Reference tool deficiencies <ul><li>Only christening/baptism, marriage and burial records are listed in Nonconformist Registers of Wales. This book was published in 1994 and does not list records deposited since that date. Only 1350 of 5500 congregations had deposited records. </li></ul><ul><li>The 1851 religious census does not identify record availability or congregations started after 1851. </li></ul><ul><li>Archives Network Wales does not cover all repositories of Welsh nonconformist records. </li></ul>
Present reference sources leave records out of reach for most genealogists
Genealogical Proof Standard <ul><li>The Board for Certification of Genealogists ® have identified five elements that contribute to acceptable conclusions in genealogical research. </li></ul><ul><li>First in their list is: “ a reasonably exhaustive search ”. </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult for most Welsh family historians to know what an exhaustive search is when it comes to nonconformist records due to incomplete reference guides and scattered resources. </li></ul>
What is next? <ul><li>Continue adding to the list of records and record substitutes for Monmouthshire. </li></ul><ul><li>Start similar pages for the other counties of Wales. </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly tie the information to clickable maps showing the counties and parishes. </li></ul><ul><li>We need more help to make this the best source of information about nonconformist records. Contact [email_address] to get involved. </li></ul>
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