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Cardiff & Vale Branch will be holding their Annual General Meeting online via Zoom on Tuesday 6 October at 7.30 pm. 

See link below to Eventbrite to register to attend the meeting.  

Cardiff & Vale Branch AGM & Presentation - "Online Resources" - 7.30 pm Tuesday 6 October

The short AGM will be followed by a talk on 'Online Resources'.

Members can download the AGM Reports Accounts from the Members Only Area:   Cardiff & Vale Branch Reports & Accounts


Due to Covid-19 restrictions our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig is still CLOSED until further notice. 

However our volunteers are still available to help with Research and do Look Ups in our Society Records.  

You can send in your queries via our Virtual Help Desk

Please read the information about what resources we have access to.  

Members should also search our online indexes first to check  Baptism, Marriage, Burial and Memorial Inscription Indexes.  Members need to log in to view the indexes.

Also check our Parish/Location Coverage for each index.

Help and Brickwall Sessions are now also available monthly via Zoom - see our Events Section for details and how to join each session..



At the time of preparation for this edition of the Journal the lockdown is still in place, although easing slightly, but still restricting many people’s lives and activities. If there has been a positive side to this, it has shown itself in the amount of articles we have received! We have had so many that some are going to have to be held over until the next edition (the authors will be contacted), as we wanted primarily articles about Barry, so these have taken priority. Apologies are given to any disappointment about the delay if your article isn’t in this one, but it WILL go in the next if possible, and you are welcome to check up with me if you wish.

Talking of the next Journal: the other consuming news topic of the past 6 months has been the reaction to the apparently racially motivated riots in America, the UK and elsewhere, with its destruction and defacing of monuments and statues to an imperialist past. I mention this as, although we are not a political organ, we cannot ignore these concerns and feel that it is appropriate for the end of this year to ask for contributions to Glamorgan’s Black History. Therefore, if you have any Black, Asian, Mixed Race or ethnicity within your friends and family circles, please write in with your experiences, good and bad, whether in school, growing up, in the workplace, or socially, and if your experience is second-hand, ie you have observed how a BAME person is or was getting along, then please write about it.

Our Journal is lodged with the University of Wales, alongside all publications produced in Wales, and in many years’ time our journals will be the source of much useful information to students and researchers on how we, in the 2020s, have evolved our reasoning and response to racial inequality.

Meanwhile, if there is any Summer left by the time you get this, let us hope it is a more relaxing and safe environment in which to enjoy it - I know you will enjoy the multi-layered stories in this Journal.

Journal 139 can be viewed in our Members Only Area - Journal Archive.  Members need to log in to view.   Journal 139 - September 2020


Although our Branch Meetings are still cancelled due to Covid-19 Restrictions Cardiff & Vale Branch are providing an Autumn Programme of Online Events.  

The first of these will be held on 1 September 7.20 pm with a talk by Jenni Phillips entitled:  Scrofula, Scarlet Fever & Sudden Visitations. 

Tickets are limited but can be booked via Eventbrite - see link below.

Tuesday 1 September at 7.20 Scrofula, Scarlet Fever& Sudden Visitations.  

On Saturday 5 September at 11 am we are also holding the first of our online Beginners/Brickwalls Sessions - Getting Started Online.   Click on link below to register for tickets - spaces are limited.

Saturday 5 September at 11 am - Beginners/Brickwall Session - Getting Started Online 

You can register via Eventbrite to receive notifications when further talks become available to book.  

The talks will be held on the first Tuesday in the month,  Beginners Sessions the first Saturday.  There will also be a 'Coffee and Chat' session on the third Thursday each month.  





Due to ongoing restrictions the Trustees have unfortunately had to make the decision to POSTPONE our Annual Fair at Merthyr Leisure Centre which was due to be held on Saturday 26 September.   We are very disappointed to have to make this decision but feel that the format of the event with talks and one to one help sessions would not be possible under the present circumstances.  We intend to be back in 2021 with a bigger and better fair.  Watch this space for updates!