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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
February Newsletter 

Saturday 6 March 2021
at 2 pm followed at 
3 pm 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. 

Postal Voting forms are available for anyone not able to attend the online event.  They are included in the Centre Insert of the March journal (due to be delivered mid February) and online via the link below:
Postal Voting Form.
These must be returned to Hon Secretary, Jane Jones, by 28 February.  
Dear Member
Welcome to our February Newsletter which includes information about our Annual General Meeting to be held online via Zoom on Saturday 6 March also our online talks being held this month and a plea for volunteers to come forward to help with the Society administration.

We have noticed an increase in the popularity of the online Zoom sessions since Christmas and in fact the talk on 2 February is SOLD OUT with a Waiting List in place.  You can book ahead for these talks so if you see a topic that interests you register for a ticket on Eventbrite straight away.  A complete list of the talks until the end of July is included in the March journal. 

The journal is currently with the Printers but should be with you by the middle of February - see image below - and will be uploaded to the website shortly

You will see in the Journal a plea for volunteers to come forward to join the Executive Committee as the Society Officers are now only able to serve for a maximum of five years without a break.  New Executive Committee members can be co-opted in order to shadow Society Officers before taking over their roles.

We are still without a Society Treasurer.  If we do not manage to fill this vacancy after this year's AGM then we will also need someone to take over the development of the Website as overseeing the Treasurer's role will take priority.   Website development can be done by a team of volunteers so if anyone is interested in this please contact   

Job descriptions for the volunteer roles where we have vacancies are shown on our website.  Some of these essential roles are currently being done by Society Officers and Committee Members additional to their primary roles.  Other areas of the Society's development has had to be delayed or cancelled due to a lack of volunteers.  We have currently suspended our Members Interests as there is no one available to update the out of date information on the website.   We intend to change the way this is administered to allow members to upload their own interests and so remove one administrative task but as yet no-one has volunteered to take on this task.  

We are offering more resources and events for our members than ever before but we can only continue to do so if we have volunteers coming forward to assist with the administration.  If you can help please get in touch.  

Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee

Tickets available to book via Eventbrite

Tuesday 1 February - Dating Old Photographs - Stephen Gill 
7.30 pm   SOLD OUT

Saturday 13 February -
Tracing your American Ancestors and relatives - Diane Brook

11 am 

Thursday 18 February - Coffee & Chat 
7 pm - The theme of this session will be migration resources so come along if you have questions on your ancestors that emigrated.

Online Talks - The National Archives have been providing a series of recorded talks on Saturday mornings at 10 am followed by a Q & A session.   
  • Researching your Family History at the National Archives,
  • Searching the Discovery Catalogue,
  • Researching Local History and
  • WW1 records. 
A Street Near You - Interactive map linking WW1 soldiers etc with their home address. 

More interactive maps:  

Know your Place, West of England - Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon

Layers of London

National Archives - digitisation of printed documents - medieval deeds  - Search Discovery Catalogue - currently free to download during lockdown.   Search for Glamorgan

Online Exhibition - Coleg Gwent photographic exhibition - Valleys Legacy Project
Theme - General

Please send any articles, Help Wanted etc to the Editor before the closing date.

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!  
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 host a Zoom session concentrating on resources in your area eg Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, South Africa etc or even a particular area or state where Welsh people have migrated? Our current journal was co-edited by London Welsh members and is full of local resources of interest to our members. 

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. 

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

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.  

Saturday 20 February - Family History Show Online - this replaces the Bristol/South West Show.  Online talks are available to view for 48 hours after the show.   Glamorgan FHS will have a stand and
be ready to answer your queries via a Live Chat.

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

Saturday 10 April - Really Useful Show - following their first successful online show in November the Family History Federation are now planning a second 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.

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.

Further restrictions are now in place 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 are now once again 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 heir own interests.
For more information contact:
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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