Online Local History Data Sources

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The British Newspaper Archive - A 'pay to view' archive of the British Library's newspaper collections contains most of the runs of newspapers published in the UK since 1800. The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years.

Find my Past - one of the 'pay to view' family history site. Includes a facility to search census returns by address - another 'pay to view' genealogy site - with parish records, probate and wills details. Also through, there are links to 1911 Census; Free BMD and War Records

Map History / History of Cartography - a non-commercial mixture of comment and tips (spread over about 100 'pages') and many thousands of links to free sites for old and early maps — non-current maps in general.

GENUKI Plus - a search engine for a database that includes pages from the web sites of the National Archives, the Society of Genealogists and Federation of Family History Societies. It also includes all the majority of Family History Society and County Surname Interest List sites.

Historical Directories - produced and owned by the University of Leicester. It is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919 - high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.


ARCHON Directory of Repositories in Wales - The National Archives' website hosts a variety of resources. As the official public archive of the United Kingdom government, it holds records covering more than 1,000 years of history, including Government records which have been selected for permanent preservation. The ARCHON Directory includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom and also for institutions elsewhere in the world which have substantial collections of manuscripts noted under the indexes to the National Register of Archives.

Archives Wales - information about more than 7,000 collections of historical records in the holdings of 21 archives in Wales.

National Library of Wales - the national legal deposit library of Wales; one of the Welsh Government sponsored bodies.

Welsh Newspapers Online BETA - run as part of the National Library of Wales, this website offers free access to 6.8 million articles and 630,000 pages ... and growing... 27 new publications added February 2014

Welsh Journals Online - provides free access to scholarship from Wales. Back-numbers of up to 50 titles are available here, ranging from academic and scientific publications to literary and popular magazines.

The People's Collection Wales - People’s Collection Wales draws together the digital collections of the main heritage institutions in Wales, alongside content from smaller museums, archives and libraries.

Community Archives Wales - begun as a pilot project to enable eleven groups within Communities First areas throughout Wales to create their own digital archives and share them on the CAW website. Since then, other groups have contributed to the project.

Women's Archive of Wales - promotes the recognition of women in Welsh history and the preservation of sources of women's history in Wales.

Gathering the Jewels offline due to essential security maintenance on 15 February 2014


Canfod - Glamorgan Archives’ online catalogue

Glamorgan History Society - nurturing the study of all aspects of the history of Glamorgan, within the wider context of the history of Wales.

Genuki - Glamorgan Bibliography - Cardiff - provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland. It is a non-commercial service, maintained by a charitable trust and a group of volunteers.


Cardiff: the building of a capital - Glamorgan Archives holds 40,000 building regulation plans for Cardiff. The collection includes schools, cinemas, sports stadia, hotels, public houses, coffee bars, air raid shelters, shops, workhouses, hospitals, offices, factories, churches, mosques, synagogues and houses.

Genuki - Pigot's London Provincial Directory, 1822-1823

Genuki - Slaters Commercial Directory, 1858-1859

Genuki - Slaters Commercial Directory, 1880


Friends of Cathays Cemetery - founded in late 2006, and comprises members from all walks of life and interests, who are all committed to protecting and developing Cathays Cemetery for the future.

Cathays Park

Cathays Park news items in the Western Mail newspaper - list of contemporary news stories, Council committee reports and notices from the Western Mail from 1887 to 1900, which are significant in the history and development of Cathays Park and Civic Centre buildings.