Welsh Nonconformist Records By Darris G. Williams, AG
Nonconformists
Nonconformity <ul><li>Nonconformity had the greatest influence on the spiritual and social life of Wales </li></ul><ul><li...
Nonconformity <ul><li>High incidence of nonconformity  </li></ul>
Growth of  Welsh Nonconformity 2927 993 171 105 110 Chapels 1861 1816 1775 1742 1716 Year
<ul><li>Many records have not been deposited. About 5,500 chapels existed in Wales but less than thirty per cent of the re...
Fate of Nonconformist Records <ul><li>No record made </li></ul><ul><li>Records may have been lost </li></ul><ul><li>The re...
Nonconformity <ul><li>Types of chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>Birth/baptismal register </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage regist...
Nonconformity <ul><li>More chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer registers </li></ul><ul><li>Pew rent books </li></ul>...
Nonconformity <ul><li>More chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>Chapel histories </li></ul><ul><li>Personal accounts of the ch...
 
 
 
 
Strategies for Success <ul><li>Identify the chapels in the area where your ancestors lived using the 1851religious census ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strategies for Success <ul><li>Utilize chapel records other than the registers of birth, marriage, and death/burial </li><...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strategies for Success <ul><li>Search the  National Burial Index  compact disc. This database </li></ul><ul><li>includes 2...
Strategies for Success <ul><li>Search records within a fifteen mile radius of where your ancestors lived. </li></ul>
 
Strategies for Success <ul><li>Utilize histories about the: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Area <...
 
 
 
 
Baran Chapel Monumental Inscriptions
 
Strategies for Success <ul><li>Search the Historical Manuscripts Commission  National Register </li></ul><ul><li>of Archiv...
IGI
The International Genealogical Index for Wales <ul><li>Pre 1813 extractions are based on the assumption </li></ul><ul><li>...
Analysis of Extracted Welsh Records <ul><li>There are about 1,200 parish churches in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>There were ab...
Analysis of Extracted Welsh Records <ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 21% of the church and chapel records </...
The International Genealogical Index for Wales <ul><li>Strategies for success </li></ul><ul><li>Search by given name for c...
 
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  • Dan Jones Awakens Wales by Clark Kelly Price of Thayne, Star Valley Wyoming, in “Welsh Festival Marriott Center Program” March 6, 1993.
  • Welsh Nonconformist Records

    1. 2. Welsh Nonconformist Records By Darris G. Williams, AG
    2. 3. Nonconformists
    3. 4. Nonconformity <ul><li>Nonconformity had the greatest influence on the spiritual and social life of Wales </li></ul><ul><li>By the mid nineteenth century 80% of the population were nonconformists </li></ul><ul><li>Before 1689 and the Toleration Act nonconformity was illegal so few records were kept </li></ul><ul><li>The church was unable to cater to the spiritual needs and growth of the population </li></ul><ul><li>Nonconformity offered religion in the Welsh language </li></ul>
    4. 5. Nonconformity <ul><li>High incidence of nonconformity </li></ul>
    5. 6. Growth of Welsh Nonconformity 2927 993 171 105 110 Chapels 1861 1816 1775 1742 1716 Year
    6. 7. <ul><li>Many records have not been deposited. About 5,500 chapels existed in Wales but less than thirty per cent of the registers have been deposited at a record office </li></ul>
    7. 8. Fate of Nonconformist Records <ul><li>No record made </li></ul><ul><li>Records may have been lost </li></ul><ul><li>The records may still be with the chapel </li></ul><ul><li>Families traveled a considerable distance to worship & may not appear where you expect!!! </li></ul>
    8. 9. Nonconformity <ul><li>Types of chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>Birth/baptismal register </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage register </li></ul><ul><li>Burial register </li></ul><ul><li>Membership lists </li></ul><ul><li>Accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Minute books </li></ul>
    9. 10. Nonconformity <ul><li>More chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer registers </li></ul><ul><li>Pew rent books </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday school records </li></ul><ul><li>Lists of society members, Band of Hope & Temperance League </li></ul><ul><li>Monumental inscriptions </li></ul>
    10. 11. Nonconformity <ul><li>More chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>Chapel histories </li></ul><ul><li>Personal accounts of the chapel’s early history </li></ul>
    11. 16. Strategies for Success <ul><li>Identify the chapels in the area where your ancestors lived using the 1851religious census and the six inch to one mile scale Ordnance Survey maps http://www.old-maps.co.uk / </li></ul>
    12. 25. Strategies for Success <ul><li>Utilize chapel records other than the registers of birth, marriage, and death/burial </li></ul><ul><li>Request a search in Capeli Cymru for other chapel records when registers of birth marriage and death/burial are not available. National Library of Wales enquiries: [email_address] </li></ul>
    13. 32. Strategies for Success <ul><li>Search the National Burial Index compact disc. This database </li></ul><ul><li>includes 265 thousand entries for Wales (Glamorganshire, </li></ul><ul><li>Cardiganshire, Radnorshire, Monmouthshire, and </li></ul><ul><li>Montgomeryshire) </li></ul><ul><li>Search for burials at the parish church. Nonconformist chapels </li></ul><ul><li>seldom had their own burial ground before 1800 </li></ul><ul><li>Search monumental inscriptions </li></ul>
    14. 33. Strategies for Success <ul><li>Search records within a fifteen mile radius of where your ancestors lived. </li></ul>
    15. 35. Strategies for Success <ul><li>Utilize histories about the: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chapel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Denomination </li></ul></ul>
    16. 40. Baran Chapel Monumental Inscriptions
    17. 42. Strategies for Success <ul><li>Search the Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register </li></ul><ul><li>of Archives web site for information on recently deposited </li></ul><ul><li>records. Do a “Place Name”search </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra / </li></ul>
    18. 43. IGI
    19. 44. The International Genealogical Index for Wales <ul><li>Pre 1813 extractions are based on the assumption </li></ul><ul><li>that everyone used patronymics. </li></ul><ul><li>Post 1812 extractions are based on the </li></ul><ul><li>assumption that no one used patronymics. </li></ul><ul><li>A small percentage of church and chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>have been extracted. </li></ul>
    20. 45. Analysis of Extracted Welsh Records <ul><li>There are about 1,200 parish churches in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>There were about 5,500 nonconformist chapels in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>There should be about 6,700 registers of church/chapel records for Wales </li></ul><ul><li>About 1,408 registers have been extracted for Wales (based on findings for Glamorgan) </li></ul>
    21. 46. Analysis of Extracted Welsh Records <ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 21% of the church and chapel records </li></ul><ul><li>for Wales have been extracted for the IGI </li></ul>
    22. 47. The International Genealogical Index for Wales <ul><li>Strategies for success </li></ul><ul><li>Search by given name for christenings before 1813 </li></ul><ul><li>Search by surname for christenings after 1812 </li></ul><ul><li>Use the IGI as a starting point but never expect it to </li></ul><ul><li>represent a high percentage of the population </li></ul><ul><li>Always examine the original record </li></ul>

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