Bore da bawb,
Gareth, this e-mail is to prove that I'm not sleeping!
Seriously, though, there's an ideal job going for family history buffs,
the only snag for some of you that it's in Aberystwyth. Helen Palmer,
County Archivist for Ceredigion is looking for a part-time Archives and
Records Management Assistant.This job is advertised in the two local
newspapers that cover the old county of Cardiganshire. They frequently
publish articles that can be useful to anyone interested in local or
family history and both have websites.
The 'Tivy-Side Advertiser' covers the southern part of the county, as
well as northern Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire has been running for
136 years. In Helen Palmer's County Record Office you can search through
old editions of the paper, including 19th century ones - the actual
yellow, fragile copies - and they have been indexed too. Website is:
The 'Cambrian News' covers the whole county of Cardiganshire and also
northern Carmarthenshire, old southern Merionethshire, Caernarvonshire
and into Montgomeryshire. This newspaper has 13 bilingual websites but
the main one is: www.cambrian-news-today.co.uk
In addition to these local newspapers throughout Wales there are many
'papurau bro': localised Welsh-language monthly newspapers. They have
many fascinating items of much interest again to family historians
-histories of families, chapels and churches, villages,local characters.
Our local one is 'Y Garthen' which covers an area around Llandysul,
Newcastle Emlyn, Drefach Felindre, Pencader etc. 'Y Gambo' covers
southern Ceredigion, 'Y Clebran' covers the area around Crymych. There
are so many of these local newspapers from Cardiff in the south of Wales
to Anglesey in the north but you need to be have a working knowledge of
the Welsh language, at least be a learner with a dictionary, to be able
to read them.
There are many magazines and periodicals in Wales which are published in
English, Welsh or bilingual, that can be useful to local and family
historians. There are too many to mention here, perhaps I will make a
list of them at some time in the future. However, two which are
published here in Newcastle Emlyn by David Fielding are 'Carmarthenshire
Life' and 'Pembrokeshire Life' which cover those respective counties.
This month's Carmarthenshire Life' contains an article about 'The
Carmarthenshire Placename Survey Database' by Peter Wihl for the
Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society. This database shows every placename
in the county occurring in pre-1948 maps and documents, around 15,000
in all. Peter will search the database for researchers.
Hope that the above is of interest to researchers.