Genealogy Links Page

Wales Online  Resources; a selection


GENUKI:  Wales
Place to start for finding what records may exist and where, but much is not listed.

Wales Family History Societies
Worth joining if you have an interest in an area.  Often have mailing lists

RootsWeb, mailing lists
Local information and can post questions

Family Search
Excellent learning information

Family Search Research Wiki:  Wales

Free BMD
Best site for vital records search, from 1837

Old Maps
Valuable for “seeing” the land and place names.  Looking is free, expensive to purchase

The National Library of Wales
Helps to see what is available for research;  Digital Mirror   searchable online databases, notably, wills with images.

The National Archives
Documents online to view

ARCHON Directory
Links to archives by location and to their websites if they have one.

Archives Wales

Genealogical search engine [note, currently does not include USGenWeb and maybe other sites.  Does include and]

BBC Welsh Family History
A variety of topics to explore

Google Translate
Instant translation plus “listen” feature

Learning Welsh

BBC Learn Welsh
Good dictionary


Especially strong with military and records of the last 150 years.  Best place for census research.
The best known website.

An example:
Carmarthenshire Family History Society

A Few Comments of Welsh Research:

Patronymics were used into the mid 1800s Descriptive nicknames were common Naming pattern:  1st son after paternal grandfather, 2nd son after maternal grandfather, 1st daughter after maternal grandmother, 2nd daughter after paternal grandmother. Not Consistant. Mutations of words where the first latter changes or disappears Census records, ¾ of the people in a parish will be related Searching censuses, always include a given name search About ¾ of the people didn’t belong to the parish church, although they may baptize there. Welsh names were often recorded by English peoples leading to interesting records


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