Reference code(s): GB 0214 DBAPMARR
Title: Baptist Marriage Registers
Short title: Baptist Marriage Registers, Glamorgan
Dates of creation: 1911-1996
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 43 vols
Name of creator(s): Baptist churches in Glamorgan
Administrative and 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: 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.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements: Good condition
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.
Finding aids: A full version of the catallogue can be searched online at http://calmview.cardiff.gov.uk/calmview/
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.
Accruals: Accruals are not expected.
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 units of description: 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 description: December 2003