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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
April Newsletter 

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Dear Member
Welcome to our April Newsletter!  

With the vaccination programme against Covid-19 well underway some businesses and facilities are being allowed to reopen over the next few weeks although still under strict social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing etc regulations. 

We are continuing to review the situation and will let you know as soon as possible when we are able to reopen our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig and restart our branch meetings, but it is anticipated that some regulations will still be in place until the end of the current year here in Wales.  

Booking is required to visit the National Library of Wales for example and a limited number of researchers can be accommodated at each session.  West Glamorgan Archives are prioritising research using original documents.  Face to Face family history help sessions are still only available online.  Some archives are not allowing access to computer or microfilm readers.  All documents and books etc must be booked before a visit and will be quarantined for 72 hours afterwards.  Check their websites for further details of opening hours and other requirements if you are intending to visit.   Dates when the archives are re-opening are available below.  Time to make the most of those free downloads from the National Archives at Kew which are still available whilst restricted access continues.  

In the meantime we continue to offer our ONLINE TALKS PROGRAMME and talks have been scheduled until the New Year 2022.   It was great to see so many long term members at our online Annual General Meeting in March.  Over 70 members attended from all over the world.   Our non-local members have said how much they appreciate being able to take part in Society activities so we hope to continue to offer such opportunities even when the face to face meetings recommence.  The talk by Darris G Williams at the Annual General Meeting on the facilities on the Family Search website was enjoyed by all.  

Our membership subscription year for most ended on 31 March so please check whether you have renewed in order to continue to maintain your access to our website resources and ensure your June journal arrives on time.   If you have not renewed your access to the website will have expired.  We remove your details three months after the end of the membership year unless you have advised us that you do not wish to renew.  

It is planned to post the June journal towards the end of June this year in order to pick up any late renewals so there is still time to write up those stories you have been promising you would do when you had time..........


Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee
City Centre Community Hub

To include library, archives and family history centre

Closing Date: Friday 16 April 2021

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
Online Events - April
Book via Eventbrite - spaces limited 

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

Saturday 17 April - Well I didnt know that - Searching online newspapers - Sue Hamer

Thursday 22 April - Coffee & Chat

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.

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.

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.
Census 2021 - Writing up your own history......
During the weeks around this year's census date there were a number of items in the 'news' and Social Media about 'the census' and its importance.  I read an interesting item written by this month's speaker, Dr Janet Few, about how she had written about her own seven 'census' years.  She had written about her life in 1961, 1971, 1981 etc.  Just a short piece about what life was like, where she lived, whether the family owned a TV or car during each of those census years - so I had a go and started talking to my own children about it.   

I had to refer back to family photos to remind myself about some years and there were decades when a lot happened that would not have been shown in the census entries.  So that was also a good reminder about using other sources not just the census and writing up as you go along as memories fade or confuse when things happened - a very useful exercise - have a go and let us know how you get on!  

Commonwealth War Graves - The CWGC website now has a log in facility which allows you to save your searches.

Scotland's People - NEW Kirk Sessions records can provide a lot of detail about ancestor's lives.  Scotland's People

We have been in lock down on and off for a year now and many organisations have been  providing free talks via different platforms.  It is worth checking out for example different organisations who have pages on Facebook or You Tube for talks that have been recorded.

See Find My Past Facebook Page for some examples including Professor Martin Johnes research about the use of the Welsh language in the census  (1891-1911) returns:

Use the time to get to know the area where your ancestors lived -  Cynon Valley Museum have 

A Historic Walk around Aberdare
Theme - General

The June Journal will be delivered slightly later than normal towards
the end of the month.

Please make sure you renew your membership BEFORE 1 May to ensure you are on our mailing list for the June journal.  

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

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!  

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
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  
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