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Seminar presented at the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Festival, 5 October 2013. Beginner level information about discovering Welsh family history and heritage.

Seminar presented at the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Festival, 5 October 2013. Beginner level information about discovering Welsh family history and heritage.

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  • http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt344/sushant4life/GraveDigger.jpg
  • Records are associated with certain jurisdictions. Parish registers, poor law and census records at the parish level, court records at the county level and probate records at the archdeaconry or diocese.
  • https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/74/Glamorgan_Parish_map.jpg
  • Poor law union map
  • Ordnance Survey 25 inch to one mile map.Image taken at Neath Antiquarian Society Archive 9 September 2011.
  • See https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Wales_History for other items.
  • 1861 census of Cilybebyll, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Gellionnen Chapel Records, FHL# 813540 item 6, TNA# RG4/3884
  • Membership List, Gellionnen Chapel, Glamorgan, Wales, FHL# 813540 item 6, TNA# RG4/3884
  • 1750 burials in Llangiwg, Glamorgan showing three people still using the patronymic naming pattern. These burials provide evidence for the two preceding generations. One person, William Morgan John, was old enough to be married and with an estimated span of thirty three years between generations this burial record moves the pedigree back about 100 years.
  • Cambrian Newspaper, 26 March 1842.
  • I’m typing in the parish name of Llangiwg but the system does not have the parish listed under that spelling.
  • Margaret died at age 29 and Samuel remarried but it would be difficult to prove this with the parish registers only. The burial is on Family History Library DGS number 425322, image 30,
  • History of Y Gwrhyd
  • http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt344/sushant4life/GraveDigger.jpg

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  • 1. Digging Deeper into Welsh Genealogy
  • 2. MAPS
  • 3. Jurisdictions Diocese & Parish are critical
  • 4. Excellent topographical map
  • 5. Key Dates in Welsh Genealogy • 1538 christening, marriage and burial records begin • 1597 Bishop’s transcripts begin • 1754 pre-printed forms for marriages • 1813 pre-printed forms used for christenings & burials • 1837 civil registration • 1841 census records begin, done every ten years
  • 6. CENSUS RECORDS
  • 7. NONCONFORMITY
  • 8. PARISH REGISTERS
  • 9. Pre 1813 burial (1750)
  • 10. Post 1813 burial
  • 11. Marriages
  • 12. Start with a marriage index • Marriages indexes serve as a good finding tool • FindMyPast has many Welsh parish registers at https://www.findmypast.com/ • Use FindMyPast for free at a FamilySearch Center
  • 13. Marriages pre 1754
  • 14. Details to watch for 1754-1837
  • 15. Post 1836 Parish Register
  • 16. Christenings Christenings often show: • child’s given name • Father’s name • Mother’s name Sometimes included: • Family residence such as the village, street or farm name • Father’s occupation
  • 17. Post 1812 parish register christening
  • 18. Bishop’s Transcript
  • 19. CIVIL REGISTRATION
  • 20. David Thomas Howell Death Notice On the 11th inst., aged 75 years, Mr. David Thomas Howell, landlord of the Star Public house, Llanguicke. He was for many years a consistent member of the Independents, and was highly esteemed and beloved by all who knew him.
  • 21. PROBATE RECORDS
  • 22. RECORD SUPPLEMENTS / SUBSTITUTES
  • 23. Monumental Inscriptions Use with other records
  • 24. Local Histories There was another poet living in the district known as Howell Gellilwca, who was grandfather to Evan Evans, superindendent of police in Neath at this time, but who was born and brought up in Betting Ganol.
  • 25. Manuscript Pedigrees
  • 26. Strategies for Success • Kill off your ancestor • Find your ancestor in every census • Always search both the Parish Registers and Bishop’s Transcripts
  • 27. Strategies for Success • Use indexes • Don’t trust indexes • Watch for patronymics: David Thomas Howell is a clue
  • 28. Digging Deeper into Welsh Genealogy