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Bridgend County Borough Council

Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): GLA, MGM

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Reference and Information Centre and Local Studies Library
Coed Parc
Park Street
CF31 4BA
Tel: 01656 767451 ext. 105 (Reference & Information)
01656 767451 ext. 116 (Local & Family History)
Fax: 01656 645719
[email protected]
Contact: -

Opening hours:

Monday: 0930-1800
Tuesday: 0930-1900
Wednesday 0930-1800
Thursday: 0930-1800
Friday: 0930-1900
Saturday: 0930-1700

Other Libraries:


3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? No (charge for photocopying)

Provided by local Record Office? Gwent County Records Office
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations No

5. Census returns

1841-1891 Mid Glamorgan (microfilm)
1881 index England and Wales (microfiche)
1851 index (microfiche). This covers a number of areas of Glamorgan including Aberdare, Bridgend, Cadoxton, Caerphilly, Gelligaer, Llantrisant, Margam and Merthyr Tydfil.

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Kelly's Directory 1884, 1891, 1906, 1920, 1923, 1926
Pigot's Directory for S. Wales and Monmouth 1830
Scammell: Bristol and South Wales 1852
Slaters Directory: Gloucester, Monmouthshire, North & South Wales 1858-9; North & South Wales, Monmouthshire, Shropshire, Bristol & Chester 1880
Webster's Directory: Bristol & Glamorgan 1865

6(b) City and Town Directories


6(c) Telephone Directories


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

1946/47 and 1964 onwards

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 Edition - microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes


10. Parish Registers


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

The Library maintains a large collection of journals which may be of value in genealogical research. The following indicative list gives some examples of the material held.

Anglo Welsh Review 1858-1988
Archaeologia Cambrensis 1846-
Yr Athro 1928-1979
Barn 1963-
Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies 1923-
Cambrian Journal 1854-1864
Cardiff Naturalist Society Transactions 1867-1987
Cymmrodorion Society Transactions 1892-
Y Cymmrodor 1877-1935
Cymru 1891-1927
Y Genninen 1951-1979
Glamorgan Police Magazine 1954-1968
Llafur 1972-
Llen Cymru 1950-
Y Llenor 1922-1951
Planet 1970-
Poetry Wales 1965-
Red Dragon 1882-1887
South Wales Institute of Engineers Transactions 1886-1929
Y Traethodydd 1929-
Wales (O.M. Edwards) 1894-1897
Welsh History Review 1960-
Welsh Music 1959-
Welsh Outlook 1914-1931

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Newspapers (on microfilm):
Bridgend Chronicle (weekly) 1857-1868
Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian (weekly) 1845-17 January 1874
Central Glamorgan Gazette (weekly) 29 June 1866-30 March 1894
Glamorgan Gazette (weekly) 6 April 1894-
Glamorgan, Monmouth & Brecon Gazette (weekly) 1833-1844
Merthyr Express (weekly) 1924-1953
Mountain Ash Post (weekly) 31 August 1912-June 1920
Porthcawl Guardian (weekly) 1933-1965
Porthcawl News (weekly) 1910-1925
Western Mail (daily) 1 May 1869-present; also on CD-ROM 1995-

Maps: a comprehensive set of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps (1:2,500 and 1:10,000 from 1st editions of 1880s to the present day.
Tithe maps and apportionments (on microfilm) of 1835-43 for the whole of the former County of Mid Glamorgan.

Photographs, theses, audio recordings of interviews with local people, collections of the manuscripts of local historians and politicians

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices


Other information