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Swansea City and County 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Unpublished indexes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, WGM

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Central Reference Library
Alexandra Road
Tel: 01792 654065
Fax: 01792 645751
[email protected]
Contact: Mr Peter Matthews, Reference Librarian
Mrs Marilyn Jones, Local Studies Librarian

Opening hours:

Monday: 0900-1900
Tuesday: 0900-1900
Wednesday: 0900-1900
Thursday: 0900-1700
Friday: 0900-1900
Saturday: 0900-1700

Other Libraries:

Cambrian Indexing Project
Central Library
Alexandra Road
Tel: 01792 645018
Fax: 01792 645751
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1700
Contact: Mr Richard Brighton

3. Research Service

Service available? Yes. Free limited research by reference staff as staffing resources permit. A fee-based research service is available at the Cambrian Indexing Project.

Fee-based? Yes

Provided by local Record Office? West Glamorgan Archive Service. Fee-based service charged at �15 per hour
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

All parishes within the former Swansea City Council and Lliw Valley Borough Council areas.
1891 all parishes within the former West Glamorgan County Council area

6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

~attached list$

6(b) City and Town Directories

~attached list$

6(c) Telephone Directories

Current for whole country.
Swansea area 1941-date
Also Swansea area 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919
South Wales District Sept. 1939
National telephone Co.'s Western Section Directory for 1902-3 and for 1903-4
Classified telephone directory for South Wales areas for 1940, 1950, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1962 , 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
Swansea Yellow Pages 1977 to date

7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

~attached list$

7(b) Poll Books


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

1992 edition. Wales only. Microfiche

9. Unpublished Indexes

The 'Cambrian' Index
This is an on-going project set up to index 'The Cambrian' newspaper.
Currently holds c. 290,000 entries in a computer database covering a wide range of topics, mainly covering events in South Wales in an area from Loughor to Ystalyfera to Port Talbot, roughly equating to the former county of West Glamorgan, whose County Library service set the project up.
May be accessed by subject, name or date (personal name or place name).
Charges at January 1997 are �1.50 per search plus 25p per item found, produced on a computer printout, giving a precis of the Cambrian newspaper article and the date of the issue in which it can be found.
The period covered thus far is 1804-1870. Due to the nature of the work, public access is restricted but enquiries are welcomed via Mr Richard Brighton, Supervisor, or Mrs Marilyn Jones, Local Studies Librarian.
Further information is available from the project base at the Central Library, tel. 01792 645018, Monday-Friday, 0900-1700.

10. Parish Registers


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Glamorgan Family History Society Journal from 1983 to date, at Swansea Reference Library

12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material


13. Other material

Glamorgan Family History Society.
Microfiche of census returns:
1841 Gower (including Loughor)
1851 Llangyfelach
1851 Swansea
1851 Gower (including Loughor)
1881 Gower (including Loughor)

14. Guides to Collections


15. Local Record Offices

West Glamorgan Archive Service
Family History Centre
County Hall
Tel: 01792 636589
Fax: 01792 636340
Email: -

Other information