Local & Family
History Society


Cymdeithas Hanes
Lleol & Theuluoedd

Listed below are links that you may find helpful in your family history research in Breconshire or further afield.

WW1 Links: To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War of 1914-18, we have added a new page of links to useful WW1 websites.

Our lists are regularly amended and updated.

Disclaimer: The inclusion of a website on the list of links below does not imply an endorsement of the website by the BLFHS.


Region specific links

General and All Wales links

  • Archive Network Wales website (searchable catalogue of historical records)
  • BMD Certificate Ordering Service on the General Register Office (GRO) website
  • British Association for Local History website, which includes abstracts of articles published in the BALH journal, The Local Historian. Our society is a member of the BALH.
  • The British Newspaper Archive website - a valuable subscription only service, but with poor coverage of Breconshire
  • Capel website of the Chapels Heritage Society
  • Coflein: an index to archaeological sites, monuments, and buildings in Wales, and material held in the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) archive collections
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission: search the Debt of Honour Register
  • Cynefin: a project to digitise and make available Tithe maps of Wales
  • Family Search website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons)
  • Family Tree Creator a free to use facility on the website
  • NEW 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
  • FreeBMD website (searchable GRO BMD indexes)
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: an e-mail contact for BLFHS member Mrs Jennifer Lewis, based near Llandrindod Wells, who undertakes paid research from censuses, parish registers and other relevant sources.
  • GENUKI website
  • Historic Wales website: described as "a one-stop map portal to site-based data collected by various organisations".
  • History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy on the website: useful guidance, but with a strong US bias.
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index) on the Family Search website
  • Images of Wales website: John Ball's Webpage Archive and Welsh Churches & Chapels Collection.
  • NEW 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.
  • National Library of Scotland mapping website: provides free access to 19th century large scale Ordnance Survey maps of Wales and the rest of the UK.
  • National Library of Wales website
  • Old Maps website (19th century large scale Ordnance Survey maps)
  • People's Collection Wales website (images of a wide range of material from Welsh museums, archives and libraries)
  • Reflective Images website (supplier of black and white photographs of Welsh scenes from 1891 onwards)
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales website.
  • Ultimate Genealogy Guide on the Household Quotes website: useful guidance, despite its strong US bias.
  • Wales-New Zealand Family History Society (WANZ) website.
  • Welsh Family History Archive website
  • Welsh Journals Online on the National Library of Wales website
  • Welsh Newspapers Online on the National Library of Wales website