Pembrokeshire - Sources for Archival Records

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Pembrokeshire - Sources for Archival Records - New Location

SA61 2PE
Telephone: 01437 775456

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A Readers' Ticket system is operated. Advance booking of microfilm readers is available, but there is no appointment system for the main searchroom. Topic lists are available free-of-charge on family history, house history and on specific subjects such as coal-mining and shipping. A booklet on "Family History Research in Pembrokeshire" is available by post at a cost of £2.25 (cheques payable to Pembrokeshire County Council). Additional services available (at a cost) include photocopying, scanned colour copies, printouts from microfiche/film and postal research service.

Main Collections
Public Records - Quarter Sessions of Pembrokeshire and of Haverfordwest; Records deposited with the Clerk of the Peace (e.g. land tax, electoral registers); Petty Sessions; Hospital Records; Shipping Records; Valuation Records; Census Returns.
Official Records - County Council; Borough Records - Haverfordwest, Tenby and Pembrokeshire County Council; District Council Records; Boards of Guardians; Parish Councils.
Parish registers - Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials (original registers or on microfilm).
Nonconformist Registers - Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials (original or on microfilm - very limited coverage).
Private Collections - Family and Estate Papers; Business Records; Solicitors' Papers.
Newspapers - Western Telegraph, West Wales Guardian and miscellaneous other local papers.
Maps, Photographs, and Postcards.
Local Studies - A multi format collection (including books, photographs, maps, newspaper cuttings etc.) relating to People, Places and Events of Pembrokeshire's past and present. It includes trade directories, electoral registers, family histories etc.. There is a card index to this Collection.

Please check with the Record Office for dates and geographical coverage of the above records. The GRO Index 1837-1900 is available at The County Library.


Opening Hours and details see
Reference Books - containing general information on surnames, heraldry, tracing your family tree, customs etc.
Newspapers - 'The Pembrokeshire Herald' ( 1844 - 1909) on microfilm, ' The Western Telegraph' ( 1975 to date), ' The West Wales Guardian' ( 1975 - 1996), ' The West Wales Mercury' ( 1996 to date)
Maps - The library holds a variety of current and historical maps. This includes the 1:6" Ordnance Survey series circa 1891, 1907 and 1953 as well as the 1:25" circa 1907.
I.G.I. - 1992 edition on microfiche.
Family Search (includes the IGI) - 1994 edition on CD ROM. Free access to Ancestry Library Website - which enables people to search census information and BMD index online. Census transcriptions for every parish in Pembrokeshire for 1841, 1871, 1881, and 1891.
The Francis Green Collection - Francis Green was a prominent local historian working at the turn of the century. He transcribed many documents ( wills, Muster books, plea rolls, obituaries, marriage licences etc.) relating to the genealogies of the leading families of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. These are organised into:- (1) 35 volumes of Wills with notes, (2) Approx. 800 sheet pedigrees of families. There is a card index to the collection.
Lift access is available to the Library as the Reference and Local Studies department is up two flights of stairs on the 1st Floor.


St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 6RH
Telephone: 01437 720822
Opening hours: Mondays 2.00pm - 4.00pm

The library is situated east of the north transept. Access is up a small wooden flight of stairs and a newel staircase. It is not suitable for disabled readers. First time readers are advised to ask in the cathedral bookshop or cathedral staff for directions.
Researchers are advised to phone or write before visiting.

The library holds bound photocopies of parish records for the cathedral (the originals are in the National Library of Wales). The records are baptisms, banns, marriages and deaths, from 1724. There is also a record of tombs and monuments in and around the cathedral, 1864 and 1884 editions. A charge of 60p is made for the use of the library. Postal queries relating to family history research should be straightforward. No family history research is undertaken by staff.


Water Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DW
Telephone: 01646 686356
Fax: 01646 687071
Opening hours: Monday and Friday 10.00am - 7.00pm, Tues., Wedn., Thurs. 10.00am - 5.00pm, Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm.

Local history section with books on the locality, newspaper cuttings, pamphlets and material relevant to the history of Pembroke and Pembroke Dock and surrounding villages. 1851 Census for Pembroke and Pembroke Dock and 1988 I.G.I..
There is disabled access to the library which is all on one level.


13, Market Square, Narberth Pembrokeshire
Telephone: 01834 861719
Open every day except Sunday 10.30am - 5.00pm.

The Museum's collection is related to the social history of a small Welsh market town with archive material and library.


Spittal, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5QL
(Five miles from Haverfordwest on the B4329 Cardigan road)
Telephone: 01437 731328
Opening hours: April - October: Tuesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 5.30pm.
House and Museum: Entrance £1.50 adults, concessions and children 75p.

The reserve collections and library, which are available for research by appointment, include social and industrial history and military history.


Castle Hill, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7BP
Telephone:- (01834) 842809
Opening hours: All the year round 10.00am - 5.00pm every day, except Saturdays and Sundays from November to March.
Admission charge: Adults, Concessions, Children, Families.

No specific disabled access due to site restraints. Research facilities available upon application to the Curator.

Records Held
1841 (Caldey Island), 1851, 1871, 1881 and 1891 census of Tenby.
1857 - 1980 Burial Register for St.Mary's Church, together with a survey of the graves in Tenby Cemetery, carried out in 1974.
Tenby and Penally parish registers.
Electoral Registers for Tenby: 1853, 1871, 1889, 1939, 1945, 1954, 1982, 1984, and 1989-1997.
Original issues of 'The Tenby Observer' 1865 to 1914.
Various notes and pedigrees of local families.
Chamberlains Accounts, Coroner's Inquests, Quay Wardens, Lifeboat Crews, Bastardy Bonds, Overseers' Accounts, etc..
Indentures of Apprentices 1680 to 1827, Apprentice records 1532 to 1914.
Anyone wishing to research should give 24 hours notice and make an appointment - no research facilities on Saturday or Monday. Postal research enquiries:- Minimum charge £5.00


Greenhill House, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7LB
Telephone: 01834 843934
Opening hours: Monday, Wednes., Thurs. and Friday:9.30am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 5.00pm, Tuesday, open until 6.00pm, Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm.

The library has a collection of books of local interest.


Opening Hours and details see:

East Back, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire. SA71 4HL
Telephone: 01646 682432
Opening hours: Monday and Friday 10.00 - 12 noon, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm - 4.00pm.


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