They hold resources for the old county of Caernarfonshire, but does not include the area of the county now administered by Conwy Borough Council.
Gwynedd Archive Service holds archives relating to Gwynedd history over the last 400 years. This includes parish records, Caernarfonshire parish records, quarter sessions, maps, images, licencing records, newspapers, vehicle registration records and other documents.
Whether you are interested in the history of Gwynedd, or want to trace your family history, there will be a document of use to you. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to offer assistance if required.
If you have any documents relating to the history of Gwynedd you may wish to donate, they would love to hear from you. Documents can be loaned to them or given as a gift.
It is possible to find more information regarding their collections by using their on-line catalogue. Some documents are written in Welsh. Records held by the Archive also include Inland Revenue Land Tax Assessment Records, but these are subject to a 30 year rule.
To avoid disappointment when you arrive, especially if you have travelled a long distance, it is prudent to book in advance of your visit because they can become very busy.
You can only view three documents, one volume or six photographs at a time. You may order more than these amounts, but the other documents will be kept until you are ready to use them.
It is possible to take photocopies of documents, but this is at the staff's discretion because some documents are fragile and can be easily damaged. You cannot take photocopies of newspapers. A form must be filled out when you haven taken photocopies.
The use of a camera or camera phone is not permitted.
If unable to visit in person, a Research Service is offered. For more information regarding this service, please peruse the appropriate section of their Home Page.
The Archive is a member of the CARN(County Archive Research Network)