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Reference and Family History

Family Resources - Ancestry Library Edition

You can research your family history in any NPT Library using Ancestry Library Edition.

Whilst we are closed you can access Ancestry Library Edition from home. Log in with your card number and pin code, and then click on the ancestry link.

Explore your family history with Ancestry.

  • 820 million searchable UK family history records
  • England, Wales and Scotland Censuses from 1841 to 1901
  • England and Wales Births, Marriage and Death records from 1837 to 2005.

Ancestry Library Edition can only be accessed from a library PC.

Ancesty Library Edition

Family history and archives point

Reference and Local History Collections

Neath and Port Talbot library both have comprehensive reference collections that provide access to a vast assortment of books, newspapers and magazines.

In our local studies sections we have a large collection of local history books covering both towns and the surrounding districts and Wales in general.

We also have current and historic ordnance survey maps, local newspapers, over 2000 photographs, census records, electoral registers and council minutes.

There is also access to FREE online reference resources at Your Digital Library page.

If you are just starting to research your family history or you have found out as much as you can by yourself- why not call into Neath or Port Talbot library to see if you can discover more.

At Neath Reference Library you can book one-to-one introductory family history sessions with staff. This includes an introduction to all resources available at the library and an online tutorial for Ancestry (Library edition).

Port Talbot reference library


Port Talbot Library also supports family and local history research in numerous ways:

  • Monthly family history research sessions with West Glamorgan Archives (bookable)
  • Monthly local history meetings that are open to all
  • Access to The Port Talbot Guardian newspapers on microfiche
  • Access to microfilm, microfiche and free internet and Wifi


Port Talbot Library

Neath Library

Tracing your family history online for free at your local library

Don’t know where to begin? Then help is at hand using a library computer!

Informal drop-in sessions help you use the Ancestry Libraries website free of charge through your local library with Heritage Education Officer, Harriet Eaton.

For more information please ask at your library or contact Harriet Eaton, Heritage Education Officer at Neath Library (01639) 644604.

If you are interested in local history, why not also visit our Museums pages? If you are interested in getting involved, Neath Port Talbot has a number of voluntary History and Heritage groups which work enthusiastically to preserve, research and make available the rich heritage of the area.