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Journal 136 - December 2019

 Welcome to the last journal of 2019 - Journal 136 which is now available in the Journal Archive section of the Members Only Area.   You will need to log in to view. 

The previous journal in September, with its theme of immigration into Glamorgan, has certainly sparked much interest and more family histories as a result, which has been very rewarding. Therefore this edition has several articles continuing the theme: Carolyn Jacob provides the second part of her account of the ‘Melting Pot’ that was Merthyr Tydfil, and related to that is Sue Baker’s account of her family’s boarding house lodgers in Merthyr. Lyndon Harris writes of his family’s intermarriage with the ironmasters of Merthyr, and Peter Spencer tells of how his family came from Greece into Cardiff, via County Cork.  

Susan Edwards of the Glamorgan Archives has given us a history of the Norwegian Church in Cardiff, again a story of how people from afar have come to see this part of Britain as their ‘home from home’. David Barnard explains how useful Rate Books can be to the family researcher, and Anthony McLaughlin delves into the seamier side of his ancestry, whilst Colin Davies writes of ambition and achievement in a Valleys boy.

As Christmas approaches there are some examples of Victorian recipes for festive fare, if you have rather a lot of guests, so on that note, from everyone at Glamorgan Family History, to all of our readers, Nadolig Llawen, a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi gyd!