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The Census has been collected every ten years since 1801 (apart from 1941) and the original enumerators’ schedules are available to view after 100 years. It is the censuses for 1841 onwards which are invaluable to family and local historians because they include details of:

  • Where your ancestor lived
  • Their age on the census night
  • Family relationships
  • Their occupation
  • Where they were born

Census indexes and images are available on subscription websites such as:

  • Ancestry (1841-1911) – free to view in local libraries
  • Find My Past (1841-1911) - free to view in local libraries
  • Genes Reunited (1841-1911)
  • The Genealogist

The Census forms were completed on a Sunday evening as follows:

  • 1841 6 June
  • 1851 30 March
  • 1861 7 April
  • 1871 2 April
  • 1881 3 April
  • 1891 5 April
  • 1901 31 March
  • 1911 2 April

All collected on the Sunday evening end of March/beginning of April (ie end of the tax/old legal year) apart from the 1841 which was collected in June.

1911 Census

The only census where you see the original forms completed by householders with the original signature and handwriting of the head of household. Called the ‘fertility’ census because married women were asked how long they had been married and how many children from that marriage were alive or who had died.


1939 Register - available on Find My Past and Ancestry

Taken on 29 September 1939 at outbreak of WW2 to enable registration for National Identity Cards.  

Later became the basis of NHS records. Information amended until computerised in 1990s so women's subsequent change of surname at marriage added.

100 year closure same as other census records.   Records blacked out can be opened if individual has died.


Search Tips:

Less gets you more results – enter only FOUR pieces of information into search form: SURNAME, FIRST NAME, APPROX DATE OF BIRTH & COUNTY.    





Aberavon St Mary

Aberdare St John


Barry St Nicholas



Bonvilston St Mary

Briton Ferry

Cadoxton juxta Barry St Cadoc

Cadoxton juxta Neath

Caerau St Mary

Caerphilly St Martin

Cardiff St John & St Mary



Cogan St Peter



Cowbridge Holy Cross


Eglwys Brewis St Brice

Eglwysilan St Ilan


Flemingston St Michael

Gelligaer St Cattwg

Gileston St Giles



Laleston St David

Lavernock, St Lawrence

Leckwith St James

Lisvane St Denys


Llancarfan St Cadoc


Llanddewi St David

Llandeilo Talybont

Llandough juxta Cowbridge

Llandough juxta Penarth

Llandow Holy Trinity


Llanedeyrn St Edeyrn

Llanfabon St Mabon







Llanharan St Julius & St Aaron

Llanharry St Illtyd



Llanishen St Isan


Llanmaes St Cadwg

Llanmihangel St Michael



Llansannor St Senwyr


Llantrithyd St Illtyd

Llantwit Fardre St Illtyd

Llantwit juxta Neath

Llantwit Major St Illtyd


Llysworney St Tydfil


Marcross Holy Trinity


Merthyr Dyfan St Dyfan

Merthyr Mawr

Merthyr Tydfil

Michaelston le Pit St Michael

Michaelston super Avon

Michaelston super Ely St Michael

Monknash St Mary



Newton Nottage


Oxwich St Illtyd


Penarth St Augustine





Penmark St Mary

Pennard St Mary


Pentyrch St Catwg

Peterston super Ely St Peter

Peterston super Montem St Peter

Porteynon St Cattwg

Porthkerry St Curig

Pyle & Kenfig

Radyr St John


Rhossili St Mary

Roath St Margaret

Rudry St James

Rumney St Augustine (Mon)

St Andrews Major St Andrew

St Athan St Tathan

St Brides Major

St Brides Minor

St Donats St Dunwyd

St Fagans St Mary

St Georges

St Hilary

St Lythans St Bleddian

St Mary Church

St Mary Hill

St Nicholas

Sully St John

Swansea St John

Swansea St Mary


Welsh St Donats

Wenvoe St Mary

Whitchurch St Mary

Wick St James






A frequently asked question is “Where were our ancestors buried?”    For ancestors dying in the 18th and early 19th centuries the first place to look is the church,  which was then the centre of the village community.

Glamorgan Family History Society has now recorded and indexed almost all of the gravestones in the ancient (pre 1813) churches, and the burial registers have been indexed for 90% of the churches.

Only a small number of people had a headstone but it is always worth looking because if found, they might record other members of the family who died out of the area.

The smallest churchyard we have recorded had 9 stones and the largest nearly 4000.

With the growth of nonconformity and increase in the population the search becomes more difficult.  Hundreds of chapels were built in Glamorgan many with burial grounds. If no burial ground was attached to the chapel, bodies may have been buried in the Anglican churchyard or may have been transported many miles to a burial ground of the deceased's denomination.

As people moved to the urban areas, new churches were built but many of these had no burial ground, through shortage of land, and so people were buried in public cemeteries.

Various Burial Acts after 1853 authorised local authorities to build and maintain cemeteries. Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff was the first in Glamorgan and one of the largest in the United Kingdom.

Most cemeteries and crematoria are administered by the new unitary authorities, but some are still maintained by community or town councils.

In some cases a charge is made for viewing or for staff to search the cemetery burial registers. A specific appointment for viewing may be necessary, in some cases the Sexton may be the only person who can show you the position of the grave, and he does have other duties to perform.

Many old records are being computerised - depending on finances and staff. It is always worth enquiring if this is being done. We have added this information where known.

Over the years there have been many boundary changes. Before 1974 Glamorgan was one County, but the Local Government Act of 1972 divided it into Mid, South and West Glamorgan.

The last boundary changes in 1996 again changed the face of Glamorgan and replaced the three old counties with 8 unitary authorities.

For ease of accessing the cemeteries in particular, the sections have been divided into the eight new unitary authorities.



The 8 Unitary Authorities are:-

  1. Bridgend County Borough Council
  2. Caerphilly County Borough Council
  3. City and County of Cardiff
  4. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
  5. Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council
  6. Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
  7. City and County of Swansea
  8. Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council

Most councils now charge for searches although some also have online indexes, eg Barry Town Council.

The approximate of death should be discovered before contacting the Councils from websites such as www.freebmd.org.uk.

The date the Cemetery or Crematorium opened is given together with whether the cemetery is included in our Memorial Inscription (Municipal Cemeteries) Master Index - shown with the letters MIMI.

Many Councils have downloadable plans of the cemeteries on their websites.




Listed are the churches and chapels in each Authority which have been recorded by GFHS. These are also available to purchase from the Society as fiche, booklets or CDs.

Each publication includes a numbered plan of the yard, full transcription of the memorial stone and a complete index of all the deceased named on the stones.

The lists show the number of people recorded in each graveyard and the denomination of the chapels.

Records in UPPER CASE refer to cemeteries.

The full list can be downloaded here.

Master Indexes to the burial yards transcribed by our volunteers are available 

Our publications such as parish register baptism, marriage and burial indexes, memorial inscriptions transcription etc can be purchased from:

Glamorgan FHS Publications, Aberkenfig Resource Centre, c/o Welfare Hall, Hope Avenue,, Aberkenfig, CF32 9PR.