40th Anniversary Fair at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre

Following our successful Family History Fair at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre last Saturday we have now booked the same venue for next year’s fair – a date for your 2015 diaries – Saturday 10 October.

WW1 (1914 -1918) Page on Glamorgan FHS Blog

We have created a page on our blog for links and information about planned WW1 centenary events.

Please let us know if there is anything happening in your area so we can add to the list.

There is also a request on our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/glamorganfhs/ for information and photos of ancestors who served in the First World War in any capacity.

Our new website is launched

The New Website http://www.glamfhs.org.uk was finally launched on 1st November.  It has several new features including an online shop, photo galleries and a members’ section, which will include more documents in the future.  The Gallery and Branch pages will also be developed in due course.

Once you have registered to the site and logged in.  You will see a “My Details” button in the top right-hand corner.  You are able to amend your details here, as well as checking your purchasing history and downloaded products.

In the shop you will now be able to buy all our publications and pay for membership fees online, however you still have the option to order by post.   We have received many orders and can already see how we can make improvements to the operation of the shop.

Some of our CDS are now available as a download direct from the website through the shop.  If you are not sure how this works there is a document in the “Documents” section explaining how to download and extract files from a Download.

Annual General Meeting – Saturday 2 November

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 2 pm at the Pensioner’s Hall, next to Aberkenfig Resource Centre, CF32 9RF

The Resource Centre will be open from 11 am for research.

Talk at 2 pm by Nina Jenkins “Researching the British in India” – AGM to follow at 3 pm.

Glamorgan FHS – Merthyr Fair – Thank You

Thank you to the volunteers, stallholders, speakers and visitors who made our annual fair at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre on Saturday 12 October such a success.    And of course to our Marketing/Events team:  Rosemary, Beth, Mike & Jane and Friday evening and Saturday morning crew.  Well done!

Hope to see everyone again next year!

Photos of the event can be seen in our Facebook Group.


Journal 112 – December 2013 – Vale of Glamorgan – deadline 20 October

The deadline for our next journal is 20 October so please could any

  • articles,
  • snippets of information eg news items
  • images,
  • queries,
  • Help Wanted items and
  • Members Interests

be sent to the editor as soon as possible.

The theme is our ancestors in the Vale of Glamorgan.


Timetable of free talks at Merthyr Family History Fair

10.30 am  “Welsh Newspapers Online”  Beryl Evans – National Library of Wales

The presentation is the result of work at the National Library of Wales to digitise over a million pages of newspapers published in Wales before 1911. The presentation will show how the website works and how to get the best out of it by accessing the information and discovering countless nuggets of genealogical facts, forgotten incidents and interesting miscellany that would other wise remain hidden within the heavy dusty covers of the volumes in Aberystwyth. Accessing the images is free of charge.

11.30 am    “Breaking down brick walls in your family history research” – David Osborne – S&N British Data Archive Ltd

How to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using new and unique search strategies to find those missing relatives. Includes searching for a family using just the individuals’ forenames, keyword search tools; using criteria other than a name to search on and other advanced search techniques. The talk also covers unique data sets such as Non-Conformist records, Non-Parochial records, Fleet marriages, Will images, Parish Records, Directories, Newspapers and more

1.30 pm        “Where did your surname come from?”  Margaret Southgate – South Wales Representative, Guild of One Name Studies

Have you ever wondered about the origins of surnames in your family tree? Do some names have variant spellings, and how have they changed over time?  One aspect of genealogy, which is truly fascinating, is to research all occurrences of a surname and its variants in order to build family trees, to identify patterns of migration and to find ‘hotspots’ which could indicate locations where the name originated. This talk will include examples from South Wales as well as an opportunity to see maps showing where your surnames of interest were most common in the 1881 census.

2.30 pm         “DNA and Family History – Where Are We in 2013?” Dr Brian Swann – International Society of Genetic Genealogy  

Interest in Family History and DNA has continued to increase in popularity, especially since the identification of Richard III.  Dr Swann explores how family history and DNA interests in both the UK and Europe has increased interactions with academic communities in this field, which has led to the coining of the new term “citizen science”.  These are groups of motivated and interested individuals who can make contributions to genetic genealogy on a par with anything that may be done in academia.

Great raffle prizes at Merthyr Fair

Only four days to go!   We have had some great raffle prizes donated including:

  • Annual worldwide subscriptions to Ancestry
  •  12-month, 6-month and 3-month subscriptions to FindMyPast
  •  6-month Platinum subscriptions to Genes Reunited
  •  Family Tree Maker Deluxe CDs, which include 3-month Ancestry Essentials subscriptions
  •  6-issue subscription to “Discover Your History