Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy

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Guide to Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy ancestry, family history and genealogy parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.


Glamorgan was sometimes, incorrectly, known as Glamorganshire. A shire is a traditional term for a partition of land. In the United Kingdom, a shire often referred to ancient counties with names that ended in “shire.” These counties are usually, but not always, named after their county town. In Wales, the county Glamorgan is occasionally referred to with the “shire” suffix. Records for this area can be searched using both names.

The county was abolished in 1974.

Historic Glamorgan

Traditional Glamorgan

Glamorgan, or occasionally Glamorganshire, (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg or Morgannwg) was one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales. It was a maritime county bounded to the north by Breconshire, to the east by Monmouthshire, to the south by the Bristol Channel, and to the west by Carmarthenshire.

The county was created following the Act of Union of 1536, between Wales and England, and was formed from the ancient Lordship of Glamorgan, Gower and Kilvey.

The administrative county of Glamorgan was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county was governed by an elected county council, who took over the functions of the Quarter Sessions courts. However, the county boroughs of Cardiff, Swansea and later Merthyr Tydfil had their own civic administrations.

The 1971 census recorded the population of Glamorgan as 1,264,800.

Motto: A Ddioddefws A Orfu (English: He who suffered has conquered).

Chapman Code: GLA

1974-1996 Glamorgan


Under the Local Government Act 1972, the county and administrative county of Glamorgan was abolished on April 1, 1974, with three new counties being established, West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan and South Glamorgan.

Glamorgan Abolished and Subdivided

  • Following further local government reorganisation, the counties of West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan and South Glamorgan were abolished on April 1, 1996.
  • The county of West Glamorgan was divided into the newly created county boroughs of:
  • Swansea and
  • Neath Port Talbot.
  • The county of Mid Glamorgan was divided into the county boroughs of:
  • Bridgend,
  • Merthyr Tydfil,
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • and part of Caerphilly.
  • The county of South Glamorgan was divided into the county of:
  • the Vale of Glamorgan and
  • the county and city of Cardiff.


  • See a list of the parishes in Glamorgan with links to their pages.
  • Interactive map of Glenmorgan Parishes.


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