Local & Family
History Society


Cymdeithas Hanes
Lleol & Theuluoedd


In this section of our website we have combined our previous News Page with our Noticeboard page to keep you up to date with news from the Breconshire Local & Family History Society, and other developments in local history and family history in general. In order to keep this news page a manageable length, we will periodically move the older news items into our News Archive.

We also have a Facebook page @

Powys War Memorials Project

As part of the Powys War Memorials Project a number of films were made featuring World War One stories and Town Walks from all over the Powys area including the following in Breconshire:

Brecon Town Walk

Talgarth Town Walk

Crickhowell & Llangattock Town Walk

Ystradgynlais Town Walk


Hay-on-Wye WW1 Stories

Builth Wells WW1 Stories

These films have been uploaded to YouTube channel for Grow in Powys where you can access all the films that have been made.

These links have also been included in the Website sections of the relevant Parish Pages.

21st January 2020

New Website Resources

We've added a couple of new links to useful websites on our Links page.

Federation of Family History Societies -  a website to showcase member organisations and act as a gateway for family historians to find the help and expertise they need to grow their tree.

Name and Place - a dynamic database and mapping application designed for Local History projects.  A digital and archival database, managing layers of census and parish registers, and historical documents together with the capture of visual documents such as maps and old postcards etc.

With thanks to the British Association for Local History for bringing these to our attention.

21st May 2019

D L Wooding’s Transcript of the Llanafan fawr Parish Records 1633-1694, at National Library of Wales.

David Lewis Wooding (1828 - 1891), genealogist, historian, bibliophile and shopkeeper, had access to these very early Parish Records for the Parish of Llanafan Fawr, Breconshire. He transcribed these and made notes in the margins to give further details on individuals mentioned there.

The late Peter Owen of Builth Wells, was able to access these transcriptions and allowed the National Library of Wales to make copies of them. The copies made by the NLW was not catalogued, but now thanks to the enquiries made by Peter Owen’s son, the location of these papers is known.

  • A microfilm copy of the transcripts is available in the South Reading Room, on the open access shelf mark: E7.
  • A hard copy is available on special request.

For information about D L Wooding, see the following website:

28th January 2019