Bibliography of Emigrants from Wales and Welsh Immigrants Around the World

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Although ship passenger lists are one of the first records to search for immigration information there are other sources that may fill gaps in missing records or sparse information.
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Coldham, Peter Wilson. Emigrants in chains: a social history of forced emigration to the Americas of felons, destitute children, political and religious non-conformists, vagabonds, beggars and other undesirables, 1607-1776. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1992.

Brownstone, David M., Irene M. Franck, and Douglass L. Brownstone. Island of Hope, Island of Tears. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2000.

Green, Harry. “Some Neath Emigrants in the Late Nineteenth Century—Part One.” Neath Antiquarian Society Transactions (Neath,Wales) 1978, 95-106.

Herber, Mark D. Ancestral Trails: the complete guide to British genealogy and family history. Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton Publishing, Ltd. in association with the Society of Genealogists, c1997.

Howell, David W. The Rural Poor in Eighteenth-Century Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000. Jones, Aled, and Bill Jones. 2001.

Welsh reflections: Y Drych and America, 1851-2001. Llandysul, Ceredigion, Wales: Gomer, 2001.

Kershaw, Roger. Emigrants and Expats: A guide to sources on UK emigration and residents overseas. Public Record Office Readers’ Guide No. 20. Kew, Surrey: Public Record Office, 2002.

Peate, David. “Emigration.” Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research, 2d ed. edited by John & Sheila Rowlands. Birmingham, England: Federation of Family History Societies (Publications) Ltd, 1998.

Rowlands, John. “Were Those Ancestors Really English? A Reconsideration of Welsh Immigration in America.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly. 89 (2001):274-86.

Tyrrell, Jim. Ancestors—Guide to Discovery: Key Principles and Processes of Family History Research. Provo: Ancestral Quest, 2000.

Webber, Richard. The Welsh diaspora: Analysis of the geography of Welsh Names. [Cardiff?]: The Welsh Assembly. n.d. viewed online: 7 February 2010.


Ashton, E. T. The Welsh in the United States. Hove, Sussex: Caldra House, 1984.

Conway, Alan ed. The Welsh in America: Letters from the Immigrants. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1961.

Davies, H. M. ‘Very different springs of uneasiness: emigration from Wales to the United States of America during the 1790s’, Welsh History Review, 15 (1990-1): 368-98.

Dodd, A. H. ‘The Character of Welsh Emigration to the United States to 1840.’ Industrial South Wales 1750—1914 Essays in Welsh Economic History. London: Frank Cass & Co. LTD, 1969.

Gwynedd Family History Society. Emigrants from Gwynedd to the United States of America, 1795-1932 : a selected list. Gwynedd, Wales : Gwynedd Family History Society, 1990.

Hartmann, Edward George. Americans from Wales. Boston: Christopher Pub. House, 1967. [FHL# 973 F2ht]

Thomas, David. “Early Welsh settlement in the USA – the surname evidence.” Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (1987): 53-63.

Thomas, R. D., and R. D. Thomas. Hanes Cymry America (1872) = A history of the Welsh in America. Wymore, NE: Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project, 2008.

Van Vugt, William E. ‘Welsh Emigration to the U.S.A During the Mid-Nineteenth Century.’ Welsh History Review, 15 (1991): 545-61.

Williams, Daniel Jenkins. One hundred years of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism in America. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1937.

Williams, R. E. Glimpses of Wales and the Welsh. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh printing co, 1894.


Walley, Cherilyn A. The Welsh in Iowa. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2009.

Kansas Thomas, R. D., and Phillips G. Davies. "Welsh settlements in Kansas". Kansas Historical Quarterly. 43 (4) (1977).

New York

Bagg, Dr. Moses M. Pioneers of Utica. Utica: [?], 1877.

Ellis, David Maldwyn. ‘The Assimilation of the Welsh in Central New York’, Welsh History Review, 6 (1973):424-50.

Evans, Paul Demund. ‘The Welsh in Oneida County’ (M.A. thesis, Cornell Univeristy, 1914).

Jones, Pomroy. Annals and Recollections of Oneida County. Rome, N.Y.: [?], 1851. [?]. ‘The Welsh in Oneida County in New York State’, Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorian. (1961): 115-24.


Jones, Erasmus. ‘The Early Welsh Settlers of Oneida County, N.Y.’, The Cambrian, 9 (February 1889): 38-40.

Jones, Erasmus. ‘The Early Welsh Settlers of Oneida County, N.Y.’, The Cambrian, 9 (March 1889): 78-80.

Knowles, Anne Kelly. Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigration on Ohio’s Industrial Frontier. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Williams, Daniel Jenkins. ‘The Welsh of Columbus Ohio: A Study in Adaptation and Assimilation’, (Ph.D. thesis, Ohio State University, 1913).


Browning, Charles H. The Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania. 1912. Reprint, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company. 1967. [information on the Welsh from 1684-1820].

Dodd, A. H. 1958. ‘The background of the Welsh Quaker migration to Pennsylvania.’ Journal of the Merionethshire Historical and Record Society, 3 (1958).

Jones, William D. 1993. Wales in America: Scranton and the Welsh, 1860-1920. Studies in Welsh history, 8. Cardiff: University of Wales Press [with] University of Scranton Press, 1993.


Davies, D. Eirug. The Welsh of Tennessee. Tal-y-bont: Y Lolfa. 2012.


Jones, Bill and Huw Walters. ‘On the American Frontier: Amman Valley Emigrants in Texas, 1879-1880. The Carmarthenshire Antiquary. vol. 37 (2001).


Dennis, Ronald D. 1987. ‘The Welsh and the Gospel.’ Truth will prevail: The rise of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in the British isles, 1837-1987. Solihull: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1987 pp 236-67.

Dennis, Ronald D. The call of Zion: the story of the first Welsh Mormon emigration. Religious Studies Center specialized monograph series, v. 2. Provo, Utah : Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1987.

Eaton, George. “Letters From Latter Day Saints.” Neath Antiquarian Society Transactions (Neath,Wales) 1979, 113-119.

Hafen, LeRoy R., and Ann W. Hafen. 1960. “The Welsh Company.” Handcarts to Zion, the story of a unique western migration, 1856-1860, with contemporary journals, accounts, reports; and rosters of members of the ten handcart companies. The Far West and the Rockies historical series, 1820-1875, v. 14. Glendale, Calif: A. H. Clark Co, 1960.

Howells, Roscoe. From Amroth to Utah. Llandysul, Ceredigion: Gomer Press, 2001. Intellectual Reserve, Inc, and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mormon immigration index. [Salt Lake City, UT]: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2006.


Davies, Phillips G. The Welsh in Wisconsin. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1982.

Knowles, Anne Kelly. ‘Welsh settlement in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, 1840-1873’ (M.Sc., University of Wisconsin, 1989).


Williams, Glyn. “The structure and process of Welsh emigration to Patagonia”, Welsh History Review, 8 (June 1976).


Beddoe, Deirdre. Welsh Convict Women: a study of women transported from Wales to Australia, 1787-1852. Barry: S. Williams, 1979. FHL#994 W2bd

Holt, Constance Wall. Welsh Women: An Annotated Bibliography of Women in Wales and Women of Welsh Descent in America. Methuen, N. J. and London: The Scarecrow Press, 1993.

Lloyd, Lewis. Australians from Wales. Caernarfon: Gwynedd Archives and Museums Service & Gwynedd County Council, 1988.

Society of Australian Genealogists. Free Passengers to New South Wales 1826-1837 [contains nearly 36,000 names but no convicts].

Tyler, Robert. ‘Welsh settlement patterns in a nineteenth-century Australian gold town.’ Local Population Studies, 83 (2009).


Chamberlain, Muriel. ‘The Welsh in Canada: Historical Sources.’ Welsh History Review, 19 (1998): 265-88.

Thomas, Peter. Strangers from a Secret Land: The Voyages of the Brig Albion and Founding of the First Welsh Settlements in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986.

New Zealand

New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Victoria Outwards to New Zealand 1852-1923. 2009. [368,481 passenger records & 5040 ship records].

South Africa

Bull, Esmé. Aided immigration from Britain to South Africa 1857 to 1867. Genealogie publikasie, nr. 36. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1991.

Hockly, Harold Edward. The story of the British settlers of 1820 in South Africa: with illustrations, maps and appendixes. Cape Town [u.a.]: Juta, 1966.

Hughes, Heather. “How the Welsh became white in South Africa: Immigration, Identity and Economic Transformation from the 1860s to the 1930s.” Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. London: Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. New series, volume 7 (2001): 112-27.

Nash, M. D. The settler handbook: a new list of the 1820 settlers. Diep River: Chameleon Press, 1987.

Philip, Peter. British residents at the Cape 1795-1819. Cape Town: Learning Online, 2006.

Pugh, John A. The history of the Cape Cambrian Society 1882-1982. Cape Town : [s.n.], 1987. [667 pages, NLW# XHS1822.P97 (4to)]United States Emigration and Immigration.