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Finding the Wales Place of Origin

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Because of common names, knowing the place of origin (county or parish) in Wales is important and will narrow search results. Try the following suggestions:

  • Survey previous research of the ancestor and their family (including parents, siblings, spouses, children).
  • Search records in country of arrival. Some useful records include:
  • Biographies
  • Birth, marriage, death certificates
  • Cemetery records
  • Census records
  • Church records
  • Genealogies
  • Journals
  • Land and property records
  • Letters
  • Military records
  • Naturalization records
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Passenger lists
  • Passport applications
  • Probate records
  • Search records in England. Some useful records include:
  • Localize the surname. Checking a surname distribution map may locate the likely region an ancestor is from. Search for the surname of both the father/groom and the mother/bride to narrow down the region.

After place is located:

Go to Wales Guided Research to find the vital records of your ancestor.

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