Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales Genealogy

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Denbighshire Parishes

Ruthin is a town, community and ecclesiastical parish in Denbighshire, Wales. It is the county town and is located around a hill in the southern part of the Vale of Clwyd.

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


"RUTHIN (RHUDD-DDIN or RHUTHYN), A borough, a market and assize town, a parish, and the head of a poor-law union, in the hundred of Ruthin, county of Denbigh; 8 miles (S.E. by S.) from Denbigh, and 210 miles (N.W. by W.) from London, containing 3376 inhabitants. The Welch name of this place, "Castll Coch yn Gwernvor," has induced historians to conclued that there was an ancient Britich foortress here, prior to the time of Edward I, who is said to bhave been the founder of the present castle, which from the colour of the stone procured for that purpose, obtained the appellation of Rhudd-ddin, or "the red of brown fortress."... The church, dedicated to St. Peter, was made collegiate and parochial abotu the year 1310." (A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, 1833, Samuel Lewis)

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


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Church Records

Census Records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Genealogy From Periodicals

The Journal of Clwyd Family History Society HELACHAU Vol #103 pages 34-37 has an article From Ruthin to the Austrlian Gold Fields by Margaret Humphreys.  Robert Humphreys married Mary Ann Jones in 1851 at Ruthin.  They emigrated to Australia where they raised their family.  Illustrated with facsimilies of a birth certificate of their first child William and death certificates for Robert and Mary Ann.  Information 1851-1898 and in Dunolly, Victoria, Australia Family History Library call number 942.93 D25h Issue #103 December 2009 pages 34-37.

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