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Basic tools, websites and records for genealogy research in Wales or for Welsh families abroad.

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  • Holt parish register, image from http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/northeastwales/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9396000/9396912.stm
  • Llangiwg, Glamorgan parish register, DGS number 425328, image 18
  • Llangiwg Banns register, 1825, DGS number 433537, image 6, page 4.
  • Membership List, Gellionnen Chapel, Glamorgan, Wales, FHL# 813540 item 6, TNA# RG4/3884
  • Membership List, Gellionnen Chapel, Glamorgan, Wales, FHL# 813540 item 6, TNA# RG4/3884
  • Gellionnen Chapel Records, FHL# 813540 item 6, TNA# RG4/3884
  • Census records are one of the best records for Welsh family history because individuals are listed together in context of a family group.
  • 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,
  • Welsh family history getting started

    1. 1. Welsh Family History: Getting Started
    2. 2. Agenda• Getting started• Free help• Records for family history• Websites
    3. 3. GETTING STARTED
    4. 4. What you need to get started• A place, the parish name is good• Having the village or farm name is best• Name of the ancestor• Reference tools – Gazetteers – Maps – Book: Parish Registers of Wales
    5. 5. Jurisdictions• Several levels of jurisdiction applied to the area where your ancestor lived.• The parish and diocese are very important for family history research.
    6. 6. A great “free” program that handles Welsh naming patterns
    7. 7. FREE HELP
    8. 8. Familysearch.org
    9. 9. RECORDS FOR FAMILY HISTORY
    10. 10. The parish was the center of the world Before 1834 the parish wasthe both the civil andecclesiastical center of life.
    11. 11. Parish Registers• Recording christenings, marriages and burials went into effect in 1538.• There are just over 1,000 ancient parishes (created before 1813) but only 71 have records that survive before 1600.• Many parishes have no registers before 1754.
    12. 12. Key Dates• 1538 Order to begin recording christenings, marriages and burials• 1538 – 1732 expect registers in Latin• 1698 – 1703 some events not registered to avoid taxation• 1752 the first day of the year is changed from 25 March to 1 January
    13. 13. Key Dates• 1754 separate, pre-printed forms used to record marriages• 1597 – 1917 Bishop’s transcripts• 1783-1794 Stamp Act taxed all registrations• 1813 printed forms used for christenings & burials• 1837 parishes use the same form for marriages as civil registration
    14. 14. ChristeningsChristenings often show:• child’s given name• Father’s name• Mother’s nameSometimes included:• Family residence such as the village, street or farm name• Father’s occupation
    15. 15. Post 1812 parish register
    16. 16. Bishop’s Transcript
    17. 17. Marriages
    18. 18. Marriages• Get your bearings – Map of the country – Map of the county showing all parishes – Atlas and Index of Parish Registers FHL book# 942 E7pa
    19. 19. Start with a marriage index• Search the Family History Library Catalog by doing a place search for the county• Use the IGI• Marriage and Census Indexes FHL book# 942 D27gjh
    20. 20. Marriages pre 1754
    21. 21. Pay close attention to all names
    22. 22. Typical post 1753 parish register
    23. 23. Details to watch for 1754-1837
    24. 24. • I’d like to look at a Banns register for 1818 but according to Parish Registers of Wales the records do not exist.• Note that the BTs start a generation earlier than PRs
    25. 25. Banns register
    26. 26. Banns register
    27. 27. Marriage by license
    28. 28. Nonconformist Records Template 007.ppt 36
    29. 29. FamilySearch Research Wiki Template 007.ppt 37
    30. 30. Template 007.ppt 38
    31. 31. Template 007.ppt 39
    32. 32. Template 007.ppt 40
    33. 33. Template 007.ppt 41
    34. 34. Carmarthenshire Nonconformist Records Template 007.ppt 42
    35. 35. Glamorgan Nonconformist Records
    36. 36. Census records often group family members together
    37. 37. Census records often group family members together
    38. 38. Census records often group family members together
    39. 39. Record Supplements/Substitutes• Poor quality or missing parish registers and Bishop’s transcripts may be supplemented by monumental inscriptions.
    40. 40. WEBSITES
    41. 41. The Search page allows you to filter
    42. 42. The Search page allows you to filter
    43. 43. The image page has the option to enlarge & download the image
    44. 44. http://www.slideshare.net/darris

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