Branches

The Society is organised into five branches, each of which is run by its own Branch Management Committee. These are supervised by our Society Executive Committee at County level, on which each branch has a nominated representative. In addition, the Chairman of each Branch is eligible to be an ex-officio Vice-Chairman of the Society and serve on the Executive Committee if he or she so wishes.

Our branches are centres of expertise based originally on the nineteenth century Registration Districts and Sub-Districts of the historic county of Monmouthshire. However, the areas they now cover have been marginally adjusted to broadly reflect the current unitary authorities that replaced the subsequent county of Gwent in 1996:

County Map showing new unitary authority areas
MODERN UNITARY AUTHORITIESFROM 1996 ONWARDS
County Map showing area covered by branches
HISTORIC MONMOUTHSHIREAND OUR BRANCH AREAS

BLACKWOOD BRANCH

Blackwood branch broadly covers the Rock Bedwellty Sub-District within Bedwellty Registration District and the Mynyddislwyn Sub-District within Newport Registration District, but excluding the parish of Machen. (Before 1852, Bedwellty was a Sub-District within Abergavenny R.D.)It is broadly equivalent to the eastern part of the current Caerphilly Council area, the western half of which is within the historic county of Glamorgan.You can contact our Blackwood Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.bla@gwentfhs.info

CHEPSTOW AND WYE VALLEY BRANCH

Chepstow and Wye Valley branch broadly covers the Registration Districts of Chepstow and Monmouth (excluding the parishes within Gloucestershire and Herefordshire).It is broadly equivalent to the eastern part of the current Monmouthshire County Council area.You can contact our Chepstow and Wye Valley Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.che@gwentfhs.info

EBBW VALE AND NORTH GWENT BRANCH

Ebbw Vale and North Gwent branch broadly covers the Abergavenny R.D. and the Aberystruth and Tredegar Sub Districts of Bedwellty Registration District. (Before 1852, Bedwellty was a Sub-District within Abergavenny R.D.).It is broadly equivalent to the current Blaenau Gwent Council area and the north-western part of the current Monmouthshire County Council area.You can contact our Ebbw Vale and North Gwent Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.ebb@gwentfhs.info

NEWPORT BRANCH

Newport branch covers the Sub Districts of Newport, Caerleon, and St Woollos within the Registration District of Newport, and the parish of Machen within Mynyddislwyn Sub District. It also includes Rumney and St Mellons, which were part of Monmouthshire but came under the Cardiff Registration District.It is broadly equivalent to the current Newport City Council area.You can contact our Newport Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.new@gwentfhs.info

PONTYPOOL BRANCH

Pontypool branch covers the Registration District of Pontypool, with its Sub Districts of Pontypool, Usk and Llangibby.It is broadly equivalent to the current Torfaen Council area and the south-western part of the current Monmouthshire County Council area.You can contact our Pontypool Branch Secretary by emailing: secretary.pon@gwentfhs.info

All five Branches hold monthly Branch Meetings, at which there are usually guest speakers, who talk on varied subjects of interest about family history, local history, research resources, or related topics.

You are also encouraged to become knowledgeable in research techniques. Newport Branch holds an annual cycle of monthly tuition classes, whilst the Chepstow Branch arranges such evenings according to demand. Monthly help-desks are also held at local libraries by Chepstow and Newport Branches.

Both members and visitors alike are most welcome at any of the above. Additionally, Blackwood, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool Branches hold “workshop” evenings for members only, at which you can progress your own research using their extensive resource facilities.

To learn more about these branches, where and when they meet, their future programme of speakers etc, and the nineteenth century parishes they cover, please “click” on the name of the appropriate branch in the preceding section headings. You can then return to this page by “clicking” on the ‘Branches’ button on the page you visited.