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Gellylwcca Fawr 1880

Farm sale catalogs provide detailed maps of places our ancestors lived. This map was made thirty years after my ancestor died there but still illustrates the place where he lived.
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Searching for Family and Community History in Wales

In preparation for the Welsh Family & Community History course at British Institute next month I have been reading a lot more than usual. I keep finding great sources and worry that there is too much to share during the week long course. This morning I finished reading Searching for Family and Community History in Wales which was edited by Rheinallt Llwyd and D. Huw Owen.

This is one of the top…


Posted on September 9, 2016 at 1:22pm

Ordnance Survey Maps

Detailed maps for Wales are now available online. This is one of the best tools for family history research. Grasping the geographical context that our ancestors lived in is critical.

  1. Go to http://maps.nls.uk/geo/records/
  2. Use the zoom in option or choose a map series (County Series 6 inch is a favorite of mine)
  3. Click on England and Wales (lower left side of the screen)
  4. Select a county in the…

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 11:23am

Online Parish Maps for Wales - Finally!

I've heard that doing family history without maps is like painting with your eyes shut. If you try without, then find a good map you'll understand. For a few years there has been a great set of online parish maps for England but until this month Wales was not included. The site has not been fully updated and additional functionality should be available soon. The parish maps for Wales are available now and that is the critical data. The rest will be a bonus.


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Posted on January 17, 2014 at 4:21pm

New class

I spent the morning at the annual Conference On Family History in Provo Utah yesterday. It has been several years since I taught there. My class on Basics of Welsh Research was very well attended. The presentation slides are available at http://www.slideshare.net/Darris which has more detail for some topics than the syllabus could include. I hope you find some ideas to help in your research.

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 7:57am

Welsh Parish Registers on Findmypast

Welsh parish registers have been published at http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/welsh-collection/about

The good news:

  1. We can now search online for our ancestors in Welsh parish registers.
  2. Findmypast has provided "detailed coverage" charts for baptisms, marriages, marriage banns and burials.

The bad news:

  1. Not all parishes are…

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 12:45pm

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At 9:30pm on October 20, 2009, Dorothy Oksner gave Darris G. Williams a gift
Darris, thanks for putting up this page. Should I ask questions of you? I did enjoy your recent class at the FHL on Welsh research.
At 3:58pm on January 1, 2010, joy fisher said…
Hi Darris
So your relative Noah Williams would have known My gr gr great grandfather Thomas Davies who was the local blacksmith in Cwmgors at Nant-y-gaseg farm in the 1850s.
Small world!
Happy new year and keep up the good work!
At 9:31am on April 21, 2011, Cory Patrick Bobby Welsh said…
Thank You I hope I do  I am looking to get in touch with my roots and I am going to start to talk Welsh lessons.... I just have to find a school near me.... crossing my fingure or else I will have to be self taught
At 4:38pm on August 2, 2013, Neville Wright said…

Hi Darryl

Thanks for approving my membership. I'm here as I am chasing early relatives of my wife, her mother born Gwen Williams, her mother born Jean Williams, all from Aberhosan in Wales. We have photos of the tombstones in the village cemetery and have contacted several members of the local community. I'll be placing that info up on my page hopefully this weekend.


Nev in Esk, Australia

At 11:48am on April 15, 2015, Margaret Elizabeth Jones said…

Hi Darris, anything going on?

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