Bridgend County Borough Council,Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB

Tel: 01656 643643
Text Relay:
18001 01656 643643
Fax: 01656 668126
Email: talktous@bridgend.gov.uk

Opening times
Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm

How to find us

Local and Family History Centre

Ty'r Ardd
Sunnyside
Bridgend
CF31 4AR

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Tel: (01656) 754810
Email: localandfamilyhistory@bridgend.gov.uk

 

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Local And Family History

The Local and Family History Centre at Ty'r Ardd, Bridgend, houses a substantial collection of research materials for local and family historians.

Certain materials are available only on microfilm or microfiche and it is advisable to reserve a reader before your visit if you intend to use these items.

The Library regrets that it cannot undertake extensive research or genealogical searches on behalf of readers but will be pleased to answer shorter queries by post, Fax, telephone or e-mail.

Staff in the Local Studies Library offer a free hour long tutorial in the use of material held in the library, with particular reference to the Ancestry website. To book a session, please ring 01656 754810

 

Opening Hours   
Monday 9.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00
Tuesday

9.00 - 13.00

&

14.00 - 19.00
Wednesday 9.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00
Thursday 9.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 19.00
Friday 9.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday 9.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00
Sunday CLOSED  

 

Indexes to births, marriages and deaths in the Glamorgan Gazette

Bridgend's local newspaper is an invaluable source for family historians as it has provided details of births, marriages and deaths in the local area since 1866. The library service is undertaking a project to make this information available to researchers via our website and we are now releasing the first fruits of our labours. Simply click on the relevant year in the table below and this will open a PDF document of the data. Please check back over the coming months as we hope to regularly add more indexes to the list.

Births

Marriages by Groom

Marriages by Bride

Deaths

1866

1866

1866

1866

1867

1867

1867

1867

1868

1868

1868

1868

1869

1869

1869

1869

1870

1870

1870

1870

1871

1871

1871

1871

1872

1872

1872

1872

1873

1873

1873

1873

1874

1874

1874

1874

1875

1875

1875

1875

1876

1876

1876

1876 

1877

1877

1877

1877

1878

1878

 1878

1878

1880

1880

 1880

1880

       
 

1914-1918

     
Births   Marriages by Groom Marriages by Bride Deaths   MIA  
 1914  1914  1914  1914  1914
 1915  1915  1915  1915  1915
 1916  1916  1916  1916  1916
 1917  1917  1917  1917  1917
 1918  1918  1918  1918  1918

 

Family History Resources

Ancestry .co .uk

 Ancestry.co.uk is the UK's Number One family history website and provides access to:

  • 953 million searchable UK family history records
  • The most comprehensive online collection of England, Wales and Scotland Censuses from 1841 to 1901,the fully indexed England and Wales Birth, Marriage and Death records from 1837 to 2005, the British phone books from 1880 to 1984, UK Incoming Passenger Lists from 1878 to 1960, the London Historical records, 1500s to 1900s, and other records dating back before the 1300s
  • The world's largest collection of family trees with more than 3 billion profiles from over 100 countries in 30 million member trees

Click here to delve into your family's past and learn more about your ancestors' lives

http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/

*Only available for use in the library.

National Information

GRO indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths in England and Wales 1837 - present

  • via Ancestry website
  • on microfiche

GRO indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths of British subjects overseas 1796 - present

  • on microfiche

GRO Adopted Children's index 1927 - present

  • on microfiche

GRO Civil Partnerships index 2005 - present

  • on microfiche

Census returns for England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands 1841 - 1901

  • via Ancestry website
  • Mid-Glamorgan on microfilm and microfiche
  • 1881 indexed census for UK on microfiche

International Genealogical Index (IGI) - the Mormon index of baptisms and marriages from parish registers

  • on microfiche

National Burials Index - England and Wales 1538 - 2003

  • CD rom

Local Information

Indexes to Glamorgan parish registers and some nonconformist registers

  • booklets compiled by Glamorgan Family History Society

Indexes to memorial inscriptions from Glamorgan churchyards

  • booklets compiled by Glamorgan Family History Society
  • master index on CD rom

Glamorgan Family History Society information on CD rom, including

  • Glamorgan Baptism Index 1569 - 1837
  • Glamorgan Baptism Index 1838 - 1930
  • Glamorgan Marriage Index 1569 - 1837
  • Glamorgan Burial Index 1569 - 1841
  • Glamorgan Burial Index 1838 - 1990
  • Glamorgan Quarter Sessions Juvenile Convictions 1847 - 1880
  • Quakers in Glamorgan
  • Maesteg Infants School Registers (Admissions) 1892 - 1930
  • Merthyr Schools Admissions Registers 1892 - 1930
  • Cardiff Workhouse Admission & Discharge Registers Oct 1846 - Dec 1847

Local History Resources

A large collection of volumes covering all aspects of the history and culture of the area, including printed works, theses and personal memories

Maps

  • A comprehensive set of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps (1:2,500/ 25" to 1m and 1:10,000/ 6" to 1m) covering the pre-1996 Mid Glamorgan area.
  • 1st edition 1870/1880s, 2nd edition 1900, 1920 edition, 1940 edition, 1960's, 1980's, 1995. Also some large-scale maps of former West and South Glamorgan areas.
  • Tithe maps and apportionments of 1835-43 for the whole of the former County of Glamorgan.
  • Geological and land-use maps
  • Archaeological survey maps (1960s)
  • A comprehensive set of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps (1:2,500 and 1:10,000) covering the pre-1996 Mid Glamorgan area from 1st editions of the 1880s to the present day. Also some large-scale maps of former West and South Glamorgan areas.
  • Tithe maps and apportionments (on microfilm) of 1835-43 for the whole of the former County of Glamorgan.
  • Geological and land-use maps.
  • Archaeological survey maps (1960s).
  • Goad Plans (showing retail and commercial businesses) for Bridgend, Maesteg and Porthcawl, 1970s to present.

Newspapers

  • Glamorgan Gazette (kept in hard copy until filmed copy received)
  • Western Mail (kept in hard copy until filmed copy received)
  • South Wales Echo (previous 12 months)
  • Bridgend and Porthcawl Gem (previous 12 months)

Newspapers on Microfilm

  • Barry Advertiser and Cinema Review (weekly) 1927 - 1933
  • Brecon County Times (weekly) - Various dates between 1866 - 1933 (Please Check with Library)
  • Bridgend Chronicle (weekly) 1857 - 1868
  • The Cambrian and General Weekly Advertiser for the Principality of Wales (weekly) 1804 - 1930
  • Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian (weekly) 1845 - 17th Jan 1874
  • Central Glamorgan Gazette (weekly) 29th June 1866 - 30th March 1894
  • The Chronicle for South & Mid Glamorgan (weekly) Various dates between 1895 - 1909 (Please Check with Library)
  • Glamorgan Free Press and Pontypridd & Rhondda Chronicle (weekly) 1910 - 1943
  • Glamorgan Gazette (weekly) 6th April 1894 - PRESENT (continued from Central Glamorgan Gazette)
  • Glamorgan, Monmouth & Brecon Gazette (weekly) 1833 - 1844
  • Merthyr Express (weekly) 1924 - 1953
  • Mountain Ash Post (weekly) 31st August 1912 - June 1920
  • Porthcawl Guardian (weekly) 1933 - 1965
  • Porthcawl News (weekly) 1910 - 1925
  • Rhondda Chronicle (weekly) November 1884 - June 1898
  • Western Mail (daily) 1st May 1869 - PRESE

Looking for a newspaper article?

InfoTrac NewsStand available from 01 April 2013

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Easy access to comprehensive information on current events and news InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative full-text newspaper resource which allows users in Wales to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section or other fields, eliminating random searching through newspaper archives. InfoTrac NewsStand provides access to a number of Welsh newspapers and other local UK newspapers.

To access InfoTrac NewsStand all you need is a valid Bridgend Libraries card.

Directories

Various dates for South Wales from 1849 - 1937, listing commercial and some private residents

  • Bennett's 1910
  • Daniel Owen & Co's Cardiff Directory including Penarth and Llandaff 1893, 1894, 1897 (CD rom)
  • Hunt & Co. 1849
  • Kelly's 1884,1891,1895,1906,1914,1920,1923,1926, 1937 + CD rom 1901, 1910
  • Scammell 1852
  • Slater's 1858-9, 1880
  • Webster's 1865
  • Western Mail Cardiff Directory 1937 (CD rom)

Photographs

  • The library holds a large collection of local photographs, most of which are also available online.

Journals (selective list)

  • Anglo Welsh Review 1958-1988
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis 1846-PRESENT
  • Yr Athro 1928-1979
  • Barn 1963-PRESENT
  • Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies / Studia Celtica 1923-PRESENT
  • Cambrian Journal 1854-1864
  • Cardiff Naturalist Society Transactions 1867-1987
  • Cymmrodorion Society Transactions 1892-PRESENT
  • Y Cymmrodor 1877-1935
  • Cymru 1891-1927
  • Glamorgan Police Magazine 1954-1968
  • Journal of the Glamorgan Family History Society 1983 - PRESENT
  • Llafur 1972-PRESENT
  • Llen Cymru 1950-PRESENT
  • Y Llenor 1922-1951
  • Planet 1970-PRESENT
  • Red Dragon 1882-1887
  • South Wales Institute of Engineers Transactions 1886-1929
  • Y Traethodydd 1929-PRESENT
  • Wales (O. M. Edwards) 1894-1897
  • Welsh History Review 1960-PRESENT
  • Welsh Music 1959-PRESENT
  • Welsh Outlook 1914-1931

Online reference resources

Members of Bridgend Library and Information Service can now access free-of-charge a range of useful databases. Some are available for you to consult from home or work. Each one can help you with your research or homework. All you need is a valid Bridgend Libraries card.

Ask Cymru Wales

Ask Cymru is Wales' electronic reference library. A team of trained reference librarians throughout Wales is ready and waiting to answer your factual questions and you'll have a response within 48 hours.

BOEncyclopedia Britannica

Britannica Online is the classic encyclopaedia containing 123,000 up-to-the-minute articles.

 

BOJuniorBOStudent

It is also available in two special editions, Britannica Junior for ages 5-11 and Britannica Student for ages 12-18.

ESO

European Sources Online (ESO) is an online database which provides access to information on the institutions and activities of the European Union, the countries, regions and other international organisations of Europe, and on the issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders.

Important - to access European Sources Online you must be using a PC in one of Bridgend Library and Information Service's libraries / Life Centres / Cyberlinks.

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Reading group

The group meet on the third Wednesday of the month 2 - 3pm

17 September 2014

15 October 2014 - Ragtime by E.L.Doctorow

19 November 2014 - The Quarry by Iain Banks

17 December 2014 - Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee

21 January 2015 - The Descendents by Kaui Hart Hemmings

18 February 2015 - Gone Girl by Gillian Flyn

18 March 2015 - Vanished Years by Rupert Everett

15 April 2015 - Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

20 May 2015 - The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

17 June 2015 - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

15 July 2015 - The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler

 

A Welsh language reading group meets every other Thursday 10.30 -11.30 (Proficiency level).

Contact us for more information.

 

 

Last Updated: 23/10/2014
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