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Cardiganshire Motor Vehicles

I’ve put this on my ‘wish list’ for my research trip to Wales next year.  I have many photographs of my Aberystwyth families standing beside, sitting astride, or driving various vehicles.


Although I’m guaranteed not to find “this” particular car, it would be really cool to find other family vehicles listed in the records.  It seems that the records contain name of the vehicle owner and address information, along with details of the vehicles registered.  Of course any records under 30 years old are not available to the public.

I know I’ve said this before, but the Ceredigion Archives is a ‘must visit’ for anyone researching Cardiganshire.  The link I’ve provided, takes you to the catalogue of records held at the archives.  From local government records, to private collections, shipping and harbour records, this resource is invaluable.

How I’m going to divide my time between Ceredigion Archives , the National Library of Wales , and visiting cemeteries remains to be seen!!

Archifdy Ceredigion/Ceredigion Archives

Those of us with ancestors from Cardiganshire are very lucky to have the Ceredigion Archives as a resource. On two occasions I’ve contacted them with a query and both times the researchers have answered my questions and more, and are very helpful indeed.

The url for the website is I do find the website a little cumbersome to work with, but when I searched for the ships I was interested in I did find them fairly easily.

Of particular help to me on my second query were the shipping records available for Aberystwyth. These records opened up a whole new family branch of Clayton mariners. It also put me in touch with a distant cousin, which was a lovely bonus. The archives has a wealth of information, so do contact them if you have queries in the area.

Happy hunting!

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