News from the Glamorgan Archive Service The past year has seen several significant developments within the Glamorgan Archive Service. These promise to safeguard docu- ments now at risk and to make collections more accessible to the searcher. Most welcome has been the conclusion of negotiations with the Church in Wales resulting in the recognition of the Welsh County Record Offices as official places of deposit for ecclesiastical parish records. The response from parishes has been immediate and en- couraging, both in Glamorgan and elsewhere in Wales. We are now bringing into the strongrooms, from those parishes that wish to use their local repository, parish registers and other records formerly stored in vestries or vicarages, in safes, boxes or desks. Ecclesiastical parish registers will give students of local history an important additional source for the study of their area and its inhabitants, more particularly for the period before civil reg- istration was introduced. Parish registers document the generations of urban and rural communities and provide evidence for demo- graphic, economic and social patterns. Among the volumes just received is the entry of the burial of Dic Penderyn, at Aberavon, in 1831. Another resolution of consequence made earlier this year by the County of South Glamorgan provides for the archives of the former Cardiff City Library to pass into the care and admini- stration of the Glamorgan Archive Service. Work is proceeding on the location, identification and scheduling of collections at Cardiff Library, and documents are being transferred to the strongrooms in Cathay s Park. The first collections to be moved were volumes arising from the Cardiff Union, and the Bushby collection relating to the manors of Afan Wallia, Tir Iarll, Neath Citra and Britton. Searchers are advised to contact the Archive Service for information on the present location of material and on the schedules prepared. A first report will appear in the next issue of Morgannwg. The identity of the Cardiff Collection will be preserved, and its contents will now become available for study in conjunction with documents already in the Glamorgan Record Office, in several
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