The Valleys
Trace Your Roots

Trace Your Roots

These pages will help you trace your roots in The Valleys, take a look at our case studies and the history of migration.

A visit to The Gwent Archives or The Glamorgan Archives will be a helpful starting point for most seeking information about their ancestors.

Useful Information and web links

It’s human nature to be intrigued by our past and ancestry and, with a bit of help, it’s never been easier to trace your roots in The Valleys. There is a wealth of information that can be found in the many libraries in the area and the links provided here will help get your quest off to a flying start.

Abersychan and Garndiffaith Local History Group

This web site is aimed at members, local communities, and the descendants of the many people from this area who live all over the world. Examples of want you can find on this website are:

  • Description and location of our area
  • Agricultural History
  • Industrial History
  • Publications
  • Help on Family History
  • Membership details and our programme for the year.

Abersychan & Garndiffaith District Local History Group Meetings are held on Monday evenings at Garndiffaith Senior Citizens Hall, commencing at 7 pm. Newcomers are very welcome to attend.

Abertillery Online

The Abertillery Online website has specific sections on local and family history with search information, people's interests and offers of look-ups using census records, burial records, monumental inscriptions, etc. for the local area as well as historical sections on Old Abertillery of use to genealogists interested in the area. The associated message board has a specific section for Family History queries.

Cwmtillery Online

Village located north of Abertillery. Site includes history, genealogy information, churches, news, and walks. Also has message board where queries on local genealogy and history are welcome.

South Wales Gazette

Cybertyleri also run the South Wales Gazette website. The group has digitised the archived editions of the South Wales Gazette (1888 to 1938) to tell the fascinating history of the town and the western valley of Monmouthshire through the pages of its local newspaper and make them available for research by local and family historians. The group meets every Tuesday morning in St. Michael’s on the Streets in Church Street for genealogy research and searching the South Wales Gazette archives – all welcome.

Postcard from Blaenavon

Old Blaenafon in photos, family and local history

The Blaina Heritage Action Group Museum

A relatively new site for Blaina Heritage Centre with a forum, sections on local history and genealogy look ups

Brynmawr Wales History - Genealogy Project

Jeff Thomas's Brynmawr website concentrates on the history and genealogy of the area, and provides about 50 high-quality digital photos of the town and surrounding area. It also offers:+ Early history of Rehoboth Church, Brynmawr+ The Nantyglo Round Towers complex (industrial history)+ Pigot's 1844 directory of Brynmawr and Llanelly Parish+ History & description of Llanelly Parish Church, Breconshire+ Monumental Inscriptions, Llanelly church cemetery

Brynmawr Scene

Brynmawrscene is the community site for the residents, ex patriots and descendents of the people of Brynmawr, Gwent - the highest town in Britain. Has a message board where queries on history and genealogy are welcome.

Cross KeysA collection of photographs of Cross Keys and the adjacent Ebbw and Sirhowy Valleys together with the local history of Cross Keys and the surrounding areas. Has a message board for local history, genealogy and other enquiries.

Find out more about Cwmbran and its inhabitants. It has everything from a background history of Cwmbran - which looks back to the days of the Cwmbran Development Corportation and the Lucas Girling factory - to old school photographs.  It also has a message board where users can leave messages for long lost chums and old school friends, to comment on Cwmbran (both past and present) or give feedback on what you think of the site.

The aim of the website is to evolve into a detailed history and promotional tool for past, present and future residents of Cwmbran and with the redevelopment of the Cwmbran Town Centre, it's also a great place for ex-pats to keep up-to-date on what is happening to their home town.

Ebbw Vale County Grammar School

A site for former pupils of the school including a reminiscence section and a feedback/enquiries board.

Ebbw Vale Heritage Archives

An excellent site with videos and images of old Ebbw Vale in particular the steelworks

Newbridge OnlineVery interesting section on local history including Cwmcarn and Abercarn. Has a message board for local history, genealogy and other enquiries.

Trinant and Pentwyn Community PartnershipA Communities First partnership site that contains a small section on local history. 

Sirhowy Valley siteA site dedicated to the people, places and history of the Sirhowy Valley with history and exiles sections as well as a gallery.

Oakdale VillageA comprehensive site on Oakdale overlooking the Sirhowy Valley with an excellent history section on this ‘model village' covering the surrounding area as well such as Penmaen. Has a specific section for genealogy and a forum for general enquiries

TredegarThe site provides information to local people and people around the world that have an interest in the town. With a gallery, pages for local and family history and a message board with a specific genealogy section

Old Merthyr TydfilExcellent source of old images (postcards and photographs) of old Merthyr Tydfil with a guestbook which welcomes family and local history enquiries.The Pentyrch and District Local History SocietyJust on the fringe of the valleys, the society organises local 'Discovery and Information' walks and visits to historical sites, arranges local exhibitions/seminars, and publishes material on local places and people as they were. With census records for the parish from 1841 to 1891 and St Catwg's Church parish records for back to 1695, they respond to requests for reasonable levels of family history research in these records. 

Pontypridd Town siteAn often irreverent ‘independent’ look at Pontypridd with sections on history and activities in the town and surrounding area, reflected in its message board.

Cynon Valley website

The Cynon Valley website, incorporating the towns of Aberdare and Mountain Ash has information on tourism, attractions, news, what's on and things to do in the Cynon Valley and a significant source of information for and about the communities and people of The Cynon Valley.

Aberdare Online Aberdare Online is an online community for Aberdare, the Cynon Valley and the surrounding areas. Contains sections on local history and heritage with special features and a discussion board with a family history section.

A history of RhonddaThis website is a “socio-economic history of the Rhondda Valleys during the period 1800 to 1950, when Coal was King!” with lots of historical information useful to local and family historians.

The History of the Rhondda ValleysA site that contains historical information useful to local and family historians.

“Dedicated to the south Wales village of Tonyrefail”, this site has masses of history and family history information with excellent old photographs.

Cwmgors a'r waun (Aman a Tawe)A genealogy/local history site embracing the villages of Cwmgors and Gwauncaegurwenand the parish of Llangiwg, together with the Amman Valley

Cwmamman HistoryThe people and sights of Garnant and Glanamman and to make them available to anyone who has an interest in how the community used to be. This site intends to focus mainly on the history of Garnant and Glanamman, which were once one village known as Cwmamman.