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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





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.  


Our March journal has the theme of ‘The Irish in Glamorgan’.  Articles, snippets, resources you have found useful should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline of 20 January.

Another new CD due out shortly of  Swansea Schools containing transcripts of Admission Registers of four schools as well as a file of World War One parishioners of a Swansea church

School children


We now have a new CD of the Memorial Inscriptions for Penuel Chapel at Pencoed, Bridgend

Available from the ARC at a cost of £8.00

This Chapel sits to the North of Pencoed next to St David’s Church in Wales Church.  It has undergone refurbishment and now boasts a modern, if small, meeting room for chapel members. Some of the original features have been preserved. Services continue to be held here on a regular basis. These records have been transcribed as accurately as possible. The CD contains the following information transcribed up to 2014.


  • History / Outline of Chapel
  • Chapel Diagram
  • Surname Index
  • Monumental inscriptions
  • Photographs of chapel and selection of the graves

There is additional information available from the Chapel records, including scanned images of its register. However, these are restricted to Chapel and GFHS Personnel use only. Should you require additional information from this register you are advised to contact either the Chapel direct or the Glamorgan FHS via the ARC contact.