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Glamorgan Archives
Baptist Marriage Registers, Glamorgan

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DBAPMARR

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Baptist Marriage Registers

Short Title: Baptist Marriage Registers, Glamorgan

Creation date(s): 1911-1996

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 43 vols

Name of creator(s): Baptist churches in Glamorgan


Administrative/Biographical history: Since 1837, Baptist marriages have been legalised. A Baptist chapel could be used for marriage, if it was licensed for the purpose, and a Civil Registrar was present to complete the legal formalities, together with the minister who performed the marriage ceremony. In 1898, an authorised person, who need not be a minister, was allowed to act in the place of a registar. The registers were held by the individual churches.


Scope and content/abstract: Glamorgan Baptist marriage registers, 1911-1996, consisting of: Bethel Church, Park Road, Cwmparc, Rhondda, 1983-1988; Tabernacle, Hannah Street, Porth, Rhondda, 1972-1988; Bethel English Baptist Church, Ferndale, 1923-1988; Salem English Baptist Church, Gilfach Road, Tonyrefail, 1985-1992; Salem Newydd Baptist Church, Duffryn Street, Ferndale, 1988-1992; Tabor Baptist Church, Llantrisant, 1974-1996; Zion English Baptist Church, Maesteg, 1911-1935; Zion Baptist Church, Roath, Cardiff, 1913-1967; Bethel English Baptist Church, Bedwas, 1921-1966; Holton Road English Baptist Church, Barry, 1918-1981; Bethany Baptist Church, Treherbert, Rhondda, 1934-1938; Victoria Baptist Chapel, Canton, Cardiff, 1948-1967, 1971; Bethany Baptist Church, St Mary Street, Cardiff, 1956-1962, 1963; Moriah Baptist Church, Abercynon, 1961-1986; Zion English Baptist Church, Merthyr Vale, Merthyr Tydfil, 1965-1967; Bethesda English Baptist Church, Penrhiwceibr, Rhondda, 1966-1969; Emmanuel Baptist Chapel, Rhymney, 1982-1984; Horeb Baptist Chapel, 1982-1987; and Bethlehem Baptist Chapel, Chapel Street, Rhydfelen, 1982-1995.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Marriage registers have been arranged in chronological order.

Conditions governing access: All registers are closed for a period of 30 years from the last date in the registers. Information may be supplied for a period over 30 years in closed registers subject to supervision.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Physical characteristics: Good condition

Finding aids: A full version of the catallogue can be searched online at


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: DBAPMARR/1-6 deposited by private sources at various intervals; DBAPMARR/7 deposited by the General Register Office, 1996; DBAPMARR/8-19 deposited by the British Records Association (BRA no. 2447).


Related material: Related units of description held at the Glamorgan Archives: DBAP37 Bethany Baptist Chapel, Treherbert, Rhondda; DBAP15, Bethany Baptist Church, St Mary Street, Cardiff. The General Register Office is the best source of marriage information, as many marriage registers are not deposited in the Record Office.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Archives, Catalogue of records for the Glamorgan Baptist Marriage Registers; Breed, Geoffrey R., My Ancestors Were Baptists, (London, 1995).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2003

Baptists | Wales | Glamorgan
Marriage licences | Wales | Glamorgan
Registers of births, etc. | Wales | Glamorgan

Personal names

Corporate names
Bethany Baptist Church (Cardiff, Wales)
Bethany Baptist Church (Treherbert, Wales)
Bethel Church (Cwmparc, Wales)
Bethel English Baptist Church (Bedwas, Wales)
Bethel English Baptist Church (Ferndale, Wales)
Bethesda English Baptist Church (Penrhiwceibr, Wales)
Bethlehem Baptist Chapel (Rhydyfelin, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff, Wales)
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Rhymney, Caerphilly, Wales)
Holton Road English Baptist Church (Barry, Wales)
Horeb English Baptist Church (Treorchy, Wales)
Moriah Baptist Church (Abercynon, Wales)
Salem English Baptist Church (Tonyrefail, Wales)
Tabernacle Baptist Church (Porth, Wales)
Tabor Baptist Church (Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales)
Victoria Baptist Chapel (Canton, Cardiff, Wales)
Zion Baptist Church (Roath, Cardiff, Wales)
Zion English Baptist Church (Maesteg, Wales)
Zion English Baptist Church (Merthyr Vale, Wales)

Abercynon (Wales)
Barry (Wales)
Bedwas (Wales)
Cardiff (Wales)
Ferndale (Wales)
Llantrisant (Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales)
Maesteg (Wales)
Merthyr Tydfil (Wales)
Rhondda (Wales)
Rhymney (Wales)
Tonyrefail (Wales)

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