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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.
Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.
Regional Society[edit | edit source]
- The South Wales Record Society was established in 1982 and exists to publish a regular series of texts and other works relating to the history of South Wales, and in particular to the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.
Glamorgan Societies[edit | edit source]
Blackpill Local History Society
Swansea, West Glamorgan SA3 5AS UK
Telephone: 01792 208907
- The Blackpill Local History Society was formed in 1987 and over the years the group has arranged programmes on a variety of themes. Specialist speakers provide information and members can also explore themes and topics of interest covering the rich social and industrial heritage of this part of West Wales.
Bridgend & District Local History Society
Carnegie House (The Old Library)
14 Wyndham Street
Bridgend CF31 1EF UK
Telephone: 07773 050830
Website: Bridgend & District Local History Society
Website #2: Bridgend Local History Society
- The Society arranges lectures and visits on topics of local interest and other appropriate subjects.
Brynmawr Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Brynmawr)
Brynmawr Social Club
61 Beaufort Street
Blaenau Gwent, South Wales NP23 4AE UK
Website: Brynmawr Historical Society
- The object of the Society is to foster interest in all aspects of the historical development of the district in particular and the wider world nationally and internationally by organising lectures, discussions, and visits both cultural and social.
- Caerphilly Local History Society was formed in 1957 to encourage interest in the area's history. It continues to record, research, share, and preserve the history of the town and surrounding areas.
Cardiff Archaeological Society (Cymdeithas Archeolegol Caerdydd)
Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Cardiff CF10 3AT UK
Telephone: 02920 613127
Website: Cardiff Archaeological Society
Website #2: Cardiff Archaeological Society
- The Cardiff Archaeological Society was formed in 1960 to promote, by lectures, field visits and, where possible, field work, an interest in the remains and history of past cultures and in the practices, techniques and disciplines of archaeology.
- It is the aim of the society ‘to provide, encourage and generate critical thought about local history’, and this aim has proved successful many times over.
- The Society's main objectives are to promote the history and heritage of the area via a series of talks and exhibitions; to conduct and sponsor research and to publish its findings; to celebrate the town's Charter Day (13 March 1254); and to conserve information in any form of the district's history via a local study room that is open to the public.
Cwm Dulais Historical Society
The Music Centre
Seven Sisters, Neath Port Talbot
Telephone: 01639 644299
Website: Cwm Dulais Historical Society
- Founded in 1964, the Cwm Dulais Historical Society is concerned with the study of history, with the particular objective of encouraging interest in the local history of the Dulais Valley in the South Wales area. Its catchment area comprises of the villages of Coelbren, Banwen, Dyffryn Cellwen, Pantyffordd, Seven Sisters, and Crynant. It also includes Cilfrew and Aberdulais.
Cynon Valley History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Cwm Cynon)
Green Street Methodist Church
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF44 7AA UK
Telephone: 01685 879793
Website: Cynon Valley History Society
- The Society's objectives are to promote, encourage, and maintain an active interest in the history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts, books, artefacts and photographs; and to publish titles on local history.
Dinas Powys Local History Society
Dinas Powys, Wales CF64 4DT UK
Telephone: 029 2051 3524
Evanstown and Gilfach Goch Historical Society
Evanstown Community Centre
32 Abercerdin Road
Porth, Bridgend CF39 8RPUK
Telephone: 01443 674440
Website: Evanstown and Gilfach Goch Historical Society
- The purpose of the group is to preserve the heritage and history of Gilfach Goch and Evanstown.
- We are a group of local people who are enthusiastic about creating an archive of our valley’s industrial and social history. We are keen to record the progress and events in the valley in pictures and notes from the 1800’s to ensure that this valuable and rich source of information does not disappear forever. We aim to develop exhibits and educational material to enable the future generations to see what was once a thriving industrial community, and to compare present day sights with historical views in a “Now and Then” theme.
- The Society aims to study local history and heritage in the area of the old parish and urban district of Gelligaer in north east Glamorgan, which includes modern communities such as Pontlottyn, Brithdir, Bargoed, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, Trelewis, Bedlinog, Fochrhiw, and Deri as well as the village of Gelligaer itself. The Society promotes this by arranging lectures, discussions, and field meetings to heritage sites as well as encouraging research.
Gelligaer Local History Appreciation Society (Cymdeithas Gwerthfawrogi Hanes Lleol Gelligaer)
St Cattwg Community Hall
Gelligaer, Caerphilly CF82 8FW UK
Website: Gelligaer Local History Appreciation Society
Glamorgan Family History Society
Aberdare/Cynon Valley Branch
Green Street Methodist Church
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Mid Glamorgan CF44 7AA UK
Len Evans Centre
Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF32 9RF UK
The Dining Room
Fairwater Road, Cardiff CF5 2LN UK
Pontypridd & Rhondda Branch
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Mid Glamorgan CF37 4PE UK
Sully Group Branch
The Old School
Sully, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 5TG UK
- The Glamorgan Family History Society acts as a focal point for anyone who may be interested in Family History and Genealogy, not just those whose roots are in Glamorgan. Many members live within the historic county, but equally, many live far beyond its boundaries.
Glamorgan History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Morgannwg)
Tondu Methodist Church
44 Maesteg Rd
Tondu, Bridgend CF32 9BT UK
Telephone: 01792 205888
Website: Glamorgan History Society
- The Glamorgan History Society was founded in 1950 with the aim of promoting and encouraging the study of the history of the old county of Glamorgan. Originally named the Glamorgan Local History Society, it adopted its present title in 1966. From its earliest beginnings, the Society has encouraged original research by professional and amateur historians alike. The results often provide the main feature articles in Morgannwg, the Society's journal.
Glynneath & Cwmgwrach Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanesyddol Glynnedd a Cwmgwrach)
Glynneath Training Centre
Glynneath, Neath SA11 5DB UK
Telehone: 01639 722105
Website: Glynneath & Cwmgwrach Historical Society
- Founded in 1974 Glynneath & Cwmgwrach Historical Society exists to encourage and promote local participation in activities related to the study of history.
- The Gower Society’s aims are to encourage an appreciation of the unique qualities of Gower in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the whole of the lordship of Gower; to protect the heritage of Gower, its landscape, its historical and its built environment; to protect and enhance its diverse wildlife habitats, encouraging its rich animal and plant life; to safeguard its rights of way and open spaces; to ensure that its common land is kept free of encroachments; to work with young people, adults, local communities and organisations in Gower; and to lobby for support for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Gower.
Gowerton Library Historical Society
Gowerton, Swansea SA4 3BU UK
Website: Gowerton Library Historical Society
- We are a group of local residents with a keen interest in recording, collating, and preserving the local history of Gowerton and surrounding areas. from the earliest recording to the present day.
- We are a group of people interested in local history, many Grangetown born and bred, but others who have come to live in the area. We also welcome visitors, including people from overseas on a visit back to their roots!
Historical Association Swansea Branch
National Waterfront Museum
Swansea SA1 3RD UK
Telephone: 07971 665594
Website: Historical Association Swansea Branch
Website #2: Historical Association Swansea Branch
- The Historical Association is a national organisation which supports the study and appreciation of History at all levels, without chronological or geographical limitations. The ‘catchment area’ of the Swansea Branch is south-west Wales (anywhere that has an SA postcode, in fact, and sometimes a little beyond), and our aim is to bring together people who share an interest in, and love for History.
- The Kenfig Society's aim is to advance the education of the public in the history of Kenfig and the surrounding district.
Lisvane Historical Society
Lisvane, Cardiff CF14 0SQ UK
Website: Lisvane Historical Society
- Lisvane Historical Society was established in January 2006 with the aim of undertaking research into the history of the village and to preserve current information.
Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society
South Wales Miners’ Library
Swansea SA2 7NB UK
Telephone: 01792 518693
Website: Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society
- Llafur was formed in 1970 to promote and popularise the knowledge and study of all aspects of people’s history in Wales.
- The Llancarfan Society is a forum for those who are resident in the Community Area of Llancarfan and those who have a general interest, previously resided, or have family relationships in the area. The Society publishes newsletters on a regular basis which is devoted to matters of local interest, including current affairs, history, wildlife, members writings, and similar material.
- Our society was founded by a number of Llanishen residents in 1990. Their aim was to share their knowledge of the history of this beautiful part of north Cardiff with others.
Llansamlet Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanesyddol Llansamlet)
Trallwn Community Centre
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 4RS UK
Telephone: 01792 843756
Website: Llansamlet Historical Society
- The society was originally formed by a small group of people connected to Ebenezer Chapel, Llwynbrwydrau. A photographic exhibition was held in the chapel and more than 200 people attended and signed the visitors’ book. This encouraged the organisers to form the Llansamlet Historical Society.
Llantrisant & District Local History Society
Pontyclun Community Hall
29 Heol Yr Orsaf
Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF72 9TY UK
Website: Llantrisant & District Local History Society
- Membership is open to all with an interest in the history of the ancient Borough, the even more ancient Parish, and all those adjacent parishes that were, historically, part of the southern half of the Welsh lordships of Meisgyn and Glynrhondda. This wide interest involves an overlap of membership with the neighbouring historical societies of Pontypridd and Pentyrch. Also, due to work that has been done on local families for the 17th and 18th centuries, there is an overlap with the Glamorgan Family History Society. Members are also encouraged to join the Glamorgan History Society.
- Our aim is to celebrate the people and places of the ancient lordships of Meisgyn and Glynrhondda. This is achieved by research and publications, talks given to members by visiting lecturers, and visits to places of historical interest.
Llantwit Major Local History Society
Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 UK
Telephone: 01446 796173
Website: Llantwit Major Local History Society
Website #2: Llantwit Major Local History Society
- Founded in 1967, the Society seeks to preserve and promote the great heritage and 1500 year history of the settlement at Llaniltud Fawr (St Illtud’s great church) and the surrounding area.
Llynfi Valley Historical Society
St. David's Church
Maesteg, Bridgend CF34 9BL UK
Telephone: 07977 831317
Website: Llynfi Valley Historical Society
- The Society's objective is to foster an interest in local history in the valley and Wales in general through visits and discussions and in providing a series of varied and entertaining educational talks presented by acknowledged authorities in their particular fields.
Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society
Trehafod Community Village Hall
Trehafod, Pontypridd CF37 2NF UK
Telephone: 01685 376792
Website: Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society
- The Society's aim is to advance the education of the public by promoting the study of the local history and architecture of Merthyr Tydfil.
Merthyr Tydfil Museum and Heritage Group
Trehafod Community Village Hall
Trehafod, Pontypridd CF37 2NF UK
Website: Merthyr Tydfil Museum and Heritage Group
- The Groupy's aim is to advance the education of the public by the promotion, support, and improvement of the Heritage of Merthyr Tydfil and its Museums.
Neath Antiquarian Society
Old Town Hall
2 Church Place
Neath SA11 3LL UK (monthly meetings)
Neath Mechanics' Institute
4 Church Place
Neath SA11 3LL UK (Society Archives)
Telephone: 01639 620139 (Monday and Thursday only)
Website: Neath Antiquarian Society
Website #2: Neath Antiquarian Society Archives
- Formed in 1923 the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving, and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.
- The Society was formed in 1999 to carry out research into the history of the Ogmore Valley, to collect and collate documents, photographs, and other historical evidence relating to the Ogmore Valley. For the purposes of the Society, the “Ogmore Valley” is deemed to include the habitations of Blackmill, Glyn Llan, Glynogwr, Lewistown, Nantymoel, Pricetown, Ogmore Vale, Pant-yr-Awel, and Wyndham, together with their environs. These districts fall within the ancient parishes of Llandyfodwg and Llangeinor.
Oxford House Industrial History Society
Risca Industrial History Museum
Risca, Newport NP11 6GN UK
Website: Oxford House Industrial History Society
Website #2: Risca Industrial History Museum
- The Society consists of the people behind the Risca Industrial History Museum which displays its collection of artefacts, memorabilia, and photographs illustrating some of the industrial history of the area: coal mining, the iron industry, tram roads, railways, etc.
Oystermouth Historical Association
Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA UK
Telephone: 01792 361466
Website: Oystermouth Historical Association
- The Association welcomes everyone interested in the history of the village of Mumbles, the Parish of Oystermouth, and the surrounding area.
Pen Y Graig and District Historical Society
c/o Soar Centre
Pen Y Graig, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF40 1LD UK
Telephone: 01443 432778
Website: Pen Y Graig and District Historical Society
Penarth Local History Society
All Saints Lesser Hall
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 3EH UK
Telephone: 02920 702901
Website: Penarth Local History Society
Penderyn Community Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanesyddol Gymunedol Penderyn)
Penderyn Community Centre
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF44 9UX UK
Website: Penderyn Community Historical Society
- Three aims of the Society are to encourage awareness and interest in the locality, to celebrate the rich and varied traditions associated with the locality, and to provide a means of contact for people world-wide with an interest in the Penderyn locality to pursue their research.
Pentyrch & District Local History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Lleol Pentyrch a’r Cylch)
Pentyrch Village Hall
Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9PY UK
Website: Pentyrch & District Local History Society
- Pentyrch and District Local History Society was formed to record for posterity what is known about local life in past times. We hold census records for the parish from 1841 to 1911 and parish records for St Catwg’s Church back to 1695. We are happy to respond to requests for reasonable levels of family history research in these records.
- Pontypridd Historical Society exists to foster the continuing interest in the history of Pontypridd and the surrounding area as well as Wales in general and all things with a Welsh connection worldwide.
Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society
The Old Police Station
Porthcawl, Brtidgend CF36 5DT UK
Telephone: 01656 788853
Website: Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society
Radyr and Morganstown Local History Society
Old Church Rooms
Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF UK
Telephone: 02920 843176
Website: Radyr and Morganstown Local History Society
Resolfen History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen)
Website: Resolfen History Society
Rhondda Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanes y Rhondda)
Trehafod Community Hall
Cilfynydd, Pontypridd CF37 2NF UK
- The Society's aims and objectives are to research the history of the Rhondda Valleys and links with other areas of South Wales through the development of the coal industry and the community that developed with industry by preserving memories, stories, and archives as resources of information.
- Our main unit of study was the ancient parish of Roath and the researching and recording of its history. Today the object of the Society is to promote, encourage, and maintain an active interest in, and research into, the local history on any area or subject, but with particular reference to the Ecclesiastical Parish of Roath.
- It was founded in 1835 by an outstanding group of scientists, technologists, and historians who wanted to share and extend their knowledge. Among other things they founded and built what is now Swansea Museum. Today the RISW combines several roles: We share knowledge across all fields, including history, current issues, and science & technology; We have a special focus on Swansea and its area, especially its local history; and We act as the official Friends of the Swansea Museum.
- Rumney and District Local History Society, originally known as the Friends of Rumney Village, evolved from a 1990 idea of Ray Herrick who saw the need to provide an interest for active retired people. A successful public meeting was held which resulted in the formation of our Society. By 1992 an archive including old postcards and copies of photographs provided by Miss Betty Fish enabled the Society to produce a pictorial calendar. This was repeated for several years and proved to be our first successful venture. Increasing membership and interest in the Society resulted in a growing archive of local interest with exhibitions held at the annual St. Mellons Show and in St David’s Hall. Our future projects will include local and family history archives in the libraries of Rumney and St. Mellons.
- The Society is the focal point for local historical interests. The Society aims to safeguard the history of the area and to promote and maintain maximum interest in its culture, industry, and tradition.
- The SWWIAS is an organisation for all people, academic and general public, who have an interest in industrial archaeology and history, local history, metallurgy, metallurgical industries, coal mining, industrial housing, railways, canals, transport of Swansea, and the south west Wales region.
Swansea Eastside Historical Society
St Thomas Primary and Community School
80 Grenfell Park Road
St Thomas, Swansea SA1 8EZ UK
Telephone: 01792 536315
Website: Swansea Eastside Historical Society Facebook Home
- Local History Society based in St. Thomas dealing specifially with the history of the eastside of Swansea.
- The Swansea Valley History Society was formed in 1979. It was the first History Society in the valley and although a small Society its aim is to promote an historical awareness of the area centred on Pontardawe and to preserve the memories of the past.
Tredegar History & Archive Society
Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent NP22 3PS UK
Telephone: 01495 726506
Website: Tredegar History & Archive Society
Website #2: Tredegar History & Archive Society
- This Society will ensure that Tredegar’s unique history and heritage, spanning more than 200 years, will be brought to life for the towns’ people, as well as for the public at large. The Society has a wealth of display materials and artefacts that will be presented to the public in a modern and interactive way.