Records are associated with certain jurisdictions. Parish registers, poor law and census records at the parish level, court records at the county level and probate records at the archdeaconry or diocese.
Ordnance Survey 25 inch to one mile map.Image taken at Neath Antiquarian Society Archive 9 September 2011.
From an estate sale catalog, map scale 208.33 feet to an inch. West Glamorgan Archive Service reference D/D Z 543/1 photographed 28 February 2011.
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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.
Key Dates in Welsh Family History
• 1538 christening, marriage and burial records begin
• 1597 Bishop’s transcripts begin
• 1754 pre-printed forms for marriages
• 1813 pre-printed forms used for christenings & burials
• 1837 civil registration
• 1841 census records begin, done every ten years
• Marriages are indexed well and serve as a good
• Get your bearings by using maps
– Map of the country
– Map of the county showing all parishes
• The book Atlas and Index of Parish Registers
• Order one of the three maps for Wales at
Start with a marriage index
• FindMyPast has many Welsh parish registers at
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• A list of county based indexes is at
David Thomas Howell Death Notice
On the 11th inst., aged 75 years, Mr.
David Thomas Howell, landlord of the
Star Public house, Llanguicke. He was
for many years a consistent member of
the Independents, and was highly
esteemed and beloved by all who