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Welcome to the West Glamorgan Archive Service online catalogue. It contains over 230,000 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:

Other resources on our website


External resources

  • Was your ancestor a Swansea mariner? Try the Swansea Mariners website. You can search for Swansea registered ships and the people who sailed them. We hold the original records.
  • You can find all sorts of things in old newspapers. Try Welsh Newspapers Online for all the Welsh papers up to 1919.

Found what you wanted? Find out where you can see it:

Want to know more?

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
PDF Document 12. Guide to Second World War online resources (PDF, 914KB)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.

Screen and Sound Archive

West Glamorgan Screen and Sound Archive

Our film and sound recording collections housed at the Civic Centre, Swansea

Placename index

Index of place names in the West Glamorgan area

Have you come across a name of a farm or locality and can't find it on a modern map? This index is designed to help you find where it was.

Parish registers

Parish registers at West Glamorgan Archives

Are you looking to find where your ancestors might have been baptised, married or buried? Here is a list of all the parish registers we hold.

Browse the archive catalogues

This page enables you to browse the collections held at West Glamorgan Archives and see what sort of information is available.

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