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Merthyr Tydfil 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Unpublished indexes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

Central Library
High Street
Merthyr Tydfil
South Wales
CF47 8AF
Tel: 01685 723057
Fax: 01685 370690
Contact: Mrs C. Jacob

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-1830
Tuesday: 0900-1830
Wednesday: 0900-1830
Thursday: 0900-1830
Friday: 0900-1830
Saturday: 0900-1200
Opening hours for Reference Library and Family History

Other Libraries:

Dowlais Branch Library
Church Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 3HS
Opening hours:
Monday: 1000-1300, 1400-1900
Tuesday: 1000-1300
Wednesday: 1000-1300, 1400-1700
Thursday: 1000-1300, 1400-1700
Friday: 1000-1300, 1400-1800
Saturday: 0900-1200
Tel: 01685 723051
(Census and Parish records for Dowlais)

Treharris Branch Library
Perrott Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF46 5ET
Tel: 01443 410517
Opening hours:
Monday 10.00-1.00,2.00-5.00
Tuesday 10.00-1.00,2.00-7.00
Wednesday 10.00-1.00,2.00-5.00
Thursday 10.00-1.00.
Friday 10.00-1.00,2.00-6.00
Saturday - 9.00-12.00

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? Yes

4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

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

Locations None

5. Census returns

Central Library. Merthyr Tydfil Registration District. 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
All Glamorgan 1851, whole of Wales on microfiche 1881
Parishes of Llanfabon and Llanwanno
Dowlais Library. Census Dowlais
Treharris Library. Treharris , plus all of Merthyr registration district 1841 and 1851

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

South Wales:
Pigot 1822
Hunt 1848
Slater's 1858
Websters 1865
Slater's 1868
Kelly's 1871
Wales Ddirectory 1888
Kelly's 1884
Kelly's 1901
Kelly's 1906
Kelly's 1926

6(b) City and Town Directories

Merthyr Tydfil Sections of South Wales Directories. Originals or photocopies. 1795-1959

6(c) Telephone Directories

Glamorgan 1960s, Glamorgan 1990s

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Merthyr Tydfil Register of Electors:
Microfilm: 1885, 1890, 1895, 1904 (include Aberdare)
Hard copy: 1918, 1920, 1925, 1930, 1935, 1946 to date

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Microfiche: All Britain. 1988 - Central Library
Microfiche: Wales. 1992 - Central Library

9. Unpublished Indexes

Census returns for Merthyr Tydfil arranged by surname 1841 (???), 1851, 1861, 1881, 1891 (1871 in progress)

10. Parish Registers

Microfilm: Parish Church of Merthyr Tydfil - St Tydfils. Central Library. 1717-1858
Photocopies of originals - Dowlais Parish Church. Dowlais Library, 1830s -1900

11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Memorial inscriptions:
Thomastown Cholera Cemetery
Capel Bethlehem, Caepartywyll
Ebenezer, Clfn Coed
Camel, Clfn Coed

13. Other material

Pre 1837 Chapel records on microfilm
Pre 1837 Welsh Methodist circuit S.Wales
Photocopies of some school admission books. Central Library

14. Guides to Collections

In progress - details available on loose sheets

15. Local Record Offices

Glamorgan Record Office
Cathays Park
Tel: 01222 780282

Other information

Monthly meetings of the Merthyr Tydfil Branch of the Glamorgan Family History Society held in the Central Library, second Tuesday of each month, 1900-2100