Beginner: Wales

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Beginning Genealogy Research in Wales

More major record sets for Wales are available to search online than most countries.

What information do you want to learn about your ancestor?

Beginners birth button icon.jpg
Beginners marriage button icon.jpg
Beginners death button icon.jpg
Birth Marriage Death & burial


Research Tips Success with Welsh census, birth, marriage and death records depends on a few key points.

  • Many surnames in Wales are quite common. Extra reference points improve search options and success.
  • Find your ancestor in each available census.
  • Use indexes, but never trust the index. Always look at the original image or record to verify accuracy and see information not indexed.
  • Where a person lived can be a great help to group individuals into their correct families.
  • Dates in a person's life will point to various options for learning more about them. Even approximate dates for birth, marriage and death can help.
  • Find at least two documents from independent sources to verify what you learn.
  • Use maps - doing genealogy without a map is like painting with your eyes shut.