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Caerwent Historic Trust – Open Day – 18th April – Caerwent Church – 10 am to 3:30 pm

The Trust will be using some of its archive material to give an overview of the village of Caerwent and surrounding areas from 1799 to the present day. There will be access to numerous maps, censuses, parish records and other archive material to give you a picture of how Caerwent has changed over the last 215 years. Click here for more information

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Can you help?
Pontypool branch will be attending an Open Day at Trevethin Church on Saturday 2nd May. The theme will be the Llanerch Explosion which happened 125 years ago this year.  The Church has a memorial window to the men who died and many are buried in the churchyard.
The branch will be creating a display for the open day.  With 176 men and boys being killed there must be members whose families were affected. Do you have any photos or other information about any of the men killed? Anything we could use in our display would be welcome? Contact Nicola onsecretary@gwentfhs.info if you can help.

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Chartism in Gwent

26th February – Gwent Archives – Free but booking needed.
A day of talks marking the 175th anniversary in January 1840 of the trial at Monmouth
of the three Chartist leaders

Information in these links

New CDs for sale

Happy New Year !!!!

Please complete and send in a renewal form however you are paying for your membership.

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Registering On-Line

It would be very helpful to our membership secretary if you would register your details on-line.  You can register your membership and still by cheque or standing order.

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The December journal has been posted to everyone who requested paper copies.  Could you please note that the renewal form in the centre of the journal is slightly different from last year’s form and there is nowhere for you to specify how you want to receive your journals. When you return your membership form to the Membership Secretary could you please state on it (or enclose a note with it) whether you want an electronic journal or a paper copy, as there has been some confusion over this during the past year and some people had forgotten which they had asked for.



I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
– Rudyard Kipling
For pure Genealogists
Who, When and Where?’ suffice
But Family Historians
Add ‘Why, What, How?’ for spice
– Geoff Riggs, Gwent FHS webmaster 1997-2012


Gwent Family History Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and one of the founder members of the Association of Family History Societies of Wales:
Federation of Family History Societies


Our Society was formed in April 1981 so we celebrated our 30th Anniversary year in 2011. We became a Registered Charity (no. 702333) in England and Wales in January 1990.


Location of MonmouthshireGwent, which replaced the historic county of Monmouthshire in 1974, is situated in the south-east corner of Wales and is often referred to as the “Gateway to Wales”. Our pages giving a List of Parishes and a List of Other Placenames within the county should help you to locate any district in which you may be interested.

On 1st April 1996, it was replaced administratively by the new unitary authorities of Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen, and Caerphilly.
the unitary authorities
The new Monmouthshire, confusingly, covers only the eastern half of what was the old historic county, whilst Caerphilly also includes part of the former county of Mid-Glamorgan to the west. Gwent FHS continues to serve the area covered by the historic county of Monmouthshire, as it has always done, but, to cater for the revised structure, our branches broadly reflect the new unitary authorities, as detailed on our Branches page.


Our Society exists to encourage an interest in both family history and genealogy amongst the people of Gwent, and amongst those living elsewhere who may have ancestral connections with the historic county of Monmouthshire.

It also exists so that we can give advice and make the services we offer available to those seeking their ancestors, and also provide information about the availability of records within Gwent. Perhaps we can help you?


Members are welcome to attend meetings at any of our five branches. There they can enjoy speakers on varied subjects of interest, and they are encouraged to become knowledgeable in research techniques. And, whilst the Society itself does not have a lending library, each of our branches has a library of books and microfiche (and, in some cases, CD-ROMs), and of journals of other societies.

All members receive a copy of our quarterly Journal, which contains appropriate articles and information, and may be used to express opinions, to ask for assistance and to publicise members’ own lines of research.

Our members have transcribed and compiled a large number of parish register entries, monumental inscriptions, census index entries and other records which will be of use to researchers. these are available though our online store


Please go to our Membership page. There you can learn details of our membership fees, and how you can advise us of your Member’s Interests, so that we can publicise the persons you are researching, with details of their places and time-spans. You can also print out the necessary forms to make things easier for you.