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Due to Covid-19 restrictions our Resource Centre at Aberkenfig is still CLOSED until further notice. 

However our volunteers are still available to help with Research and do Look Ups in our Society Records.  

You can send in your queries via our Virtual Help Desk

Please read the information about what resources we have access to.  

Members should also search our online indexes first to check  Baptism, Marriage, Burial and Memorial Inscription Indexes.  Members need to log in to view the indexes.

Also check our Parish/Location Coverage for each index.

Help and Brickwall Sessions are now also available monthly via Zoom - see our Events Section for details and how to join each session..



Although our Branch Meetings are still cancelled due to Covid-19 Restrictions Cardiff & Vale Branch are providing an Autumn Programme of Online Events.  

The first of these will be held on 1 September 7.20 pm with a talk by Jenni Phillips entitled:  Scrofula, Scarlet Fever & Sudden Visitations. 

Tickets are limited but can be booked via Eventbrite - see link below.

Tuesday 1 September at 7.20 Scrofula, Scarlet Fever& Sudden Visitations.  

On Saturday 5 September at 11 am we are also holding the first of our online Beginners/Brickwalls Sessions - Getting Started Online.   Click on link below to register for tickets - spaces are limited.

Saturday 5 September at 11 am - Beginners/Brickwall Session - Getting Started Online 

You can register via Eventbrite to receive notifications when further talks become available to book.  

The talks will be held on the first Tuesday in the month,  Beginners Sessions the first Saturday.  There will also be a 'Coffee and Chat' session on the third Thursday each month.  





Due to ongoing restrictions the Trustees have unfortunately had to make the decision to POSTPONE our Annual Fair at Merthyr Leisure Centre which was due to be held on Saturday 26 September.   We are very disappointed to have to make this decision but feel that the format of the event with talks and one to one help sessions would not be possible under the present circumstances.  We intend to be back in 2021 with a bigger and better fair.  Watch this space for updates!  

At the time of preparation for this edition of the Journal the lockdown is still in place, although easing slightly, but still restricting many people’s lives and activities. If there has been a positive side to this, it has shown itself in the amount of articles we have received! We have had so many that some are going to have to be held over until the next edition (the authors will be contacted), as we wanted primarily articles about Barry, so these have taken priority. Apologies are given to any disappointment about the delay if your article isn’t in this one, but it WILL go in the next if possible, and you are welcome to check up with me if you wish.

Talking of the next Journal: the other consuming news topic of the past 6 months has been the reaction to the apparently racially motivated riots in America, the UK and elsewhere, with its destruction and defacing of monuments and statues to an imperialist past. I mention this as, although we are not a political organ, we cannot ignore these concerns and feel that it is appropriate for the end of this year to ask for contributions to Glamorgan’s Black History. Therefore, if you have any Black, Asian, Mixed Race or ethnicity within your friends and family circles, please write in with your experiences, good and bad, whether in school, growing up, in the workplace, or socially, and if your experience is second-hand, ie you have observed how a BAME person is or was getting along, then please write about it.

Our Journal is lodged with the University of Wales, alongside all publications produced in Wales, and in many years’ time our journals will be the source of much useful information to students and researchers on how we, in the 2020s, have evolved our reasoning and response to racial inequality.

Meanwhile, if there is any Summer left by the time you get this, let us hope it is a more relaxing and safe environment in which to enjoy it - I know you will enjoy the multi-layered stories in this Journal.

Journal 139 can be viewed in our Members Only Area - Journal Archive.  Members need to log in to view.   Journal 139 - September 2020


 The summer of 2020 can scarcely go by without a mention of the pandemic that has arisen, and our thoughts will be those with particular worries amongst friends and families. Our love of history brings to mind that other pandemic of a 100 years ago, the so-called ‘Spanish’ flu, just coming to an end in late 1920.

For this edition we asked for topics with any and every theme in mind, so what follows is truly eclectic and hopefully will bring interest and relief from the bad news around us. We have sport, music, memories, disputes and debates, a little amusement, along with a not-so-nice account of a vicious crime in Cardiff. There are no apologies for including an item from a member about his father struggling home across Europe at the end of WWII, as this month marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day; many celebrations had been organised but are obviously being postponed until a later date.

There is no Centre Insert with this Journal but included is the Annual Report and Accounts. The full reports and Notes to the Accounts will be made available on our website shortly.

On the next page you will see the current ‘Coronavirus’ statement from the Executive Committee. It is with regret that we have had to cancel the Society's activities for the foreseeable future.  Just as we go to print we have also unfortunately had to make the decision to postpone this year’s Annual Fair in September to 2021.

In this time of seclusion in our homes, please continue to raid your family archives for more stories and memories - and keep in touch. Also let us know of any successes you may have with the online materials now being made available during ‘lockdown’ such as the FREE digital resources at the National Archives at Kew: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk.

Have a good summer and stay safe!

Journal 138 and the Society's Report and Accounts can be accessed in our Members Only Area.