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Society Officers, Commitee and Volunteers wish all Members a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year - Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Please note the Aberkenfig Resource Centre will be CLOSED on Wed 25 December and 1 January and will reopen on Wed 8 January.

Replies to requests for help with research etc will also be limited over the Xmas and New Year period from Friday 21 December until Monday 6 January.  





 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!


Alphabetical list of Societies whose e-journals are available in our Members Only Area.  

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Alberta Family History Society - Chinook Monthly Newsletter

Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies - the Genealogist

Bedfordshire FHS Journal

British Columbia Genealogist  

Family History Society of Cheshire - Cheshire Ancestor

Doncaster FHS - The Doncaster Ancestor 

Dorset FHS

Hillingdon FHS

Manchester & Lancs FHS - Manchester Genealogist

Powys FHS - Y Cronicl

Richmond Tweed FHS - The Cedar Log

Society of Australian Genealogists - Descent

South Australia Genealogical Society - Descent

Suffolk FHS - Suffolk Roots

Genealogical Society of Victoria - Ancestor

Wales NZ E-Newsletter

Waltham Forest FHS - Roots in the Forest

Weston Super Mare FHS - Buckets and Spades


Association Family History Societies of Wales



Volunteers needed at the following events:

Family Tree Live, Alexandra Palace, London - 17/18 April 2020

The Genealogy Show, NEC, Birmingham - 26/27 June 2020

Please contact:  Menna Evans   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Journal 135 is now available to fully paid up members in our Journal Archive (Members Only Area).  You will need to log in to view:

Journal 135 

The Centre Insert contains Standing Order and Gift Aid forms as well as information about our Ask the Experts sessions at our October Fair.  

There has been a good response to this Journal’s theme request, for stories about immigration into Glamorgan, so many thanks to all contributors.  We have items about the melting pot of Merthyr Tydfil in the 19th century by Carolyn Jacob, Maura Bennett gives her family’s story from Holland, and there is an early and tragic death in Barrie Jones’ family, and by contrast  some heartening evacuees’ stories in the Garw Valley.  There are accounts of murder and suspicious death, and some searching for lost and mysterious relatives, and even some Bible stories!

Nick Davey asks about Hiring Fairs, Richard Ollerton writes of Bethany Chapel, St Mary St, Cardiff and its records, and Rhian Diggins tells of the flourishing society of the Scots in Cardiff.

All this plus the usual Book Reviews and Help Wanted columns, so all in all, a good read, reflecting the vast range of interesting people and events that we all have within the Society.

Please keep those interests alive and tell us more!! December’s issue is an open one, all topics welcomed, and if you have any ideas for future themes, or thoughts about any of the subjects depicted, then do not hesitate to get in touch.

Have a good ‘Indian’ summer, if we are lucky enough to get one in September.

The deadline for the December Journal is 20 October.   

Please send your articles, snippets of information etc to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the cut off date.