The Mills Family of Mid Wales - Family History
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The Mills Family of Mid-Wales

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The Red Kite is a symbol of Mid-Wales.
Images Red Kite Feeding Station 2001, to which many thanks for kind permission. Please visit their site.

Links and Research Resources


Link Notes
Powys County Archives Details on website
National Library of Wales Details on website
Powys Family History Society Covers the old counties of Brecon, Montgomery and Radnor
Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society Researches the old county of Montgomery
Powys Digital History Project Articles on history of Powys communities, including section on Mills musicians & printers
Information on Radnorshire
L.L.A.N.I. Ltd. General information on Llanidloes and area
CARAD General information on Rhayader and area
Red Kite Centre Information on the conservation centre at Rhayader

Local and Family History Research Resources

For those as yet unfamiliar with the family history scene in Wales, some resources for Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire are provided below.

Public Reference Sources
Organisation Resources

Powys County Archives Office
County Hall, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 5LG

Tel: 01597 826088
Fax: 01597 826087

  • Parish registers
  • Census 1841-1901Tithe records
  • Public records (Court, Coroners, Inland Revenue etc.)
  • Official records (Councils, Constabulary, Schools, Poor Law, Highways, etc.)
  • Register of Electors
  • Non-conformist records
  • Deposited records (business, estate, societies) etc. Essential to book well ahead
  • Website displays digital history and useful starting points for family and house history.

Newtown Area Public Library
Park Lane, Newtown, Powys SY16 1EJ

Ask for Mrs. Margaret Stacey

Tel: 01686 626934
Fax: 01686 624935

  • Extensive local history collection:
  • Census returns 1841-1901 - advisable to book ahead
  • Register of electors
  • Trade directories (on fiche) 1822-1936
  • Some local newspapers from 1869
  • Some local history journals

National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU

Tel: 01970 632880
Fax: 01970 615709

  • Parish registers, Census records
  • Wills
  • Marriage records
  • Tithe records
  • Estate records
  • Maps
  • Photographs, etc.

Shropshire Records and Research Centre
Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY21 2AQ

Tel: 01743 255350
Fax: 01743 255355

  • Montgomeryshire Wills from 1857-1940
  • Some estate and other records as indexed.
Advisable to book in advance

Public Record Office
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Tel: 020 8392 5200 (shop = 020 8392 5271)

  • UK national records
Local and Family History Societies
Society Contacts

Powys Family History Society


Old counties of Montgomery, Radnor and Brecknock

Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society


Mainly confined to Montgomeryshire
There are also local and civic societies in various areas of the old county of Montgomery. For listings of these and local museums, see Hanes Maldwyn (bulletin of local and family history societies in Montgomeryshire), copies of which are held at Newtown Area Public Library).
Some reference and background publications
Publication Content
The Great Oak Bookshop, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6BW, is always ready to advise.
Tel: 01686 412959, Email:
"Welsh Family History - a Guide to Research", ed. by John Rowlands and Others, 2nd ed. 1998,
ISBN 1 86006 065 X
Handbook of 20 specialised articles dealing with aspects of family history which differ in Wales from those in other areas.
"Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry", ed. by John and Sheila Rowlands, 1999, ISBN 86006 006 8 Handbook of a further 22 specialised articles giving further guidance in researching Welsh family history.
"The Crisis of Community - Montgomeryshire 1680-1815", by Melvin Humphreys, 1996, ISBN 0 7083 1315 9 Deals with the great changes confronting Welsh society in the C18, examined through the experience of the people of Montgomeryshire, a county that can be regarded as Wales in microcosm.
"Wales after 1536 - a Guide", by Donald Gregory, First pub.1995, ISBN 0 86381 318 6 A brief, but comprehensive and clearly presented outline of major religious, political, educational, economic and other issues facing the Welsh people from the Act of Union with England through to the mid C19.
"The Historical Atlas of Montgomeryshire", ed. by David Jenkins, 1999, ISBN 0 950 3613 7 2 A series of articles covering some 40 aspects of Welsh development from prehistoric times to the 1990s, accompanied by illustrative maps showing relevant locations
"Radnorshire - a Historical Guide", by Donald Gregory, 1995, ISBN 0 86381 284 8 Radnorshire presented as Wales in microcosm - prehistoric to modern times.
"Life in a Welsh Countryside - a Social Study of Llanfihangel yng Ngwynfa", by Alwyn D Rees, latest ed., 1996, ISBN 0 7083 1271 3 A detailed analysis of family life in a rural North Montgomeryshire parish in the late 1930s
"A Radnorshire Farm Diary, 1879-1883", published by David and Sheila Leitch, 1999 The life of tenant farmers, set in an isolated part of north-west Radnorshire.
"Llanidloes Town and Parish - an Illustrated Account", by E Ronald Morris, 1993 - in course of reprinting (April 2003) A photographic survey dating from the 1850s, preceded by an introduction relating to the main historical events in this ancient town.
Both the family history societies mentioned above publish transcriptions of local records in the form of printed booklets, microfiche or on CD.