Finding an Irish Ancestor Using Welsh Records

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Notes on Immigration[edit | edit source]

The Irish emigration to Wales was quite easy. The ports in Ireland are not far from English and some Welsh ports. Trade was quite common between Ireland and England and Wales. Liverpool was a magnate for the Irish and Liverpool is not far from Wales. Work was available in England and Wales. Many English had property in Ireland. The Church of Ireland is the same religion as the Church of England and The Church in Wales. The British Military enlisted Irish. As a result, the Irish did settle in England and Wales. Since Ireland was part of the British Isles, it is difficult to trace the leaving of Irish emigrants to Wales through any passenger lists. It was easy to get on a ship and leave for England or Wales and not be traced.

Families who were Catholic may show up in Catholic records in Wales. Families with Irish Surnames can show up in many different types of records. See records below.

How to Use This Page[edit | edit source]

This page is designed to help you find information quickly. Links have been put in at the beginning of each source to help you find more in-depth information. These links will help you gain an understanding of the record type. On this page, the other information listed in these sources can help you locate information quickly and guide you to websites or where information can be found. The internet is becoming a great resource and help to to those pursuing genealogical research and Irish emigrants. The wiki and these sources should be a useful guide.

British Military[edit | edit source]

For more in-depth information on British Military for Ireland, try our wiki under British Military Records. Many Irish people have joined the Military and this Military covers many branches.

British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy

Records of hospitals: Chelsea, Greenwich, Kilmainham

Online records[edit | edit source]

The National Archives in England is where the British Military Records are located. They can be looked at and copied at their officeat Kew, Surrey, England. Their website also contains an index to many of their British Military Records and some can be downloaded for a fee through their catalog.TNA catalog The Class Reference WO stands for War Office and can be put into the catalog under Department or Series Code. This will separate out the British Military records from the other records.

  • has the following indexes for British Military: findmypast

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919
National Roll of the Great War 1914-1918
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918
Royal Naval Division 1914-1919
Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945
Armed forces births 1761-1994
Armed forces marriages 1818-1994
Armed forces deaths 1796-1994
Waterloo Medal Roll 1815
Other army lists/roll calls 1656-1888

  • has the following: Ancestry

Babergh Hundred Military Survey of 1522
British and German Deserters, Dischargees, and POW's Who May Have Remained in Canada and the USA, 1774-1783. Part One and Two
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
British Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1918
British Naval Biographical Dictionary, 1849
Charterhouse Register 1872-1910
Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy, 1660-1815
England, The National Roll of the Great War, 1914-1918
Great Britain Army War List, January 1893
Great Britain, Royal Naval Division Casualties of The Great War, 1914-1924
Indian Army Quarterly List for 1 January 1912
UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
UK, British Army Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
WWII United News Newsreels, 1942-1946

Books on the British Military: Try this link [[Tracing_Immigrants_Origin_Military_Records|In Search of the Fornlorn Hope]

Census[edit | edit source]

The census records can show Irish by listing their birthplace. All the census records from 1841-1911 will show a birthplace of Ireland or a specific place in Ireland that the person was born.

For more in-depth information on Census for Wales, try our wiki under Wales Census

The census of Wales is available on-line from 1841-1911 at these websites:

The census of Wales is available on-line for 1841, 1861 and 1871 at this website:


The census of Wales is available on-line for 1841 and 1861 at this website:

Family History Library[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library has the census of 1841-1901 on microfilm and for free access of the above websites with many indexes of the census 1841-1901. The Library also has some pre-1841 census records for Wales that will have Irish listed. look at at the FamilySearch Catalog

Church Records[edit | edit source]

For more in-depth information on Church Records for Wales, try our wiki under England Church Records: [[England_Church_Records|England Church Records]

Church records are plentiful in Wales from 1538 to the present. 1538 is when parish registers of the Church of England were required to be kept on parchment and the records in most parishes still exist. Other religions are known as Non-Conformists and good records have been kept. Since the higher percentage of the population of Irish were Catholic, the church records of the Catholic Church must be highly considered. The church records for all religions can encompass Births, Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages, Deaths, Burials, Monumental Inscriptions, Minutes from meetings, business records, tithing, rates, payments, attendance, members, church histories. Our listing here is to direct to Births, Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, and Burials under each religion shown.

How do you find the records and access them?

  • On-line
  • Record Office, Repository or Library
  • Original Church

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

For more in-depth information on Civil Registration for Wales, try our wiki under Wales Civil Registration

Civil registration for Wales is available is some way in an index form from 1 July 1837 to the present.

Civil registration is the recording of birth, marriage and deaths in a certificate form.

Certificates can be purchased from:

The cost depends on how quickly and if you have a reference to the certificate.

Indexes to the certificates can be viewed in many ways:

  • Free on-line index produced by volunteers: - This index is incomplete has over 230 million records

  • Other indexes for pay include: - This index is very complete and offers better coverage of indexes.  Easy quick searches for larger periods of time. - This index is complete. This index is lacking in larger period of time searches. Takes longer to search, but can be done. - The index is complete, but must be searched quarter by quarter for each year of interest.

Occupation[edit | edit source]

Occupations and finding work was necessary for the Irish to survive or have a better way of life. Many Irish came to Wales looking for work.

Probate[edit | edit source]

The wiki for Wales has been provided with links to probate records for each county. Search under the county and the probate records and this will lead to indexes and probate records of wills, administrations, act books, etc. This link takes you to the Wales page that show a map of all the counties of Wales.

All the Wales probate records pre-1858 can be seen at this website: National Library of Wales