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.
Bishop’s Transcript pre 1813
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 DGS number 425322, image 30,
South Wales Pedigrees, FHL microfilm 104353 item 1, page 151 (National Library of Wales reference; CastellGorfod 8).
South Wales Pedigrees, FHL microfilm 104353 item 1, page 143 (National Library of Wales reference; CastellGorfod 8).
Welsh church records
Welsh Church Records<br />Malad Welsh Festival 2011<br />
What we will discuss<br />Intro<br />What you need to start<br />Records<br />Record supplements/substitutes<br />Case study<br />
The parish was the center of the world<br /> Before 1834 the parish was the both the civil and ecclesiastical center of life.<br />
Parish Registers<br />Recording christenings, marriages and burials went into effect in 1538.<br />There are just over 1,000 ancient parishes (created before 1813) but only 71 survive before 1600.<br />Many parishes have no registers before 1754.<br />
Key Dates<br />1538 Order to begin recording christenings, marriages and burials<br />1538 – 1732 expect registers in Latin<br />1698 – 1703 some events not registered to avoid taxation<br />1752 the first day of the year is changed from 25 March to 1 January<br />
Key Dates<br />1754 separate, pre-printed forms used to record marriages<br />1597 – 1917 Bishop’s transcripts<br />1783-1794 Stamp Act taxed all registrations<br />1813 printed forms used for christenings & burials<br />1837 parishes use the same form for marriages as civil registration<br />
Jurisdictions<br />Several levels of jurisdiction applied to the area where your ancestor lived.<br />The parish and diocese are very important for family history research.<br />
What you need to get started<br />A place, the parish name is good<br />Having the village or farm name is best<br />Name of the ancestor<br />Reference tools<br />Gazetteers<br />Maps<br />Book: Parish Registers of Wales<br />
Christenings<br />Christenings often show:<br />child’s given name<br />Father’s name<br />Mother’s name<br />Sometimes included:<br />Family residence such as the village, street or farm name<br />Father’s occupation<br />
Record Supplements/Substitutes<br />Parish of origin<br />Illegitimacy<br />Migration<br />Marriage banns, marriage license, settlement examination<br />Poor law, church warden accounts, vestry minutes, petty sessions, quarter sessions, probate<br />Electoral registers, poor law, rates (tax)<br />
Petty Sessions<br />Application of Hannah Davies against Charles Roberts<br /> Defendant appears<br />Hannah Davies of the parish of Llangefelachmaketh Oath and saith as follows. I am unmarried . <br />On the 28th of January last I was delivered of a male Bastard Child at the said parish of Llangefelach in which parish I now resided. The Defendant Charles Roberts who is now present is the father of that Child. About Eighteen months ago the Defendant was in my Mother’s House with me and Thomas Lewis was then in the next Room. This was about ten oClock at night He then promised to marry me. He had been courting me for about six months previously, and Continued to court me until the month of June last when he went away to Liverpool. He frequently promised to marry me after the occasion I have spoken of During the time he was courting me he came on many occasions to my mother’s House, but I used to meet him generally every Saturday night or Sunday near my mother’s House In about a week after the birth of the Child I desired my Brother William Davies to go…<br />
Record Supplements/Substitutes<br />Poor quality or missing parish registers and Bishop’s transcripts may be supplemented by monumental inscriptions.<br />
Manuscript pedigrees may predate the surviving parish registers.<br />