Help with your Family History Research

Getting Started

The Library is the main repository for family history research in Wales holding a vast number of records useful to the family historian - census returns, probate records, nonconformist records and tithe maps, to name but a few, will help at some point during research. Before you visit some preparation work is needed -

Step 1

Talk to relations and friends of the family for information.

Step 2

Search for evidence within the family to corroborate this information - certificates, photographs, diaries, letters, newspaper cuttings etc.

Step 3

Create and organise the information as a family tree in a clear and concise way, either on paper or using computer software.

Step 4

Arrange a visit to the Library, check the website for opening times, sources available, reader's ticket information etc

Step 5

Why not book one of our Information Sessions. Our reading room staff can provide one to one sessions on a variety of subjects and these can be tailored to fit your requirements 

Step 6

If you require any further assistance contact our Enquiries service 

The National Library of Wales Renovation Programme

The North Reading Room will be temporarily closed as a Reading Room from 22 May 2019, and its services will move to The South Reading Room. Find out more on our Building Works page.