Ty'r Ardd: Local and Family History Centre

Bridgend’s Local and Family History Centre is situated next to the Sunnyside Council Offices, just a stone throw away from Bridgend Recreation Centre or a five minute walk from the town centre. In the April of last year the Centre made the move from it’s previous location of the Coed Park Reference Headquarters to the newly built Ty’r Ardd facility. Coed Park Headquarters has since been sold to the Wales and West Housing Association.

What can you access at Ty’r Ardd?
  • The Registry Office: Registering Births, Deaths and Marriages. The building is home to various ceremony rooms including a 25 guest room and a 75 guest room. Ty’r Ardd also caters for civil partnerships, baby naming ceremonies and vow renewals. 
  • 13 computers with full internet access. Ty’r Ardd also has a find my past subscription which will allow you to trace your family tree through the Census, BMD, Armed Forces, Education and Travel records. (They will soon be switching to ancestry.co.uk
  • Burial and Baptism records donated by Glamorgan Historical Society.
  • The Purchase of Certificates.
  • The Tithe Registers and Tithe Maps.
  • Original Parish Registers - donated by Cardiff.
  • Various Periodicals.
  • Various Archaeological Records. 
  • Ty’r Ardd is the only place in Wales where you will find the complete GRO Index for Great Britain. 
  • A large collection of local photographs and press cuttings.
  • OS Maps
  • Ty’r Ardd holds a large selection of local history, research and reference books.

Ty’r Ardd has a large news paper archive including:

  • The Cambrian: 1804 - 1930
  • Glamorgan Free Press: May 1891 - December 1943
  • Glamorgan Advertiser: June 1919 - January 1962
  • Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian: 1845 - 1874
  • Merthyr Express: 1924 - 1953 
  • Glamorgan, Monmouth and Brecon Gazette: 1833 - 1844

The staff at Ty’r Ardd offer one to one family history sessions in which they will help you get started with your family tree or just help you along the way.

There will always be two members of staff available to help you with any queries.

Directions from Bridgend Town Centre

For more information about Bridgend Libraries

Images: Old Bridge, Bridgend

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