Wales Goals:  1: Research   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Census Records   4: Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Land, Property, Probate   7: Military Records   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help       




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Goal 1: Get started with Welsh research.


Choices

A. Get started with Welsh research.

  1. Learn about Wales research resources in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Genealogy
  2. Explore the Forebears.io site for research records.
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B. Learn more about Welsh names and terms.

  1. Explore Welsh names and patronymics (naming customs passed down from fathers to children).
  2. Explore the Glossary for Welsh Place Names on the Welsh Family History Archive site.
  3. Listen to authentic pronunciations of Welsh place names.



Goal 2: Learn about Wales archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Wales archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Wales archives and libraries in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Archives and Libraries
  2. Learn about a variety of record archives in the Archives Wales site.
  3. Explore the National Library of Wales site.
  4. Explore the Books We Own site for books that can be checked out or researched for you by others.



Goal 3: Learn about Wales census records.


Choices

A. Learn about Wales census records.

  1. Learn about Wales census records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Census Records
  2. Watch this video to learn about using census records from England and Wales.
    FS—England and Wales Census Records—40:00



Goal 4: Learn about Wales church and cemetery records.


Choices

A. Learn about Wales church records.

  1. Learn about Wales church records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Church Records
  2. Explore the DustyDocs site for links to Welsh parish record websites.
  3. Explore Welsh parish website links on the Church in Wales site.
  4. Learn about Wales Anglican and Nonconformist church records in this article.
    FS—Anglican and Nonconformist Wales Church Records—5 pgs.

B. Explore Wales cemetery records.

  1. Learn about Wales cemetery records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Cemetery Records">
  2. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  3. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.



Goal 5: Learn about Wales emigration and immigration.


Choices

A. Learn about Wales emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Wales emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Welsh Welsh culture and immigration patterns.
  3. Learn about the Welsh in North America.
  4. Learn about the Welsh in Patagonia (Argentina).

B. Explore Welsh emigration resources.

  1. Explore the Immigrant Ship site. Select a Volume, then choose Scotland as the departure or arrival location.



Goal 6: Learn about Wales land, property, and probate records.


Choices

A. Learn about Wales land and property Records.

  1. Learn about Wales Land and property records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Land and Property Records

B. Learn about Wales probate records.

  1. Get an overview of Wales probate records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Land and Property Records
  2. Learn more about Wales probate records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Probate Records




Goal 7: Learn about Wales military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Wales military records.

  1. Learn about Wales military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Military Records



Goal 8: Learn about Wales maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Wales maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Wales maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Maps
  2. Learn about Wales gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Gazetteers
  3. Learn about Wales maps, place names, and gazetteers.
    FS—Wales Place Anmes,Maps and Gazetteers—5 pgs.

B. Explore Wales maps.

  1. Explore Welsh maps on the Genmaps site.
  2. Explore Welsh map resources on the Welsh Family History Archive site.
  3. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Welsh maps.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Wales maps.



Goal 9: Learn about Wales newspapers.


Choices

A. Learn about Wales newspapers.

  1. Learn about newspapers in Wales in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Wales newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Wales Newspapers—6:01

B. Explore Wales newspapers.

  1. Explore the National Library of Wales for newspaper resources.
  2. Search Wales newspapers in the Welsh Newspapers Online site.
  3. Search Wales newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.




Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Welsh research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  4. Explore links in the WalesGenWeb site.
  5. Explore surname distribution (a map where certain surnames are prevalent) in Wales.



Goal 11: Search records from Wales.


Choices

A. Use links to quickly search the most common record collections for Wales.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.

C. Explore GenealogyInTime for Welsh records.

  1. Explore the England and Wales page of the GenealogyInTime website. Record collections are listed and described in order from newest to oldest additions, including FamilySearch, Ancestry, and many other sources.



Goal 12: Get help with your Welsh research.


Choices

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Wales Genealogy page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Welsh Genealogy group on Facebook.
  3. Visit the British Isles Genealogy Research Community on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Wales.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Wales research.

  1. Get free help with your Wales research questions from members of the RootsChat forum.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Wales research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Welsh research mailing lists available on Cyndi's list.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Wales research.

C. Learn about Wales genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about Wales genealogy societies in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Wales Societies
  2. Explore Wales genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.





QUIKLinks

FamilySearch   All Wales   Catalog
England and Wales Census:   1911   1901  
1891   1881   1871   1861   1851   1841  
Births and Baptisms: 1541-1907
Anglesey Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Brecknockshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Caernarvonshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Cardiganshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Denbighshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Flintshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Glamorganshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Glamorganshire Electoral Registers: 1839-1925
Merionethshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Monmouthshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Montgomeryshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Pembrokeshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912
Radnorshire Parish Registers: 1538-1912


Ancestry    All Wales
Census Summary Books:  1911  
Probate Abstracts:  1544-1858  


Findmypast
Births & Baptisms:   1541-1907
Marriages:   1541-1900
Deaths & Burials:   1586-1885





Wales Counties

Anglesey     Breconshire     Caernarfonshire     Cardiganshire     Carmarthenshire     Denbighshire     Flintshire     Glamorgan    
Merionethshire     Monmouthshire     Montgomeryshire     Pembrokeshire    Radnorshire