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Vol. 20 1976

News from the Glamorgan Archive Service

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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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