Cardiganshire - Sources for Archival Records

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Cardiganshire - Sources for Archival Records


Old Town Hall, Queen's Square, Aberystwyth. Ceredigion SY23 2EB
Telephone: 01970 633697 or 01970 633698

Opening hours and other details may be found at the website:

This office is the repository for the records of the former Cardiganshire County Council, the municipal boroughs of Aberystwyth, Cardigan and Lampeter (urban and rural district councils), Dyfed County Council, Ceredigion District Council and numerous bodies operating within the shire.

Main Collections
Cardiganshire County Council, Dyfed County Council, Board of Guardians.
School records ( Admission registers and log books)
Electoral Registers ( 1945 to the present - incomplete run)
District, Borough and Parish Councils.
Hospital Records and Petty Sessions.
Shipping Registers, Valuation lists ( 1910 "Domesday Books" )
Charity Accounts, Census Records ( on microfilm)
Parish and chapel records ( on microfilm)
Deposited private collections ( including some business collections)
Solicitors' papers, family history research, photographs, local history works etc
Newspapers : ' The Cardigan and Teifyside Advertiser' 1866 to date. 'The Cambrian News' from 1871 ( incomplete)

It is not necessary to make an appointment, but if you wish to book a micro-reader you should telephone before a visit. Large amounts of research may attract a fee, or the use of a local record agent is suggested.
Wheelchair access to the building is in the course of construction. It may be advisable to check progress beforehand.


Please refer to its website for opening hours and other details:
There is no disabled access to the Reference section which is on the 1st Floor but staff are willing to take material to the lending department.

Census Returns Held
Aberystwyth and neighbourhood 1841 - 1881, 1891 has transcript and index.
North Cardiganshire Rural Districts 1841-1881,
Cardigan and Lampeter 1851.
1841 census Llanafan, Llanbadarn-y-Croyddin, Llanfihangel-y-Croyddin.
1851 census Broncastellan and Clarach (with Llangorwen)
1841 - 1881 census Ysgubor-y-Coed.
1841 - 1881 census Cwmrheidol Census Study.
1841 - 1881 census Ceulan-y-Maesmawr, Cynnullmawr and Elerch Census study
1871 census Llanilar (Transcript)
1891 census Broncastellan, Clarach, Llangawsai, Llanbadarn, Waunfawr, Pwllhoby, Vaenor Upper, Llanbadarn Croyddin Lower, Llanychaiarn (Transcript and Index)
1891 census Melindwr, Parcel Canol, Trefeurig (Transcript and Index)
1891 census for the county of Cardiganshire on microfiche.

Index of Marriages
Llanbadarn Fawr 1804 - 1882
St. Michael, Aberystwyth 1861 - 1875

Index of Baptisms
Llanbadarn Fawr 1830 - 1879
Tabernacle, Aberystwyth; Ponterwyd C.M.; Trisant C.M.

Index of Burials
Llanbadarn Fawr 1830 - 1879
Alphabetical transcript of the burials register for St. Michael, Aberystwyth 1813 - 1879.
Index of tombstone memorials - St. Michael's Churchyard, Aberystwyth.
Monumental Inscriptions for the following areas: Llangrannog, Penbryn, Aber-porth, Llandygwydd, Rhydlewis.

Also available
Trade Directories issued in past years, not current ones.
Press cuttings from local newspapers over 25 years in Cardiganshire.
Local history section: Parish histories for Cardiganshire, some translated from the original Welsh.
Other sources:- Cardiganshire pictures and slides.


Please refer to its website for opening hours and other details:

There is a local reference section, with the local weekly newspaper 'TIVYSIDE' from June 1st 1866 - December 1980 on microfilm. No charge or booking for this. Shipping records for the port of Cardigan are held at Pembrokeshire Record Office, Haverfordwest, Pembs.


Please refer to its website for opening hours and other details:

Holds material and photographs on the history of local houses.


Click on the link for details of The Ceredigion Registration Service which deals with the statutory registrations of all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships which occur in Ceredigion.


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