Local History  

Merthyr Tydfil Public Library Service has an extensive Local History Collection which includes:

  • Copies of Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers for many churches in Merthyr Tydfil.
  • Census Returns and Personal Name Indexes for Merthyr Tydfil in ten year intervals between 1841 & 1901.
  • Monumental Inscription Indexes
  • Published indexes by the Glamorgan Family History Society
  • Early Voter’s Lists & Electoral Registers for Merthyr Tydfil. Note: There are large gaps in the sequences.
  • Merthyr Express (Merthyr Edition) & other early Merthyr Tydfil newspapers on microfilm from 1864.
  • Access to the British Newspaper Archive from all of our FREE to access Library PCs 
  • Early Ordnance Survey maps for the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough & other historical maps.
  • Early County directories for Glamorganshire
  • Extensive collection of local photographs

We also have the following services to help you with your research:

  • A3 scanner to digitise old family photos and other memorabilia
  • A3 printer and laminator for family trees and charts
  • Wide range of local & family history books which can help you gain skills and a better understanding of what life was like for your ancestors
  • Staff members on hand to answer your questions

If you are unable to visit in person, research may be undertaken on your behalf. There is a charge for this service, please contact us on library.services@merthyr.gov.uk or 01685 353480 for details.

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