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OUR BRANCHES

AND BRANCH FACILITIES

The Society is organised into five branches, each of which is run by its own Branch Management Committee. These are supervised by our Society Executive Committee at County level, on which each branch has a nominated representative. In addition, the Chairman of each Branch is eligible to be an ex-officio Vice-Chairman of the Society and serve on the Executive Committee if he or she so wishes.

Our branches are centres of expertise based originally on the nineteenth century Registration Districts and Sub-Districts of the historic county of Monmouthshire. However, the areas they now cover have been marginally adjusted to broadly reflect the current unitary authorities that replaced the subsequent county of Gwent in 1996:

County Map showing area covered by branches
     HISTORIC MONMOUTHSHIRE
     AND OUR BRANCH AREAS
County Map showing new unitary authority areas
     MODERN UNITARY AUTHORITIES
    FROM 1996 ONWARDS

bullet BLACKWOOD BRANCH

Blackwood branch broadly covers the Rock Bedwellty Sub-District within Bedwellty Registration District and the Mynyddislwyn Sub-District within Newport Registration District, but excluding the parish of Machen. (Before 1852, Bedwellty was a Sub-District within Abergavenny R.D.)
It is broadly equivalent to the eastern part of the current Caerphilly Council area, the western half of which is within the historic county of Glamorgan.
You can contact our Blackwood Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.bla@gwentfhs.info
 

bullet CHEPSTOW AND WYE VALLEY BRANCH

Chepstow and Wye Valley branch broadly covers the Registration Districts of Chepstow and Monmouth (excluding the parishes within Gloucestershire and Herefordshire).
It is broadly equivalent to the eastern part of the current Monmouthshire County Council area.
You can contact our Chepstow and Wye Valley Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.che@gwentfhs.info
 

bullet EBBW VALE AND NORTH GWENT BRANCH

Ebbw Vale and North Gwent branch broadly covers the Abergavenny R.D. and the Aberystruth and Tredegar Sub Districts of Bedwellty Registration District. (Before 1852, Bedwellty was a Sub-District within Abergavenny R.D.).
It is broadly equivalent to the current Blaenau Gwent Council area and the north-western part of the current Monmouthshire County Council area.
You can contact our Ebbw Vale and North Gwent Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.ebb@gwentfhs.info
 

bullet NEWPORT BRANCH

Newport branch covers the Sub Districts of Newport, Caerleon, and St Woollos within the Registration District of Newport, and the parish of Machen within Mynyddislwyn Sub District. It also includes Rumney and St Mellons, which were part of Monmouthshire but came under the Cardiff Registration District.
It is broadly equivalent to the current Newport City Council area.
You can contact our Newport Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.new@gwentfhs.info
 

bullet PONTYPOOL BRANCH

Pontypool branch covers the Registration District of Pontypool, with its Sub Districts of Pontypool, Usk and Llangibby.
It is broadly equivalent to the current Torfaen Council area and the south-western part of the current Monmouthshire County Council area.
You can contact our Pontypool Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.pon@gwentfhs.info

All five Branches hold monthly Branch Meetings, at which there are usually guest speakers, who talk on varied subjects of interest about family history, local history, research resources, or related topics.

You are also encouraged to become knowledgeable in research techniques. Newport Branch holds an annual cycle of monthly tuition classes, whilst the Chepstow Branch arranges such evenings according to demand. Monthly help-desks are also held at local libraries by Chepstow and Newport Branches.

Both members and visitors alike are most welcome at any of the above. Additionally, Blackwood, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool Branches hold "workshop" evenings for members only, at which you can progress your own research using their extensive resource facilities.

To learn more about these branches, where and when they meet, their future programme of speakers etc, and the nineteenth century parishes they cover, please "click" on the name of the appropriate branch in the preceding section headings. You can then return to this page by "clicking" on the 'Branches' button on the page you visited.


Go to the top of this LIST BOOK LIBRARIES Go to the top of this PAGE

Each Branch has a library of books which is taken to its monthly branch meetings and members may borrow from this stock for a small fee. The selection of books are of historical or genealogical interest, to assist members with their researches or to provide information on the social or historic background.

Go to the top of this LIST BOOK STALLS Go to the top of this PAGE

Members attending meetings of Newport and Pontypool Branches will find a variety of books on sale on their Branch book stalls, published by the Federation of Family History Societies and others. These include books specifically aimed at helping members with their research.

Profits made from the sales of these books go directly into branch funds, to help purchase further resources.;

Go to the top of this LIST CD-ROM LIBRARIES Go to the top of this PAGE

Most Branches each have a library of CD-ROMs, from which members may borrow at the monthly branch meeting, with donations being welcomed so that further stock can then be bought. Their 'core' selection of CD-ROMs comprises the LDS Vital Records Indexes for Great Britain and the 1881 Census Index for Great Britain.

Other selections vary from branch to branch, and include items such as the 1851 3-county Census Index, the LDS Vital Records Indexes for North America and Australia, the UK-InfoDisk, and the 1851 Census Indexes for Gloucester and for Bristol. Check with the branch concerned for details of the actual stock but please remember they can only be borrowed in person at the monthly branch meeting. And one of Murphy's Laws of Genealogy states that there may be a waiting list for the one you want!

Go to the top of this LIST FAMILY HISTORY MAGAZINES Go to the top of this PAGE

A number of our branches obtain copies of the Family Tree Magazine and Family History Monthly each month for those members who are interested. At some branches, the members receive and pay for their copies at the monthly meetings of Family History Monthly, whilst also other branches arrange for its members to complete subscription forms for them to have their copies delivered direct by post at a reduced annual cost to their homes. In each case, as well as being more convenient for members, it is an extra way of raising funds for the branch through the special discount arranged with the publishers.

Go to the top of this LIST MICROFICHE LIBRARIES Go to the top of this PAGE

All branches hold a copy of the 1881 Census Index section for Monmouthshire and most of our Branches own a copy of the International Genealogical Index for the UK on fiche. Sections of the 1881 Census Index for some of the other counties in England and Wales, and sets of various other fiche, have been purchased by the individual Branches in accordance with the interests expressed by their Branch members.

For a nominal charge, these may be borrowed by the members, together with the loan of a fiche reader for those members who can arrange to collect it and return it.

Go to the top of this LIST VISITS TO RESEARCH CENTRES Go to the top of this PAGE

Our Blackwood Branch arranges trips from Blackwood to The National Archives at Kew in London, via Newport and Chepstow, on a regular basis each year.

All trips are publicised in advance at branch meetings and all members are eligible to join in, provided seats are available. Please see our page of Dates for your Diary to see more details and the dates of the trips that are currently planned.


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