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MONTGOMERYSHIRE

"The County of MONTGOMERY is 94 Miles in Circumference, contains about 500000 Acres, is divided into 7 Hundreds, in which are 6 Market Towns, and only Montgomery sends a Member to Parliament, which is the County Town, 47 Parishes and about 5660 Houses. The air is sharp and cold by reason of its high scituation, the Valleys are very fertile, breeding very good Horses and plenty of Goats. The soil is stony, mountainous and rocky, intermixed with pleasant Bottoms. Its cheif Commodities are Flesh, Fish, Fowl and all manner of Grain for the use of Man &c." [Emanuel Bowen, Britannia Depicta, 1720]

 

INFORMATION RELATED TO ALL OF MONTGOMERYSHIRE

Montgomeryshire

Click here for 1833 Map

 

 

 

 

 

Archives and Libraries

Powys Archives
Provide a series of  Local Studies Notes with Sources for Family History and a  Guide to Holdings

The National Library of Wales. Aberystwyth. The major repository of information relevant to Welsh genealogy, such as Bishop's Transcripts of Parish Registers, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, Nonconformist Records, Probate Records, Tithe Maps and Apportionment Schedules, Legal and Administrative Records, Estate Records and Personal Papers, Pedigree Books, Newspapers, etc.

Newtown Area Library
Park Lane
Newtown
Powys
SY16 1EJ
Telephone: +44 (0) 1686 626934
The library hold copies of Montgomeryshire Census Returns 1841 to 1901.

Hereford Archive Services

Shropshire Archives (details of )

Powys Museum Service

The National Archives has details of many archive repositories in the UK with links to their web sites, if any.

Bibliography

A Montgomeryshire Bibliography - Books of General Interest for Family Historians

Local Books List  at Powys Archives

Cemeteries

MIs held at Powys Archives - Montgomeryshire

Montgomeryshire Records for sale by Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society

Graveyard Welsh - a guide to interpreting Memorial Inscriptions.

Census

Montgomeryshire Records for sale by Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society

Newtown Area Library have copies of 1841 - 1901 census returns for all of Montgomeryshire, as have Powys Archives

The UK BMD web site offers links to over 400 web sites that provide on-line information for UK births, marriages and deaths and censuses.

Church History

Welsh Chapels & Churches  

You may also find it worthwhile searching in the GENUKI church database.

Montgomeryshire Churches Survey  on the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust site

Pictures of parish churches on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

Pictures of various nonconformist chapels on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

Montgomeryshire Church plans online

Church Records

Detailed information on deposited registers and transcripts is given on the Powys Archives page Montgomeryshire Parish Registers

See here for a breakdown of Montgomeryshire hundreds into parishes

Montgomeryshire Records for sale by Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society

Map of Montgomeryshire parishes on Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society's site - shows dioceses

Information about parishes on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

National Library of Wales Manuscripts and Records. An online searchable index of Marriage Bonds and Allegations.It contains details of some 90,000 marriages by licence which took place in Wales between 1616 and 1837.

Listings of (present-day)  Clerics, Benefices, and parishes  of the Dioceses of St Asaph, Bangor and St David's
Also the Diocese of Hereford and Diocese of Lichfield

Family Search UK/Ireland - Historical Record Collections 
IGI Batch Numbers - Hugh Wallis's site  and Archer Software's site  

Civil Registration

Brett Langston has provided details of the Registration Districts in Montgomeryshire for the period 1837 to 1930.

The UK BMD web site offers links to over 400 web sites that provide on-line information for UK births, marriages and deaths and censuses.

Court Records

The Act of 1543 established the courts of Great Sessions in Wales, equivalent to the English Assizes, which continued until 1830 when they were abolished. Records for the Great Sessions are held at the National Library of Wales.

Powys Archives hold records pertaining to Radnorshire Quarter Sessions which were established by the same Act although records do not begin until the late seventeenth century. See also their Petty Sessions listing

Description and Travel

Views of Old Montgomeryshire  on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

A Vision of Britain Through Time. "This site contains information about your home area from the 2001 census -- and from every earlier British census back to 1801. It can present this information both as maps of the whole country and as graphs showing change over time in your area. It truly offers a Vision of Britain through time"

Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516. The Gazetteer compiled by Dr Samantha Letters is a catalogue of markets and fairs in medieval England and Wales. This is the first comprehensive national survey.

The Mid Wales Index site

Powys tourism site

Mid-Wales Online

Photographs of Mid-Wales  on Simon Evans Photography

Powys County Council

A Castle Wales site - Montgomeryshire Mottes

Montgomeryshire - on wikipedia

Directories

Here is a listing of trade directories held at Powys Archives

Gazetteers

Search the GENUKI Gazetteer.

The section of The National Gazetteer (1868) relating to Montgomeryshire - transcribed by Colin Hinson.

Tallis's Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales, published in 1860 in six vols, editor E. L. Blanchard.  
See Welsh Family History Archive for all the excellent county maps (showing the hundreds) and the alphabetical gazetteer 
From the preface;
"In the following pages will be found fully described the past history and present aspect of every place of any significance in England and Wales, forming a work of permanent importance to the commercial world, of ready service to the tourist of the day, and of constant interest to the general reader, who may derive from this source a large supply of entertainment, as well as of information for the amusement and instruction of a leisure hour."

Genealogy

Online Welsh Names Directory by Graham Jaunay

John Ball's Welsh Family History Archive provides some very useful material and links for those with Welsh ancestry.

See the All Wales Lookup Exchange gateway page to see whether there is a current Lookup Exchange for this county

Timeline of genealogically interesting dates by Gareth Hicks

Here are details of the Genealogy Mailing Lists serving the Welsh counties

History

Powys Digital History Project

Castle Wales site - the Kingdom of Powys

Land and Property

The 1671 Hearth Tax of Montgomeryshire - on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

Language and languages

The Welsh language on the on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

Maps

Map of Montgomeryshire in 1833  - Copied from the original in "A Topographical Dictionary of Wales" by Samuel Lewis 1833

Montgomeryshire Old Maps

Map of Montgomeryshire parishes on Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society's site - shows dioceses

Welsh county maps by Samuel Lewis and published in 1833

Details of various maps available at Powys Archives

Military History

People's Collection Wales site - Montgomeryshire Militia

Newspapers

Local newspapers in Powys - listing at Powys Archives

Occupations

Victorian Professional Photographers in Wales 1850-1925 - a county based database compiled by Mari Alderman, includes sources and a bibliography

Montgomeryshire's Metalliferous Mining Industry in 1896 - on the Peak District Mines Historical Society site

Periodicals

Montgomeryshire Collections is the journal of the The Powysland Club . Collections Historical & Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire, latterly Montgomeryshire collections, is an annual English-language journal containing scholarly articles on archaeological and historical topics, book reviews, and society notes. For digitisation, the publication has been split into three sequences: Vol 1. (1868)-Vol. 31 (1900) (entitled Collections Historical & Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire); Vol. 32 (1902)-Vol. 47 (1942) (entitled Collections historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire and its borders); and Vol. 48 (1944)-present (entitled Montgomeryshire collections : relating to Montgomeryshire and its borders). On Welsh Journals Online

Record is the journal of the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society

On Welsh Journals Online. Collections Historical & Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire, latterly Montgomeryshire collections, is an annual English-language journal containing scholarly articles on archaeological and historical topics, book reviews, and society notes.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

The Workhouse  - on Peter Higginbotham's site

Public Records

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

Schools

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

The Blue Books of 1847.  An inquiry into the state of education in Wales - on the NLW's Digital Mirror site

Day Schools in Montgomeryshire in 1847. This database consists of day schools which existed in 1847 included here within an alphabetical list of parishes 
It contains the names and types of day schools listed in the Reports of the Commissioners of Inquiry into the State of Education in Wales published in 1847

Social Life and Customs

A Day in the Life site - Welcome to Powys in 1891

Crime and punishment in nineteenth century Montgomeryshire - Powys Digital History Project

Societies

Taxation

The 1671 Hearth Tax of Montgomeryshire on the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society site

 

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