Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 224 pages
Author: B. Evans
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword
Few previous publications have focused on Welsh family history and none have provided a comprehensive guide to the genealogical information available and where to find it.
That is why the publication of Beryl Evans' new Welsh family history handbook is such a significant event in the field. Her details, accessible, authoritative guide will be essential reading and reference for anyone who is eager to research ancestors from Wales.
She describes the key archival sources and shows how the development of new technology, the internet in particular, has made them so much easier to explore. Drawing on her long experience of family history work, she gives clear practical advice on how to start a research project, sketching in the outlines of Welsh history, Welsh surnames, Welsh place-names and the Welsh language.
But the main body of her book is devoted to identifying the variety of sources researchers can consult - the archive repositories, including The National Library of Wales, civil records of all kinds, the census, parish registers, wills, the records of churches, chapels, schools, businesses, tax and court records, and the wide range of printed records.
Beryl's handbook will be a basic text for researchers of Welsh descent and for anyone who is keen to learn about Welsh history.
List of Illustrations
1. Starting Your Research
2. The Welsh
3. Archives, Libraries and Family History Societies
4. Civil Registration
5. Census Records
6. Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
8. Parish Chest Records
9. Wills and Other Probate Records
12. The Poor Law After 1834
14. Estate and Manorial Records
15. The Court of Great Sessions
16. Trade and Industry
18. Military Records
19. Land Tax Assessment Records
20. Other Sources
Appendix 1. LDS Family History Centres in Wales
Appendix 2. Translation Tables
Appendix 3. Register Offices in Wales
Appendix 4. Surviving Welsh Census Returns 1801-31
Appendix 5. Missing and Incomplete Census Returns for Wales
Appendix 6. Welsh Probate Registries
Appendix 7. Post-1834 Poor Law Unions in Wales (showing year offormation)