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Welcome to the West Glamorgan Archive Service online catalogue. It contains over 200,000 entries describing items in our collections, and includes archive documents, recordings in our screen and sound archive, and books and articles in our searchroom library.

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Before you begin, here are some links to help you find out how the catalogue works and how to get the most out of searching it:


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Here are some leaflets and source lists that we have put together to explain some of the popular record types and help you with your research:

PDF Document 1. Poor Law Union records (PDF, 293kb)Opens new window
PDF Document 2. The Land Tax (PDF, 812kb)Opens new window
PDF Document 3. A map of ancient parishes in West Glamorgan (PDF, 603kb)Opens new window
PDF Document 4. Tithe maps (PDF, 450kb)Opens new window
PDF Document 5. Reading old documents (PDF, 709kb)Opens new window
PDF Document 6. Electoral registers (PDF, 835kb)Opens new window
PDF Document 7. Parish registers and chapel records (PDF, 2Mb)Opens new window
PDF Document 8. Schools and their records (PDF, 2Mb)Opens new window
PDF Document 9. Local authority boundaries in West Glamorgan (PDF, 9Mb)Opens new window
PDF Document 10. Coroners' records (PDF, 5Mb)Opens new window
PDF Document 11. A gazetteer of localities in the West Glamorgan area (PDF, 5Mb)Opens new window

Using the catalogue

Using the catalogue

How to get the best out of searching the catalogues.

Frequently asked questions

Archive collection FAQs

Information about the catalogue and how to use it.

Terms used in the catalogue

Terms used in the archive catalogue

An explanation of some of the terms used in our online catalogue.

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