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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
October Newsletter 

Dear Member
Welcome to our October Newsletter with an update on our online events and useful resources to help with your family history research.  

We are currently in 'local lockdown' here in South Wales with restrictions on moving from our local areas.  New COVID-19 cases have continued to rise over the past few weeks and so re-starting our face or face meetings or re-opening our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig does not look likely until at least  the New Year or Spring 2021.   
Branch AGMs: Two of our Branches (Cardiff & Bridgend) will be holding their Branch AGMs online via Zoom in October.  The other Branches are planning to hold their AGMs as soon as restrictions are lifted and they can safely return to their venues with social distancing in place.   Contact the individual branches for more information.

Extra-Ordinary General Meeting: We shall be holding an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting on Saturday 7 November in order to make changes to our Constitution.  The amendments were included in the September journal and can be viewed on our website.   We need 25 members to make the changes so please join us at 11 am on Saturday 7th November and enable us to progress with these amendments which are outstanding from our AGM in February when we did not have a quorum.  This meeting should not take very long before the presentation can begin!   

Brickwall/Beginners Session 3: Following the short EGM will be the third of our Brickwall/Beginners Sessions 'Lost in the Census - Using family groups and other sources to find missing ancestors' - Sue Hamer.   

There are also other Online Events this month - see below for more details.  

For any of our online sessions click on the links below to book tickets via Eventbrite.

Stay safe!

Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 

These 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.   

Saturday 3 October at 11 am (BST) 
Beginners/Brickwall session on Landownership - Nick Davey

Join Nick Davey as he traces the history of two fields that James Harvey Insole purchased to build his house in Llandaff, in the County of Cardiff. Using a variety of sources from Tithe maps, Estate surveys, Tax records, Wills & monumental inscriptions he uncovers 150 years of history.

  • Discover what the available sources are for researching land ownership and if they are accessible online or not.
  • Tips on any available shortcuts to help you in your research and identifying when there is no alternative but a longer research strategy.
  • Plus, a recommended reading list and a handy list of useful websites.
Tuesday 6 October at 7.30 pm (BST) 
Cardiff Branch AGM and Presentation - 'Online Resources' - Sue Hamer
This will be an introduction to the Resources on Glamorgan FHS website; how to check for record collections on Ancestry and Find My Past; including new resources recently available.

Cardiff & Vale Branch AGM Documents can be downloaded here -
Cardiff & Vale AGM Documents - Members will need to log in to view.

Thursday 15 October at 7 pm (BST) - Coffee & Chat  - More information will be available via the Events Pages on our website nearer the date.

Extraordinary General Meeting 
Saturday 7 November at 11 am
followed by
Beginners/Brickwall Session 3 - Sue Hamer
'Lost in the Census' - using Family Groups and
other resources to find those missing ancestors.

The Extraordinary General Meeting should only last
for approximately 10-15 Minutes. 
The Executive Committee needs to make amendments to the Constitution. 
These were circulated to members in the September journal and are available on the website.
Proposed Amendments to the Constitution 
Members need to log in to view the EGM documents

Register for the EGM & Brickwall/Beginners Session 3 on Eventbrite
Further Online Events this Autumn

Many organisations are organising online talks and events.  

Saturday 14 November - The Really Useful Show - organised by the Family History Federation.  

The Family History Federation also has a list of forthcoming online events

Check individual Family History Society's websites for further information.
Theme - Black History
To coincide with Black History month and to reflect recennt events were are requesting material on black and mixed race families connected to Glamorgan/Wales.  
Please send any articles, Help Wanted etc to the Editor before the closing date.
Theme - London Welsh
Our March journal has been collated by members of the London Branch
of the Welsh Association of Family History Societies
If you have any Welsh ancestors who lived in London
please send any articles, Help Wanted etc to the Editor before the closing date.
UK Parliamentary Records Online -
Protestation Returns (1642)

Guide to Protestation Returns for Family History
"The Protestation Returns are the closest record we have to a census from 1642. By order of the House of Commons, all adult men were asked to swear an oath of allegiance to the Protestant religion in 1642. Their names were duly inscribed in a list in each parish, and the list sent back to Parliament. In a few areas such as Cornwall, people wrote their own names, and women were included. But usually a local official wrote out all the names. The Protestation Returns survive for about a third of English counties."

Coverage is about a third of English counties only -  Link to online publication on Google Books listing areas with surviving Protestation Records.  
Jeremy Gibson and Alan Dell (Federation of Family History Societies, 1995.

UK Parliamentary Records Online  - Click on Protestation Records and scroll through to County and/or Parish. 
Or  Search the online catalogue for Parish or Name.

National Library of Wales - Reading Room reopens on 1 September - Bookings required for half day sessions 10-12.30 and 13.30-16.00 Monday to Friday.   

National Archives (Kew) - Limited Service - Bookings and pre-ordering of documents essential Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-14.30.

Glamorgan Archives - CLOSED

West Glamorgan Archives - CLOSED

Check websites for updates. 
Booking and pre-ordering of documents is required as is the wearing of face masks. 

FREE DOWNLOADS - Still available while limited opening service continues
Download up to 50 digitised items per 30-day period free of charge.  Usually the price is £3.50 per document.
 Only 10 items can be downloaded at a time, but when you have done so you can go back and collect some more (subject to the above limit). 

Online Collections  - Some digital copies are available on Find My Past and Ancestry but if you do not have a subscription to both or either of these websites you can now access some of the National Archives online collections free at present while the Archives is offering a limited service.
Online Collections

The National Archives runs a series of online talks -
the current month are listed and include two 'Black History Month' items.
October Online Talks

Older recordings are available on their You Tube Channel including
a series on Beginning Your Family History.

The National Library of Wales is always a must for anyone researching Welsh ancestors.  And if you have a postcode in Wales you can now access Ancestry at home via the NLW website - see link below. 

Online resources at the National Library of Wales include:

Places Wales - Tithe Maps and linked indexes to the apportionments

Welsh Journals

Welsh Newspapers

....................... and many more.

Including while the Library is closed and you have a postcode in Wales -
ACCESS to from home.  
Ancestry link

Some local libraries are also now offering free access at home via your library card so check out your local library.  

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

Following the AGM held on Saturday 29 February 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.

As you will appreciate this is not a situation that can continue for a longer period of time and administration becomes even more difficult when individuals in the small team currently running the Society have personal or family commitments. So if you are able to help share the load and help out with any of the Society's administrative roles please let us know.   Many of the roles can be undertaken by individuals not local to South Wales.  
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

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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