Family history


Newport Reference library has resources and experienced staff to help you get started on tracing your family tree. 

All public access PCs in Newport libraries offer these online family history search tools

Other family history resources held include:

  • Census returns for Monmouthshire, 1841-1911 (with street indexes)
  • Voters lists - Poll books from 1714 and Electoral Registers from 1830
  • Local directories - locally published trade, gentry and building information from mid-18th century to the 1970s
  • Maps and newspapers 
  • Gwent Family History Society resources, including monumental inscriptions and parish registers
  • Roll of Honour - detailing casualties and those who returned wounded from the First World War
  • a large selection of family history guides

Family History Helpdesk

Held on the second Wednesday of each month, 2pm - 4pm in the Reference library and hosted by Gwent Family History Society.  

Basic advice when starting family history research