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Monmouthshire's County Records
Parish Registers, Bishop's Transcripts and Monumental Inscriptions
Some of our church records date from the mid 17th century or earlier, but the majority start around 1725. Unfortunately some of the early 18th Century registers did not survive but, in many of these cases, the Bishop's Transcripts (deposited with The National Library of Wales) are available to cover some of the missing dates. The Gwent Archives, at Ebbw Vale, are the main repository for our county's parish registers, with a few still held at NLW, at Aberystwyth.
List of Parish Registers (pdf download)
We are indebted to Dave Woolven who has been the main transcriber of Monmouthshire records for more than twenty years, and also to the dedication of many volunteers who have helped to add more new transcriptions to our ever growing database.
Again, Gwent Archives hold a great number of these records and, although we already have some in our database, there are still many more waiting to be transcribed.
List of Nonconformist Registers (pdf download)
The Union Workhouse Birth and Death Registers
Some of these registers have already been transcribed for Chepstow, Monmouth and Newport Unions and there are other types of workhouse records useful for research. For example, Bedwellty Union has registers for orphans, and one for children who were boarded out in the area during the early 1900's.
18th Century Poll Books and later Electoral Registers
The 1771 Monmouthshire Poll Book has been transcribed for the website and there are early 19th Electoral registers at Gwent Archives to add to this section.
Wills for our county are either deposited at The National Library of Wales, at Aberystwyth (NLW Wills - Llandaff diocese) or the PCC Wills (Prerogative Court of Canterbury) at The National Archives at Kew. The Gwent Archives also hold a small collection of Monmouthshire Wills. We already have a large number of transcribed Wills which will soon be available on this website.
Manorial Documents including Court Books
These manorial court documents contain important research material which helps trace our family history in those centuries before the parish records.
Manorial Records for Caldicot, Caerwent, Shirenewton and Magor held at Gwent Archives
also Manorial Records for Cwmcarvan, Mamhilad, Monmouth, Trelleck and Llanishen, held at Gwent Archives
Crime & Punishment
Records from the County Gaols at Monmouth and Usk, including the Usk Prison receiving books with photographs of individual prisoners; together with indictments at the regional Petty Sessions.
Accounts of some of the many disasters in our county's industrial history; listing the names of the dead and those who survived, and in some cases, details of the family members left behind and the amount of money they were awarded from Disaster Funds.
From records available at the National Archives at Kew, and at the Gwent Archives - the names of some of our local men who served in the Militia and the Navy from the late 18th Century to the end of the First World War, with details (if available) for obtaining their service records.
Late 19th and 20th Century School Registers and Log Books.
List of school log books and admission registers (pdf download 5.3 MB file)
Household Accounts, Estate Sale catalogues and other miscellaneous documents of interest to the family historian
The National Library of Wales
The National Archives
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