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As from 12 October 2017 the General Register Office is repeating its Pilot whereby pdf digitised copies of England and Wales Birth and Death Certificates can be purchased for £6.00.   

The Pilot will run for a minumum of three months.

Applications must be made online via the GRO website and also must include the GRO index reference number.    

The Pilot covers the following dates, Births and Death certificates only at present.  

  • Births: 1837 –1916
  • Deaths: 1837 –1957

The GRO indexes were updated last year when the first Pilot was run and contain additional informaton to earlier indexes having:

  • Mother's maiden name in the birth index from July 1837
  • Age at Death in the death index from July 1837

 

 

 

 


After two years of research and planning our new website was finally launched on Monday 13 November with a Mail Chimp email being sent to all 'current' fully paid up members who had provided us with their email address.

First a big 'thank you' to Nina Jenkins who was instrumental in getting the project off the ground by contacting many other family history webmasters and their website developers to do the background research on what was possible.   

Second our thanks to our website developer, Andy Gardner, who has made the process of building the content as painless and as swift as possible.   We thank him for his patience with our many many questions, 

Your Username:  Access to the website is via your email address.  If you find that your email is 'unrecognised' it may be that we have a different email for you in our records.   Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,uk or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your Password:  To update your password click on the link as though you have forgotten your password.  You will be emailed a verification code.  Click on the link in the email to copy the verification code.  You will then be able to update your password in your Account Profile.  

PLEASE NOTE:  You can no longer use your Username and Password from our old website.

Although there may be a few initial teething problems we hope you will enjoy using our new website. 

Further indexes and research material will be added in the New Year.  

Sue Hamer

Website Administrator

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The September Journal - with the theme of World War 1 - has been uploaded to the Journal Archive in the Resources Area.  Fully paid up Members of the Society can view the Journal by logging in to the Members only Area.  

An Index to the Articles is also available.

For this edition we asked for your family stories, accounts, records and photographs that had WW1 connections, and we had so many in response that we have had to hold some back with the promise that they be kept on file for future editions.

Therefore we hope you will find the selection printed as interesting as we did.  Here are family stories of heroism and duty by ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, many leading to sadness and tragedy.  The letters give first-hand accounts of what it was like to be in the front-line action, and serve as a reminder that the war was truly a world war, not just fought in the trenches of Europe.

Included also is some useful information available from Glamorgan Archives for those who wish to have further information on their family members during the Great War, with particular reference to those who were present at Mametz Wood, and we print a poem about Mametz alongside it, written by a serving soldier from Pontycymmer.