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Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales Genealogy

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Rhyl (Welsh: Y Rhyl) is a seaside town, community and ecclesiastical parish in Flintshire, Wales.

Before 1974 the village was in the historic county of Flintshire and, between 1874 and 1996 in the County of Clwyd. In 1996 it became part of the modern county of Denbighshire.

The town is divided into the four ecclesiastical parishes of:

  • Holy Trinity
  • St. Thomas
  • St. John
  • St. Ann

History[edit | edit source]

"RHYL, a township in that part of the parish of Rhuddlan which is in the hundred of Prestatyn, count of Flint, 2 miles (N.N.W.) from the town of Rhuddlan. ...This place, which is situated at the northern extremity of the parish, and at the lower end of the fertile Valley of Clwyd, previously to the year 1820, consisted only of a few scattered dwellings; but since that time, from the pleasantness of its situation on the coast of the Irish sea, along the margin of which some fine smooth and firm sands here extend for several miles, it has become a place of favourite resort for sea-bathing." (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833, Samuel Lewis)

For more information on Rhyl see:

Administration[edit | edit source]

Years County
before 31 March 1974 Flintshire
1 April 1974 - 31 March 1996 Clwyd
from 1 April 1996 Denbighshire

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. To view these census images online, they are available through a number of websites for a fee ($) or free.

  • FamilySearch now has all of the British Censuses available.
  • findmypast ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
  • Ancestry.co.uk ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
  • The Genealogist.co.uk ($) but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
  • FreeCen is a UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.



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