.  All the talks are available for 11 months.  RootsTechConnect.

The Genealogy Show - 25/26 June - Now Online. - Access to the 80 presentations from this show are still available for £15 until 26 July.  

Events at Glamorgan Archives - Monday 19 July at 6 pm.  
What can we expect from the 1921 Census? - Jenni Phillips

Mayflower Conference - Online - 28 August - £5

4/5 September - Ancestor Journeys - 2 day online Conference - Society of Genealogists/Halstead Trust - Spaces Limited - Early Bird Tickets until 15 August

The Really Useful Show - Friday 12th and Saturday 13th November 2021.

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

As there are currently no local or national fairs where we can sell our publications we are looking to develop a Sales/Marketing Team to promote our Publications (Booklets, CDs - and shortly downloads).    
You will work closely with the Publications Team to identify products that can be promoted in the journal and on the website and via Social Media.   
We also ask anyone with local interest and knowledge of a particular parish who can write or provide images to support the promotion of individual products is also asked to contact us so we build up a useful bank of material and contacts.  
 If you are able to help with any of the above please contact:

We are looking for volunteers to join our Website Development Group to meet up online to discuss future developments such as:
adding a discussion area and 
 how we can get members to be able to share their research findings via the website.
 Some Societies get members to fill in an Ancestral/Pedigree File which is uploaded,
others have a forum,
but it might be better to have the material organised around a 'Place' ie members would be able to upload or comment on any research they have done linked to a place.

Just throwing some ideas around at the moment.  Would you be interested in joining our discussion group to take this further?   

  If so please contact:
Glamorgan Archives re-opened on 8 June for pre-booked searchroom visits.  

The searchroom is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10.00-12.30 and 1.30-4.00.  

See website for more information, how to book an appointment and order documents beforehand.  There is currently no access to computers or family history subscription websites such as Ancestry.  

It is worth watching the video explaining the procedures and what is currently available when visiting Glamorgan Archives.
National Library of Wales Volunteering

The National Library of Wales now has a Crowdsourcing Volunteer Website where you can volunteer from home on one of the projects listed, eg  transcribing Kyffin Diaries. 
NLW Crowd - Welsh Heritage Crowdsourcing Projects
You can also follow the Crowdsourcing projects on Twitter.   @NLWVolunteering
Family Search are now providing a 'look up' service if you cannot get to a local Family History Library.
West Glamorgan Archives Annual Report
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

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

We are still looking for volunteers to help develop the resources on our website.  If you have relevant skills or interests please contact:

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.

Register for tickets for up and coming events on Eventbrite
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.

We also have vacancies for TWO Trustees to serve on the Executive Committee.  

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
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