Each record comprises a transcript and black and white image of the original register. The amount of information listed varies, but the records usually include a combination of the following information about your ancestor:
Father’s first name
Mother’s first name
Images from later records and certain parishes may provide additional information about your relative. Further details may include:
Baptism records state the date and place an individual was baptised into a church, and are an essential part of researching your family history. In most records, the parents of the individual being baptised are included, and these are often the key to finding out the names of the previous generation.
Glamorganshire (also called Glamorgan) is one of 13 historic counties in Wales and a former administrative county of Wales. Glamorganshire is represented by the three preserved counties of Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan, and West Glamorgan. It borders Breconshire, Monmouthshire, and Carmarthenshire. The administrative county of Glamorganshire was created under the Local Government Act 1888, excluding Swansea and Cardiff which were made independent county boroughs. Two years after the Local Government Act 1972, however, the county boroughs and administrative county were abolished, and three new counties were formed: West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, and South Glamorgan. In 1996, these areas were reformed into several unitary authorities. Since 1972, Glamorganshire has boasted two cities: Swansea, and Cardiff, the county town and capital city of Wales since 1955.
In these records
Records of illegitimate individuals being baptised are found in these records, records of illegitimate children can also be referred to as “spurious” – an archaic term for a child born outside of marriage.
Also found in these records are the baptisms of foundlings, abandoned children whose parents were unknown.