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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Welsh parish registers have been published at http://www.findmypast.co.uk/content/welsh-collection/about
The good news:
The bad news:
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Welsh people have been drawn to London for generations.There is a book, The Welsh in London, 1500-2000 which provides the history and many details related to Welsh migration to London. It estimates that today about 70,000 people born in Wales live…Continue
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A six part BBC Wales series on the the history of Wales was televised early in 2012. For those who missed it a DVD is available from the Open University. While visiting Wales in February and March I was able to see two episodes and loved it.
Episode titles are:
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One of my favorite sources for Welsh family history has been Welsh magazines from the 1800s. In January 2012 the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy will have a Welsh Research Course consisting of twenty classes. One of the classes will be presented by Dr Gethin Matthews on the Welsh Periodical Press. He has done extensive research in this rich…Continue
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I am nearly finished reading The Rebecca Riots by David Williams and am thrilled with the insight it is giving me. The background leading up to the report on the riots is important information for family historians. Some of what I have learned is listed below.
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Occasionally I inform people at work or in my local church congregation that I come from a long line of nonconformists. This is usually a way to justify myself for some stand I take or one of my personal quirks. Most people tracing Welsh ancestry will find that nonconformists (religious groups not tied to the Church of England/Church in Wales) had a great impact on their ancestors, directly or indirectly.
While preparing to teach at the…Continue
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Family and local history societies provide a variety of useful resources that all researchers should tap into. My quandary has been how to select which ones to send my money to. Most society membership fees are between ten and twenty pounds (20-40 dollars).
I've heard that we should join the family history society near where we live. This might not seem to make great sense but it is helpful to be able to attend meetings where you can learn from other family historians. My…Continue
Religion played a significant part in the lives of our ancestors. Church records are one of the top three records suggested for tracing family history. That's not surprising since christening, marriage, and death/burial records document important events in an individual's and family's life. Additional records were produced by church and chapel that are often neglected. One of those neglected resources I find fascinating for Welsh family historians is Welsh denominational…Continue
Added by Darris G. Williams on February 6, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments
Tasks for locating a burial should be prioritized in the following order.
1. Search the National Burial Index 3rd edition. Not all counties are included so check for the coverage.
2. Search any available county burial index (check with the county family…Continue
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There are more blogs, books, magazine & journal articles about genealogy and family history than you can shake a stick at. Detailed sources for a specific record such as the records of the court of Great Sessions are available and well worth reading when it is time to delve into records. The sources listed below will help you build a foundation of knowledge leading to a rewarding journey in Welsh…Continue
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