Reference and Family History

Family Resources - Ancestry Library Edition

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

Ancesty Library Edition

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.

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 via our e-resources 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

At Port Talbot Reference Library there is a 'Family and Local History Access Point'. This access point is provided by West Glamorgan Archives Service and an archivist is available to help you with all your family history queries.

The archivist is available on one Monday a month for the following:

  • Once a month: one-to one bookable sessions with the archivist.

Also available with our Heritage Education Officer:

  • Once a month: informal research sessions 10-12, 1-3, 3-5 (4 places at each session).

Please ring Port Talbot Library for available dates and to book your sessions.

You will have access to microfilm, microfiche, CD resources and free Internet access. The history centre holds a variety of sources that will help you to research the history of the local area or of your family.

So whether you’re researching your family history or you just need a question answered, we can help.


Port Talbot library
01639 763 490

Claire at Neath library
Phone 01639 640 138




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.