"A parish in the Union of Conway, Uchdulas division of the hundred of Isdulas, county of Denbigh; 6 miles (W by S) from Abergele, containing 604 inhabitants. It is situated in the midst of a very mountainous district, and agriculture affords the principal employment." [A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833 & 1849, Samuel Lewis]
The ancient parish had four townships - Bodlennyn (otherwise known as Tre'r Llan), Llaethfaen, Teyrdan, and Twynnan (otherwise known as Dolwen).
The following Parish Registers have been deposited at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.
They may be viewed on microfilm at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
These microfilms are not available elsewhere.
1589 - 1987
1589 - 1981
1589 - 1992
Clwyd FHS has published full transcriptions of the registers (complete with indexes) for the following years :
1589 - 1812
1591 - 1812
1589 - 1812
Bishop's Transcripts for the years shown below have been deposited in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Around the year 1951, most of the Bishop's Transcripts which had been deposited at that time were microfilmed by the LDS; and the films are available on request at Family History Centres of the LDS.
The films may also be viewed at the Denbighshire and Flintshire Record Offices, and at the National Library of Wales.
In general, the Bishop's Transcripts are less complete than the parish registers.
Deposited at the National Library of Wales
1666 - 1840
1672 - 1840
There are no official I.G.I. entries for St. Elian's, Llanelian.
When Civil Registration was introduced (on 1 July 1837), the parish of Llanelian yn Rhos was assigned to the No. 2 ("Creuddyn") sub-district of the Conwy Registration District; which was co-extensive with the Conwy poor law Union.
In the GRO indexes to civil registration, entries for Llanelian yn Rhos are in the format :
Years 1837 - 1851: Conway XXVII.nnn
Years 1851 - 1930: Conway 11b.nnn
(GRO index references have no relevance at the local Superintendent Registrar's Office)