About Us

The Society is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies and the Association of Family History Societies of Wales.

Its main aim is to help members trace their Montgomeryshire family histories. It also helps members with family connections in Shropshire, Cardiganshire, Denbighshire, Merionethshire and Radnorshire.

We help by:

offering advice to members researching their family history;
circulating details of help wanted by members in our journal the Record;
providing access to the Society's library;
keeping members' interests indexes (click here for a list of names members have been, or are currently researching);
publishing local records of family history interest;
transcribing and recording new material for members' benefit such as:
memorial inscriptions from parish churchyards and chapels;
parish and chapel registers - baptisms, marriages and burials;
and census returns.

Please note that in addition to having published virtually all Montgomeryshire memorial inscriptions and parish registers, the society has for some time had a manorial documents project underway, the resulting information from which is available from no other source. This now extends to well over 100,000 records.

In addition, members have:
free issue of our journal the Record which appears three times a year (besides members' interests, this contains articles, transcripts and a host of other information of benefit to people with interests in Montgomeryshire and its borders);
a series of talks on topics relating to Montgomeryshire genealogy (these are normally held in Newtown on the first Saturday of the month from September to November and from February to April);
occasional meetings in other towns and villages in the county and regular outings to transcribe memorial inscriptions in the summer months;
an annual Christmas lunch.

For the 2017 membership year, the subscription rates are:
£10 per year individual membership;
£11 per year family membership (two members at the same address in the UK);
£18 per year European membership (outside the United Kingdom but inside the European Union or EFTA);
£20 per year overseas membership (outside the United Kingdom, European Union and EFTA).

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Society, you can download an application form and post it to the membership officer, together with your subscription.  Please click on the "Applications and Renewals" page link.

European and Overseas membership subscriptions may be paid via our pages on the Genfair website, where you can join and renew online.  Please see the "Links" page for a link to Genfair.  Society publications may also be ordered and paid for online via Genfair.


The Society maintains a library and research room in Newtown. Our first premises in the Severnside Centre opened on Friday 16 March 2001 and our current premises at 2 Shortbridge Street, Newtown, SY16 2LW opened on 27 October 2008.  The library room is situated above Owen Travelmaster.  Entry is obtained via the court on the east side of the shop.  Look out for the large round arched doorway into the court with the MGS brass plate on it.

The library room is open to members without charge.  It is open to the public as well but there is a mandatory charge for non members of £5 per day or part thereof.  With effect from 6 September 2014, members and non-members wishing to visit the room will need to make individual arrangements to do so.  Anybody wishing to use the room should contact our President Graham Lloyd (see Officers of the Society page) at least two weeks before the intended date of the visit.

For pictorial directions, you can try clicking on one of the links below to find a map of central Newtown showing the MGS library room at its centre!


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