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Carmarthenshire - Sources for Archival Records


A comprehensive family history service is available at Carmarthen and Llanelli Library. With digital archiving and technology, information is now easier to access.
Llanelli Library: Tel: 01554 773538
Carmarthen Library: Tel: 01267 224824
Ammanford Library: Tel: 01269 598360

Opening hours and other details may be found at the Carmarthenshire Archive Service Website - Click here

Free parking. Easy disabled access. Portable Induction loop available.
Copies can be ordered of most documents, available as printed or digital copies. A research service is available. For current charges please contact the office.

The office holds a great variety of records which includes the following:
Carmarthenshire Quarter Sessions 1748-1971
Census for Carmarthenshire 1841-1911
GRO Index 1837-1992
Parish registers 16th - 20th century
Non-conformist records 18th – 20th centuries
Poll books and electoral registers 1722 - 2003
Poor Law records 19th - 20th centuries
Education records 19th - 20th centuries
Land valuation records 1910
Family and estate records 14th - 20th centuries
Shipping records including crew agreements 19th -20th centuries
Various maps and plans 17th - 20th centuries
The Carmarthen Journal 1810-1935 (microfilm only)
The Welshman 1846-1950 (microfilm only)
The Cambrian 1804-1846 (microfilm only)

Free access to Ancestry and Findmypast, eight computers available.


St. Peters Street, (opposite St. Peter’s Church) Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire.
Telephone: 01267 224822

Opening hours:
Monday9:00 - 19:00
Tuesday9:00 - 18:00
Wednesday9:00 - 18:00
Thursday9:00 - 19:00
Friday9:00 - 18:00
Saturday9:00 - 17:00

Large municipal car park 50 yards away. We also have a lift to the Reference Library so wheelchair access is no longer a problem.

Newspapers on microfilm.
Carmarthen Journal from 1810
Card index to entries for Births, Marriages and Deaths to about 1855 and some subject entries indexed e.g Transport and Communications.
Carmarthen Times / Citizen from 1962.
Celtic News / Cymric Times 1923 - 1935.
The Cambrian 1804 - 1812, The Welshman 1832 - 1945 and the Amman Valley Chronicle from 1913.

Some histories of individual families and translations from the original Welsh of the histories of nonconformist chapels of the County, written by their ministers.
Free access to Ancestry and Find My Past.


The Old Palace, Abergwili, CARMARTHEN, SA31 2JG
Telephone: 01267 228696

Carmarthenshire County Museum is housed in a building that is a museum in its own right. The collections are set off by their almost unique setting - an old house which has been in continuous use since about 1290, surrounded by lawns, gardens and trees and bordered by a lake which was formerly part of the River Tywi. It was founded as a college and became the Bishop's Palace for the diocese of St David's before taking on a new lease of life as the County Museum about twenty years ago.

Full details may be found at the museum website


Vaughan Street, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3AS
New Phone Number: 01554 744327
The fax service is no longer available.

Opening times:
Day Lending & reference IT & Music
Monday 9:00 - 19:00 9:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 18:00 9:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 18:00 9:00 - 18:00
Thursday 9:00 - 19:00 9:00 - 18:00
Friday 9:00 - 18:00 9:00 - 18:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00 9:00 - 17:00
Llanelli Library now has disabled access and public toilets. Public car park opposite.

The library has collections on local matters with special emphasis on the coal industry and tinplate making.

Main collections
The Neville Industrial records (on Microfilm) is an excellent source of information on the Copper industry.
1841 - 1891 census for the Llanelli area (can be photocopied)
Llanelli newspapers 1863 onwards - Indexed 1863 - 1988
Llanelli and County Guardian 1863 - 1926 - Indexed with details of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Free access to Ancestry and Find My Past.

Short queries may be made by post.


Crescent Road, (Top end of Car Park) Llandeilo Fawr, Carmarthenshire.
Telephone: 01558 823659

Opening times:
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 18:00
Wednesday Closed 13:30 - 17:30
Thursday Closed Closed
Friday 10:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00 Closed
There is wheelchair access with a ramp and double doors.

The library holds books in print of local interest and box files with items of recent and historical interest. Free access to Ancestry and Find My Past.


Carmarthen and the county (except Llanelli), Jeremy's Buildings, St. Peters Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire. (Next to the Library.)
1837 to the present - Births and Marriages are held now on computer. Deaths only are in the Index books

Llanelli, 2 Coleshill Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.


Family History Centre, Newcastle Emlyn. Cardigan Road, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire.
Family History Director, D. Keith Holman,
Telephone: 01267 281436

This Search Centre was opened recently and is part of the new church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Opening hours: Tuesday and Friday 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm.
It is necessary to book in advance to use one of the microfiche readers.

The research material available at present includes:
The 1992 I.G.I.
The 1881 census for England and Wales, with the exception of Surrey, Middlesex and Kent.
Most of Boyd's Marriage Index 1538 - 1837.

There are plans to increase these resources when funds allow it.


Carmarthen (Lammas Street). Telephone 01267 231557

Llanelli (Now at the Llanelli Tourist Information Centre, Millennium Coastal Park Visitor Centre, North Dock). Telephone 01554 77 77 44

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