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

 

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

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1870

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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  

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

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 meets every other Thursday 10.30am - 11.30am

June

This month's book is:

The Strangers Child by Alan Hollinghurst

Stranger 's -Child -web In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at 'Two Acres', the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George's 16-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact.

May

This month's book is:

Pure by Andrew Miller

Pure (1) Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young engineer charged by the king with demolishing it. But before long, he begins to suspect that the destruction of the cemetery might be a prelude to his own.

April

This month's book is:

Different Seasons by Stephen King

Different Seasons In this classic collection of four novellas, the grand master takes you on irrestistible journeys into the far reaches of horror, heartache and hope. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemptionis the story of two men convicted of murder - one guilty, one innocent - who form the perfect partnership as they dream up a scheme to escape from prison. In Apt Pupil a golden schoolboy entices an old man with a past to join in a dreadful union. The Bodysees four young boys venture into the woods and find life, death . . . and the end of innocence. The Breathing Method is the tale of a doctor who goes to his club and discovers a woman determined to give birth - no matter what.

March

This month's book is:

The Man who Forgot his Wife by John O'Farrell

Man Who Forgot Wife When forty-something Vaughan suffers total memory loss, he is told that his breakdown has probably been triggered by his marital problems. But then he comes face to face with the stranger he's supposed to be divorcing - and promptly falls head over heels in love with her.

February

This month's book is:

Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

 Waiting -for -sunrise

Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France and hotel rooms of Geneva, 'Waiting for Sunrise' tells the story of young English actor Lysander Rief who meets Sigmund Freud in a cafe, begins to write a journal, enjoys secret trysts with Hattie Bull and appears - miraculously - to have been cured of his neurosis.

January

This month's book is:

You had me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

You Had Me At Hello A romantic novel about a courtroom journalist who contemplates getting back with her ex-lover. But he broke her heart all those years ago, and is now married.

December

This month's book is:

The Good Father by Noah Hawley

Good -father -web America is rocked by the shooting of a presidential candidate and the young man arrested for the crime is Danny, the child of Dr Paul Allen's first marriage - news which sends the family down a harrowing path of no return. Even if he is the only man in the world who believes in Danny's innocence, Paul is determined to prove it.

November

This month's book is:

How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

How Green Was My Valley

Richard Llewellyn's classic novel set in a Welsh mining community at the turn of the century. Gwilym and Beth Morgan work their hardest to provide for their children, but these are the years before the unions improved the miner's lot, and times are very hard indeed. However, the community in which the Morgans live is a close-knit one, and they are grateful for all the help they receive, especially from the Rev. Gruffydd.

October

This month's book is:

Gold by Chris Cleave

Gold -web Kate and Zoe are friends but also ardent rivals - athletes at the top of their game, fighting to compete in the world's greatest sporting contest. Each scarred by tragedy, and each with a great deal to lose, they must choose between family and glory and ask themselves: what will I sacrifice?

September

This month's book is:

Toby's Room by Pat Barker

Tobys Room Toby and Elinor, brother and sister, friends and confidants, are sharers of a dark secret, carried from the summer of 1912 into the battlefields of France and wartime London in 1917.

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A Welsh language reading group meets every other Thursday 10.00 -11.00 (Proficiency level)

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A Welsh language reading group meets every other Thursday 10.15 - 11.15 (Advanced level)

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