Merthyr Tydfil to host Family and Local History Fair

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On Saturday 13 October 2012, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre plays host to the Glamorgan Family History Society as they hold their Family and Local History Fair.

Previous Family and Local History Fair

Last year more than 600 people visited the fair, and this year's event is even bigger with over 60 exhibitors taking part. There will also be a series of talks by guest speakers who will provide helpful hints and tips to help you with your family history research.

  • Amy Sell of FindMyPast gives an overview of the records available on the web site, as well as looking at the Welsh parish registers.
  • Dr Brian Swan of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, reviews DNA and Welsh Family history, and asks "Where are we now and where might we go?"
  • Mark Bayley of S & N British Data Archive Ltd offers some advice on overcoming some stumbling blocks in family history research. He will reveal some unique strategies for finding those hard to trace relatives.
  • Beryl Evans of the National Library of Wales discusses sources available at the library such as the Great Session records which are unique to Wales.

Some of the exhibitors taking part in the fair include:

  • Glamorgan Family History Society
  • Glamorgan FHS Bookstall
  • Help and Advice Desk – Gwyn & Kathleen Rhys
  • Bridgend Branch
  • Cardiff Branch
  • Cynon Valley Branch
  • Merthyr Tydfil Branch
  • Pontypridd & Rhondda Branch
  • Swansea Branch

Archives, Libraries & Museums

  • Cyfartha Castle Museum
  • Glamorgan Archives
  • MerthyrTydfil Library
  • Merthyr Tydfil Register Office
  • National Library of Wales
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff Libraries
  • Royal Commission for Ancient Monuments

Books and Postcards

  • Audrey Griffiths
  • David Salter Postcards
  • Family History Partnership
  • Glamorgan FHS Bookstall
  • Jeff Evans
  • Llyfrau Gwynedd Williams – Old Books

Family History

  • Anglo Italian FHS
  • Association of FHS Wales
  • Brecon Local & FHS
  • Bristol & Avon FHS
  • Cardiganshire FHS
  • Dyfed FHS
  • Family & Community Historical Society
  • Gloucestershire FHS
  • Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS)
  • Gwent FHS
  • Hereford FHS
  • International Society of Genetics
  • Powys FHS
  • Somerset & Dorset FHS
  • Weston-Super-Mare FHS
  • Wiltshire FHS

Genealogical Services

  • CAB Search
  • Find My Past
  • Genealogy Printers
  • Heraldic Names
  • Irish Ancestors 4U
  • L & J Research
  • Maxbal Genealogy
  • Newtown Design Services
  • Nostalgia Online
  • Pembrokeshire Research Solutions
  • Reflective Images
  • S & N Genealogy Supplies
  • The Genealogist
  • WDYTYA Magazine

Local History

  • Caerphilly LHS
  • Cynon Valley History Society
  • Dic Penderyn Society
  • Friends of Saron (Troedyrhiw)
  • Gelligaer Historical Society
  • Gelligaer Local History Appreciation Society
  • Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society
  • Soar Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
  • Wyvern Midland Railway Index


  • Angela Hughes – WWI Rhondda Servicemen
  • Fred Cutter – WWI Glamorgan soldiers
  • Michael Donovan – Military
  • Western Front


  • Family Silver
  • Joshua Horgan Print & Design
  • S J Jewellery


  • Merthyr Tydfil Tourist Information Centre
  • Valleys Regional Tourism
  • Visit West Wales

Details of how to get to the leisure centre by various forms of transport are available on the Glamorgan Family History Society website. For satnav purposes the postcode is CF48 1UT.

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