The Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society was founded in 1994 to provide a forum for people with family history interests in the historical county of Montgomeryshire and its borders. By 2023 it has published its 433rd booklet.
To find out more about our activities, simply have a browse round these pages.
Everybody is welcome to read the outward facing pages on this site.
Other material that members can access from home is gradually being added to the site.
NOTE - Any publications that are out of stock please contact Heather Lawton as we may be able to send the original pdf file of the transcriptions to you at a cost of £3.00 (note there will be no map of the cemetery)
Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, as with many others, has moved to a mixture of outings and Zoom talks since the pandemic struck. Our latest outing was in September 2022, when we had a guided tour of the old county town of Montgomery.
We were taken up to the remains of the Castle and from there to the Church and churchyard where we saw the Robbers grave and walked the town walls back to the town where a nice lunch was enjoyed by all. This was followed in the afternoon by the AGM.
An important part of the Society's work is publishing full transcripts of the memorial inscriptions at every historical parish church and chapel in Montgomeryshire.
In 2014 the Society’s work programme dealing with chapels and churches’ burial grounds was completed. In 2014 we published the memorial inscriptions for the parish church and chapels of Llanwddyn, thus completing the part of the Society’s work programme dealing with chapels and churches' burial grounds. The task of gathering and transcribing was carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers over a period of many years. They meticulously transcribed gravestones, a large percentage of which are badly eroded or invisible to the naked eye having disappeared under ground as nature takes over.
The final stages for the MI programme in Montgomeryshire involved the modern cemeteries at Newtown, Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Welshpool and these are now complete. The last stage of MI publications is cemeteries on the border between Shropshire and Montgomeryshire which have many graves of people who lived and worked in Montgomeryshire. Ford, Cardeston, Yockleton and Worthen have all been published, while Westbury will be available soon and Marton should be published next spring.
Our library resources are held in the Newtown Library building, which has a dedicated Trysorau Maldwyn/Maldwyn Treasures local history research room. This is an extensive and accessible room for genealogists which features the Society’s publications. Our collection of pedigrees and other information can be seen by members on request.
The next event will be the AGM on Nov 4th at 11am at Newtown Library or online via Zoom, followed by a talk by Bill Greenwell on “David Evans - the Montgomeryshire born renegade vicar of South Shields”