Family History Societies - Flintshire to Gloucestershire

This section lists county associations from Flintshire to Gloucestershire providing details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.


Clwyd FHS:


Joy Thomas
2 Friars Close
LL12 7RA

Resource Centre:

Resource Centre
Community Enterprise Centre
Well Street
Cefn Mawr
LL14 3AL



The association was founded in 1980 and encourages the study of genealogy in North East Wales.

The old counties of Flintshire, Denbighshire and parts of Merionethshire were merged together in 1974 and re-named Clwyd. On 31st March 1996, Clwyd was abolished as an administrative county and four new unitary authorities were formed. These were Flintshire, Denbighshire, Wrexham County Borough and Conwy County Borough.

The Society's Research Centre is situated in Cefn Mawr.  The building is fully accessible, and has disabled toilets.  Hot drinks can be made in the small kitchen, and food can be consumed in the members' room.  Light snacks and sandwiches can be purchased in the Community Cafe, situated next door. 

If travelling by car, you should take the A483 exit to the south of Ruabon, and then follow the road to Rhosymedre, turning off to Cefn Mawr.  Parking is available at the centre.

If travelling by train, you should take the train to Ruabon, which is served by trains travelling from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury or Chester, and from Cardiff Central to Holyhead.

You should take Arriva Buses 2 or 2A from Wrexham to Oswestry or 2C from Wrexham to Cefn Mawr to reach the Centre.  The Vale of Llangollen Bus 2V from Wrexham to Cefn Mawr also stops near the Centre, as does GHA Coaches Service 2V from Wrexham to Glyn Ceiriog.  All buses serve Ruabon railway station.

Some publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • 1841 Census - Wrexham Town
  • Blackwell Index - Denbighshire Nonconformist Registers
  • Burial Register Indexes
  • Clockmakers of Llanrwst: Pre-Industrial clock making in a Welsh market town
  • Cocking Index - Flintshire Nonconformist Registers
  • Heart of a Dragon: The VCs of Wales and the Welsh Regiments 1854-1902
  • Heroic Circumstances: An account of the Sacrifices of the Men and Women of Ruthin and District During the Great War 1914-1918
  • History of the Parish of Marchwiel
  • Index to Welsh Wills Proved at Chester
  • Marriage Strays
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • North Wales Directories 1818-1936
  • Notitiae of St Asaph Diocese (Census of Denbighshire Parishes c 1680)
  • Parish Register Transcriptions
  • Place-Names of Dee and Alun
  • Ruabon - List of Voters 1841

On payment of a fee, the Society can perform look-ups in their 1881 Census Indexes for the former county of Clwyd, Parish Register Transcriptions and Monumental Inscriptions.

A list of churches in the area is also available on their site.



Glamorgan FHS:


Mrs Jane Jones
c/o Glamorgan Family History Society
44 Hendrecafn Road
CF40 1LL


The Society was established in 1974, aiming to provide a forum for anyone researching their family history and genealogy, even if you do not live in Glamorgan or have any connections to the county.

Members help each other with their research queries, exchange information and enjoy the lectures presented by the Society.  They also help to transcribe documents and records relating to Glamorgan, these being available to members worldwide.

A list of surnames currently being researched by members is also available.

The Aberkenfig Research Centre, the Society's Office, was opened in 2002 and is located near Junction 36 of the M4 and is in the centre of the old county of Glamorgan.  Many resources can be utilised in the Centre, which incorporate:

  • Barry Directory 1897
  • Bishop's Transcripts
  • Books relating to the rest of Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland
  • Census Indexes
  • Churchwardens & Sextons Book St. Mary's Churchyard, Swansea 1859-1861
  • Devonshire Parish Registers: Uffculme Marriages
  • Glamorgan County Asylum: Female Case Notes 1865-1902
  • Glamorgan Electoral Register 1845-1846
  • Glamorgan Strays
  • Hampshire Marriages
  • Historic Roll for Wales - Contributors to Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund 1898-1904
  • Journals
  • Local History Books
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Militia Ballot Lists
  • Parish Registers
  • Reference Books
  • Regimental Indexes
  • Register of Cottage Leases - Dowlais Iron Company 1818-1877
  • Register of Successful Vaccination, Breconshire
  • Welsh Casualty List- South African War 1899-1902

Many other books are also available in the Centre.

You can purchase copies of some items for personal use.  

Some computers are available, providing access to FindmyPast.  Computers must be booked in advance of your visit and is limited to a maximum of 2 hours per visit.  If you require help with your research, you can book time with a volunteer, but this is also limited to 2 hours.  The Society makes a charge to people utilising the resources at the Centre.

If travelling by car, you should turn of the M4 at Junction 36 following the signs to Maesteg and Services.  When you reach the roundabout, you should follow B4281, then turning right into Brigend Road.  Turn right into Pandy Road, following the road past the Police Station, then taking a right turn into Heol Persondy.  When opposite the school, turn right into a narrow lane which leads to the Centre.  Parking is available at the Centre.  The postcode if you wish to use a Sat Nav is CF32 9RF.

Buses 32 or 36 from Bridgend to Maesteg go past the Centre.  You should exit the bus opposite Starr Carpets.

Trains run from Bridgend to Sarn.  You should turn right from the station, head past the Church, then turn left into Heol Persondy.



Bristol and Avon FHS:


Gwyneth Dean
4 Banwell Close
BS31 1JX



The Society was formed in 1975, and wants to help promote and encourage the public study of genealogy and any other associated interests.  The area covered by the Society includes Bristol and Bath, and running in the North from Thornbury to Hawkesbury. 

The association also covers Marshfield and Bathford to Hinton Charterhouse, heading west to Radstock and across the Mendips to Uphill.  A list of parishes covered by the Society is on their website.

The Society has a Research Room, situated in Bristol in the Create Centre.  It is located in Bristol Archives, 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN.  Free access to FindmyPast and Ancestry is available through the Society's computers.

If using public transport, any bus going via Hotwells/Merchant Road serves the Centre.  If travelling via the Park and Ride service, buses heading between Long Ashton and the Portway also serve the Centre. 

Bus services 505 from Southmead Hospital to Bower Ashton via Horfield, Clifton, Queens Road, Hotwells Service, and 506 service from Southmead Hospital linking Broadmead with Temple Meads, serve the Centre.

You can also use the Bristol Ferry service, which you can catch outside Temple Meads Station and leave at the Nova Scotia pub.  The pub is approximately 5 minutes walk from the Centre.

Many publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • Baptismal, Marriage and Burial Registers Collections
  • Bristol Apprenticeship Books 1724-2009
  • Bristol Burgess Books 1557-1995
  • Bristol Pipe Makers and their Families of the 17th to 20th Centuries
  • Bristol Royal Infirmary - In-Patient Register Index 1751-1775
  • Burial Registers Collection
  • Butcher, Baker, Candle Maker - Chipping Sodbury from 1795
  • Census Indexes
  • Crew Lists - Index to records held at Bristol Record Office
  • Tithe Apportionment Books - Index to records held at Bristol Record Office
  • Insurance Policy Holders 1714-1731, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire
  • Journal Archive - Numbers 1-115 covering Autumn 1975 to March 2004
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers

Books sold by the Society include:

  • A-Z History of 200 Bristol Street Names
  • A-Z of Pub Signs and their Origins
  • Arnos Vale Bristol
  • Bristol Marriages 1800-1837
  • Bristol's Pauper Children
  • Butcher, Baker, Candle Maker - Chipping Sodbury from 1795
  • Family History Work Book
  • Forward to the Past - Another Journey in Ancestry
  • Killed in a Coalpit
  • Local History Books
  • Reference Books
  • We Have Our Lives


Gloucestershire FHS:

Address (General Enquiries):

Gloucestershire Family History Society
Clarence Row
Alvin Street



The Society helps people who are conducting research into their ancestors and have a connection with the county.

The association holds monthly meetings in Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester and the Forest of Dean. They also have a Centre in Gloucester which is based in the grounds of Gloucestershire Archives.  Parking is available at the Centre.  The building is fully accessible. 

You should book in advance of your visit to book a computer or microfiche reader and to check the resources you wish to consult are available.  

12 computers are available in the Archive, offering access to the following resources relating to Gloucestershire:

  • 18th Century Parish Registers
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Details (1837-)
  • Baptism Indexes 1813-1837
  • Burials Indexes 1813-1851
  • Forest of Dean Parish Records
  • Marriage Indexes 1759-1837
  • Memorial Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Baptisms
  • Quakers' Registers Baptisms 1813-1837
  • Tredsworth Cemetery Records 1857-

Local history books and reference books are also available.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • 18th Century Parish Registers: Cam, Coaley, Dursley, Nympsfield, Owlpen, Slimbridge, Stinchcombe, Uley
  • Coney Hill Burial Ground Register 1938-2015
  • Burial Registers
  • Electoral Roll 1931
  • Forest of Dean Monumental Inscriptions
  • Freemen of the City of Gloucester 1838-2013
  • GFHS Journal Back Issues
  • Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Quaker Registers: Births 1642-1837, Burials 1655-1908, Marriages 1656-1908
  • Gloucestershire Diocese Baptism Index 1813-1837
  • Gloucestershire Diocese Burial Index 1813-1851
  • Gloucestershire Diocese Marriage Index 1754-1799, 1800-1837
  • Local History Books
  • Maps
  • Monumental Inscriptions
  • Nonconformist Registers
  • Reference Books
  • St Gregory's RC Cheltenham Baptisms 1809-1903
  • St Mary Cheltenham Parish Records 1558-1804
  • Tredworth Burial Ground Register 1857-1901, 1901-1961
  • Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll
  • Yorkshire List of Names


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