Cardiganshire Family History

  • Ceredigion Archives
    The record office for Cardiganshire that holds archival documents for research. Find out what records they have and how to access them.
  • Cardiganshire Baptisms
    Discover your Welsh ancestor’s baptism in the historic county of Cardiganshire. These records will give you details of their parents’ names and the place of baptism.
  • Cardiganshire Marriages and Banns
    Discover your Welsh ancestor’s marriage, or intention to marry, in the historic county of Cardiganshire. These records will give you details of your ancestor’s marriage date. These records may also include details of your ancestors’ parents’ names.
  • Cardiganshire Burials
    Discover your ancestors who were buried in Cardiganshire, Wales. The records may reveal your relative’s birth year, death year, and burial place. Details such as names of their husband or parents may help to fill in more branches of your family tree.
  • Ceredigion Cemetery Records
    Search and view burial records for 61 cemeteries.
  • 1939 Register
    Search almost 50,000 individuals from this census substitute, which is the latest available.
  • Cardiganshire Family History Society
    The aims of the Cardiganshire Family History Society are: to cater for the needs of those from Wales, the UK, and overseas, researching their Cardiganshire ancestors, to provide a local focus for those researching their ancestors in other areas and encourage and assist complete beginners.
  • Sheriffs of Cardiganshire
    A list of those who have served the office of High Sheriff for the county from 1539 to 1867. With genealogical and historical notes.
  • Place-Names of Cardiganshire
    Some details and history about the town and village names.

About Cardiganshire
Cardiganshire is one of the older counties of Wales. It belongs to that group of divisions of the lands of the Principality which was formed under the Statutes of Rhuddlan at the conquest by Edward I. As compared, therefore, with such shires as Monmouth, Brecon, Radnor, &c,, which, as counties, were the creations of Henry VIII, Cardiganshire has the advantage in age of about two centuries and a half.

Before the conquest by Edward I. this part of Wales was generally ruled by a regulus, or provincial lord, acknowledging the superiority of one or other of the Welsh princes or kings. Generally this superior ruler would be the King or Prince of Dyfed (Dimetia), which, in the tripartite division of Wales made by Rhodri Mawr, included the three south-western counties, and was presided over, after Rhodri’s decease, by his son Cadell, with his residence at Dinefawr.

Cardiganshire bears a name borrowed from old Cymric times. “Cardigan” is a compressed form of the ancient Welsh name Ceredigion, and the county was so called after Ceredig, or Caredig, a somewhat legendary king mentioned by Geoffrey of Monmouth. But be the king fabulous or real, his name, in some way or other, has become attached to this part of Wales, handed down to us by the olden national literature, half poetic, half historical, and at last has been crystallised and rendered permanent in the English designation.

Population Statistics
1841 – 68,766
1851 – 70,796
1861 – 72,245
1871 – 73,488
2017 – 72,922 (Ceredigion)