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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Glamorgan Family History Show October 2012

People’s Collection Wales officer, Helen Rowe demonstrating the website at last week’s Glamorgan Family History show.

On Saturday 13 October, Helen Rowe and Nicola Roberts had a very rewarding day on the Royal Commission stand at the Glamorgan Family History Show in Merthyr Tydfil. With around 850 attendees to the show, we were inundated with people looking for information on the places relating to their family history research. Using our laptops, we were able to search live on Coflein and Peoples Collection Wales to help explore peoples’ stories, including that of a distant cousin who was first on the scene of the wreck of the ‘Royal Charter’ at Moelfre during the Great Storm of 1859. As well as family related searches, Glamorgan University were on the look-out for photos of the college in earlier times as a technical college and then a polytechnic to help put together material for a centenary book; a former headmaster of the Secondary School at Cyfarthfa Castle was on the hunt for specific information about the building in the 1960s and we heard about life as an electrical engineer in the mines at Cynheidre and Nantgarw collieries. If you are researching a building or have a story to tell why not see our resources on Coflein, or upload your own photos and memories to Peoples Collection Wales.

Future autumn events include:
Archive Day to be held on 24 October
Swansea Museum, Local History Book Fair to be held on 27 October
Amlwch Memories Day to be held on 3 November
Pembrokeshire Archaeology Day to be held on 17 November

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