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Guide to '''Wales ancestry, family history, and genealogy''': birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records. 
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==Background Information==
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'''Wales''' is one of the four constituent countries of the [[United Kingdom]] (together with [[England Genealogy|England]], [[Scotland Genealogy|Scotland]] and [[Northern Ireland Genealogy|Northern Ireland]]) and is located in the western part of Britain. From its original Celtic origins, a distinct Welsh national identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century. The country is bilingual, with both Welsh and English (predominant) being official languages. Birth, Death, Marriage and Military records for Wales are listed with English records.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Wales," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales, accessed 23 March 2016.</ref>
  
Record offices and libraries with records about your Welsh ancestors are scattered throughout Wales, England and the United States. The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City are notable examples where you might spend days of fruitful searching. Don't overlook local gems like the [[Aberkenfig Resource Centre|'''Aberkenfig Resource Centre''']].
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==Getting Started ==
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<h3>Getting Started with Wales Research</h3>
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*[[GuidedResearch:Wales|Guided Research]]
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*[[English Birth, Christening or Baptism Date]]
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*[[English Marriage Dates]]
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*[[English Burial or Death Dates]]
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*[[Find a Welsh Emigrant or Immigrant from Wales Record Selection Guide|Finding Welsh Emigrant or Immigrant]]
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*[[Wales Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
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<h3>Wales Research Tools</h3>
'''FamilySearch'''<br /><br />Microfilming of Welsh family history records began sixty years ago. Learn about records of Wales available from FamilySearch. [[Welsh Records Available Through FamilySearch|'''Read more...''']]                                              <br /><br />FamilySearch Collection Statistics for Wales (2 October 2007)<br /><div align="left">
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Wales research.
 
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* [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/expertsearch Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales - (1870)]
* 5,916 microfilms
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*[https://places.library.wales/ Tithe Maps & Apportionments]
* 2,782 microfiche
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* 3,104 books
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* 206 electronic resources
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|<div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[Wales Online Genealogy Records]]</span>
* 105 maps<br />
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|<span class="community_button">[[FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups|Ask the <br>Community]]</span></div>
 
 
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[[Image:Baran%20Chapel,%20Llangyfelach.JPG|Baran Chapel Llangyfelach]]<br />
 
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'''Beginners Corner'''<br /><br />Start to learn about your Welsh  ancestors by following [[How To Start Your Family History|'''four simple steps''']].                  <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
 
 
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=== Searching Before 1700?<br /> ===
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== Wales Clickable Maps ==
  
In early Wales there was a legal need to know not only your pedigree but also your kindred. This led to the creation of early manuscript pedigrees. Many of those Welsh pedigrees are available. '''[[Wales Early Manuscript and Printed Pedigrees|Read more...]]<br />'''
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=== Pre 1974  ===
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{{Image Map Wales 1}}
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=== 1974-1996  ===
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{{Image Map Wales 2}}
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=== Did You Know? ===
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=== Post 1996  ===
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{{Image Map Wales 3}}
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Websites are available listing records and resources for individual parishes.<br />The site for [http://www.llangynfelyn.org/hafan.html '''Llangynfelyn'''] in Mid  Wales is an example of a good one. A site exists for the hamlet of '''[http://www.a-glamorgan-family.com/Rhyndwyclydach.html Rhyndwyclydach]''' in Llangyfelach parish Glamorganshire where transcripts of two chapel membership lists (Gellionnen and Baran), land tax assessments, census, directories and overseers of the poor may be viewed.
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== Counties  ==
  
=== <br />Useful Websites <br /> ===
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'''Most researchers will be researching with the context of these historic counties. Wales, like many other countries, has seen much reorganization over time and it may be necessary to search in several counties.'''
  
'''[http://homepage.ntlworld.com/geogdata/ngw/home.htm National Gazetteer of Wales]'''
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[http://home.clara.net/daibevan/LookupExch/LEWales.html '''Wales Lookup Exchange''']
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! width="33%" | pre 1974
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! width="33%" | 1974-1996
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| [[Anglesey, Wales Genealogy|Anglesey]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd, Wales Genealogy|Gwynedd]]
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| [[Anglesey, Wales Genealogy|Anglesey]]
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|- valign="top"
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| [[Breconshire, Wales Genealogy|Breconshire]]
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| [[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|Powys]]<br>[[County of Mid Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|Mid Glamorgan]]<br>[[County of Gwent, Wales Genealogy|Gwent]]
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| [[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|Powys]]<br>[[County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales Genealogy|Rhondda Cyon Taf]]<br>[[Monmouthshire, Wales Genealogy|Monmouthshire]]
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|- valign="top"
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| [[Caernarfonshire, Wales Genealogy|Caernarfonshire]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd, Wales Genealogy|Gwynedd]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd, Wales Genealogy|Gwynedd]]<br>''[[County Borough of Conwy, Wales Genealogy|Conwy]]''
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| [[Cardiganshire, Wales Genealogy|Cardiganshire]]
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| [[County of Dyfed, Wales Genealogy|Dyfed]]
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| [[Ceredigion, Wales Genealogy|Ceredigion]]
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| [[Carmarthenshire, Wales Genealogy|Carmarthenshire]]
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| [[County of Dyfed, Wales Genealogy|Dyfed]]
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| [[Carmarthenshire, Wales Genealogy|Carmarthenshire]]<br>[[Pembrokeshire, Wales Genealogy|Pembrokeshire]]
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| [[Denbighshire, Wales Genealogy|Denbighshire]]
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| [[County of Clwyd, Wales Genealogy|Clwyd]]<br>[[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|''Powys'']]
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| [[Denbighshire, Wales Genealogy|Denbighshire]]<br>[[Flintshire, Wales Genealogy|Flintshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham, Wales Genealogy|Wrexham]]<br>[[County Borough of Conwy, Wales Genealogy|Conwy]]
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|- valign="top"
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| [[Flintshire, Wales Genealogy|Flintshire]]
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| [[County of Clwyd, Wales Genealogy|Clwyd]]
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| [[Flintshire, Wales Genealogy|Flintshire]]<br>[[Denbighshire, Wales Genealogy|Denbighshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham, Wales Genealogy|Wrexham]]
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| [[Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|Glamorgan]]
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| [[County of Mid Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|Mid Glamorgan]]<br><br>[[County of South Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|South Glamorgan]]<br><br>[[County of West Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|West Glamorgan]]
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| [[County Borough of Bridgend, Wales Genealogy|Bridgend]]<br>[[County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil, Wales Genealogy|Merthyr Tydfil]]<br>[[County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales Genealogy|Rhondda Cynon Taf]]<br>[[County Borough of Caerphilly, Wales Genealogy|Caerphilly]]<br>[[County of Cardiff, Wales Genealogy|Cardiff]]<br>[[County Borough of the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|The Vale of Glamorgan]]<br>[[County of Swansea, Wales Genealogy|Swansea]]<br>[[County Borough of Neath Port Talbot, Wales Genealogy|Neath Port Talbot]]
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| [[Merionethshire, Wales Genealogy|Merionethshire]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd, Wales Genealogy|Gwynedd]]<br>[[County of Clwyd, Wales Genealogy|''Clwyd'']]
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| [[County of Gwynedd, Wales Genealogy|Gwynedd]]<br>[[Denbighshire, Wales Genealogy|''Denbighshire'']]
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| [[Monmouthshire, Wales Genealogy|Monmouthshire]]
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| [[County of Mid Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|Mid Glamorgan]]''<br>''[[County of South Glamorgan, Wales Genealogy|South Glamorgan]]
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| [[Monmouthshire, Wales Genealogy|Monmouthshire]]<br>[[County of Newport, Wales Genealogy|Newport]]<br>[[County Borough of Blaenau Gwent, Wales Genealogy|Blaenau Gwent]]<br>[[County Borough of Torfaen, Wales Genealogy|Torfaen]]<br>[[County Borough of Caerphilly, Wales Genealogy|Caerphilly]]
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| [[Montgomeryshire, Wales Genealogy|Montgomeryshire]]
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| [[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|Powys]]
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| [[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|Powys]]
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| [[Pembrokeshire, Wales Genealogy|Pembrokeshire]]
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| [[County of Dyfed, Wales Genealogy|Dyfed]]
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| [[Pembrokeshire, Wales Genealogy|Pembrokeshire]]
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| [[Radnorshire, Wales Genealogy|Radnorshire]]
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| [[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|Powys]]
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| [[County of Powys, Wales Genealogy|Powys]]
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'''[http://isys.llgc.org.uk/ National Library of Wales ISYS:web search]'''
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See the relevant county pages for further information. <!-- end of middle column --> <!-- start of footer -->
  
'''[http://home.clara.net/tirbach/hicks3a.html#graveyard Graveyard Welsh] '''
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.
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*[https://community.familysearch.org/en/group/205-wales-genealogy-research FamilySearching Genealogy Research Groups] - Online groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1986311?region=Wales Historical Records]
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=wales Family History Center locator map]
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*{{RecordSearch|2836130|England and Wales National Register, 1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
[http://www.maritimewales.org.uk/ '''Maritime Wales''']
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===Research Tutorials===
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*[https://familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lesson/777 '''Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lesson/498 '''England and Wales Civil Registration''']
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lessons/england-and-wales-census-records-1841-1911-indexes '''England and Wales Census Records 1841-1911 Indexes''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/help/helpcenter/lesson/510 '''British Resources on FamilySearch.org'''] - Parts 1 and 2
  
=== Contribute Content<br /> ===
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== References ==
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** [[Wales Church Records|'''Wales Church Records''']]<br />
 
** [[Wales Cemeteries|'''Wales Cemeteries and Graveyards''']]<br />
 
  
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Guide to Wales ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Background Information[edit | edit source]

Wales is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (together with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and is located in the western part of Britain. From its original Celtic origins, a distinct Welsh national identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century. The country is bilingual, with both Welsh and English (predominant) being official languages. Birth, Death, Marriage and Military records for Wales are listed with English records.[1]

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Wales Research

Wales Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Wales research.

Ask the
Community

Wales Clickable Maps[edit | edit source]

Pre 1974[edit | edit source]

AngleseyFlintCaernarfonDenbighMerionethMontgomeryCardiganRadnorBreconMonmouthPembrokeCarmarthenGlamorgan400px-Wales County Structure pre 1974 copy.jpg

1974-1996[edit | edit source]

GwyneddClwydPowysDyfedGwentSouth GlamorganMid GlamorganWest Glamorgan400px Wales 1974-1996.jpeg

Post 1996[edit | edit source]

AngleseyGwyneddConwayDenbignshireFlintshireWrexhamPowysCeredigionCarmarthenshirePembrokeshireMonmothshire500px Wales after 1996.jpeg

Counties[edit | edit source]

Most researchers will be researching with the context of these historic counties. Wales, like many other countries, has seen much reorganization over time and it may be necessary to search in several counties.

pre 1974 1974-1996 post 1996
Anglesey Gwynedd Anglesey
Breconshire Powys
Mid Glamorgan
Gwent
Powys
Rhondda Cyon Taf
Monmouthshire
Caernarfonshire Gwynedd Gwynedd
Conwy
Cardiganshire Dyfed Ceredigion
Carmarthenshire Dyfed Carmarthenshire
Pembrokeshire
Denbighshire Clwyd
Powys
Denbighshire
Flintshire
Wrexham
Conwy
Flintshire Clwyd Flintshire
Denbighshire
Wrexham
Glamorgan Mid Glamorgan

South Glamorgan

West Glamorgan
Bridgend
Merthyr Tydfil
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Caerphilly
Cardiff
The Vale of Glamorgan
Swansea
Neath Port Talbot
Merionethshire Gwynedd
Clwyd
Gwynedd
Denbighshire
Monmouthshire Mid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan
Monmouthshire
Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Torfaen
Caerphilly
Montgomeryshire Powys Powys
Pembrokeshire Dyfed Pembrokeshire
Radnorshire Powys Powys

See the relevant county pages for further information.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wales," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales, accessed 23 March 2016.