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Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
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Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
Welsh Nonconformist Records
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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.
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    • 1.  
    • 2. Welsh Nonconformist Records By Darris G. Williams, AG
    • 3. Nonconformists
    • 4. Nonconformity
      • Nonconformity had the greatest influence on the spiritual and social life of Wales
      • By the mid nineteenth century 80% of the population were nonconformists
      • Before 1689 and the Toleration Act nonconformity was illegal so few records were kept
      • The church was unable to cater to the spiritual needs and growth of the population
      • Nonconformity offered religion in the Welsh language
    • 5. Nonconformity
      • High incidence of nonconformity
    • 6. Growth of Welsh Nonconformity 2927 993 171 105 110 Chapels 1861 1816 1775 1742 1716 Year
    • 7.
      • 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
    • 8. Fate of Nonconformist Records
      • No record made
      • Records may have been lost
      • The records may still be with the chapel
      • Families traveled a considerable distance to worship & may not appear where you expect!!!
    • 9. Nonconformity
      • Types of chapel records
      • Birth/baptismal register
      • Marriage register
      • Burial register
      • Membership lists
      • Accounts
      • Minute books
    • 10. Nonconformity
      • More chapel records
      • Transfer registers
      • Pew rent books
      • Sunday school records
      • Lists of society members, Band of Hope & Temperance League
      • Monumental inscriptions
    • 11. Nonconformity
      • More chapel records
      • Chapel histories
      • Personal accounts of the chapel’s early history
    • 12.  
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    • 16. Strategies for Success
      • 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 /
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    • 25. Strategies for Success
      • Utilize chapel records other than the registers of birth, marriage, and death/burial
      • 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]
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    • 32. Strategies for Success
      • Search the National Burial Index compact disc. This database
      • includes 265 thousand entries for Wales (Glamorganshire,
      • Cardiganshire, Radnorshire, Monmouthshire, and
      • Montgomeryshire)
      • Search for burials at the parish church. Nonconformist chapels
      • seldom had their own burial ground before 1800
      • Search monumental inscriptions
    • 33. Strategies for Success
      • Search records within a fifteen mile radius of where your ancestors lived.
    • 34.  
    • 35. Strategies for Success
      • Utilize histories about the:
        • Chapel
        • Area
        • Denomination
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    • 40. Baran Chapel Monumental Inscriptions
    • 41.  
    • 42. Strategies for Success
      • Search the Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register
      • of Archives web site for information on recently deposited
      • records. Do a “Place Name”search
      • http:// www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra /
    • 43. IGI
    • 44. The International Genealogical Index for Wales
      • Pre 1813 extractions are based on the assumption
      • that everyone used patronymics.
      • Post 1812 extractions are based on the
      • assumption that no one used patronymics.
      • A small percentage of church and chapel records
      • have been extracted.
    • 45. Analysis of Extracted Welsh Records
      • There are about 1,200 parish churches in Wales
      • There were about 5,500 nonconformist chapels in Wales
      • There should be about 6,700 registers of church/chapel records for Wales
      • About 1,408 registers have been extracted for Wales (based on findings for Glamorgan)
    • 46. Analysis of Extracted Welsh Records
      • Conclusion
      • Less than 21% of the church and chapel records
      • for Wales have been extracted for the IGI
    • 47. The International Genealogical Index for Wales
      • Strategies for success
      • Search by given name for christenings before 1813
      • Search by surname for christenings after 1812
      • Use the IGI as a starting point but never expect it to
      • represent a high percentage of the population
      • Always examine the original record
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