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Resources for the local historian

Free at your local Ceredigion Public Library : 'Ancestry' online 

New - A list of the Local History Books we hold - in subject and place order. Includes cover, Contents page and Index. See under 'Local History Books' 

*You can now see our press cuttings online - see 'Press Cuttings Online' section (we've only just started, so bear with us, it will take some time!) For an example, see Towns A - Aberaeron*

* Got any photographs of Ceredigion you would like to add to our online gallery? Please contact *


Books: Published books on the county's history: arranged by parish and then in subject order.

Local authors: authors born in Ceredigion or those who have lived in the county for c. 30 years.

Printed Bibliography of Cardiganshire 1600-1964, by G. L. Jones, with a supplement to 1968; the work is divided into parishes with a subject index; Also two volumes of works by local authors.

Newspaper Cuttings: from 1957-60; 1974 onwards - mainly events of potential historical importance; Papurau Bro

Cuttings of obituaries from the Cambrian News 1995-97  


Trade Directories:Pigot for South Wales 1835; Kelly for South Wales 1895, 1920

Indexes to 35 local history books in Welsh and English ranging from Aberystwyth and its Court Leet, G E Evans (1902) to Dyn a'i Wreiddiau: Hanes Plwyf Llangwyryfon, Richard Phillips (1975).

Census returns: transcripts and indexes by E. Alwyn Benjamin; Aberystwyth and North Ceredigion 1841-1891. We also hold the Cardiganshire Census on CD (1841-1871, 1891)

Marriages: Llanbadarn Fawr 1804-82; St. Michael, Aberystwyth 1861-75

Baptisms:Llanbadarn Fawr 1830-79; Tabernacle, Aberystwyth; Ponterwyd CM; Trisant CM

Burials: Llanbadarn Fawr 1830-79; St Michael, Aberystwyth 1813-79

Index to monumental inscriptions: St Michael, Aberystwyth


Illustrations: Made up mainly of 10, 000 slides. Arranged again by place and subject. Includes transport, rural life, school groups, chapel celebrations and much more. Also prints, postcards and engravings. Some digitized ready to place on web page.

Ephemera: A collection of programmes and tickets from all sorts of events e.g. concerts in the Pier Pavilion during the 1890s and 1900s; New Quay Horticultural Society 1907, etc.

Ceredigion Journal: the earlier series 1909-39 and the second series from 1950 onwards. Index to the first 10 volumes.

Individual Items: e.g. Growth and decline of the Cardiganshire shipbuilding 1740-1914, G. Ivor Thomas MPhil thesis Lampeter 1994

Tithe Apportionment for the parish of Caron; transcribed and indexed by Shirley Martin 1996.

Monumental Inscriptions: the work of Auronwy and Evan James: Transcripts and Indexes to: Volumes on Llangrannog and Penbryn; Aber-porth; Llandygwydd; Rhydlewis; Llandyfriog; Llandysul S and N; Llandyssiliogogo; Llanarth and Llanina; Llanbadarn Fawr N; Llanwenog and Llanwnen; Aberaeron; Ystrad Aeron; Gartheli; Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Cellan and Llanfair Clydogau; Llanddewibrefi and Llangeitho.

Recordings of Oral History relating to Ceredigion can be found at the National Library of Wales -

See Also Ceredigion Cemeteries Site - - you can search a database of Ceredigion Municipal Cemeteries.  

Enquiries are welcomed from everyone of all ages. Contact - Aberystwyth Public Library, Town Hall, Queen's Square, Aberystwyth SY23 2EB [cymraeg