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*[[Wales Biography|Biography]]  
 
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*[[Wales Societies|Societies]]  
 
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__NOTOC__ [[Image:Y ddraig goch.png|thumb|150px]] From the earliest times the social order in Wales, as elsewhere, was bound up with the division and occupation of the land. The laws of the medieval king Hywel Dda depict a semi-nomadic people with strong tribal affinities, practicing a pastoral economy. From the eleventh century the numerous Welsh princes attempted to [[Life and Traditions in Rural Wales|'''Read more'''...]]<br>  
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__NOTOC__[[Image:Y ddraig goch.png|thumb|150px|Y ddraig goch]] Wales is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom and is located in the western part of Britain.
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From its original Celtic origins, a distinct Welsh national identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century.  
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The country is bilingual, with both Welsh and English being official languages. However, English is the predominant language spoken, with approximately 20 percent of the population able to speak Welsh.<ref>"Wales.com - Language." Welsh Government, accessed Nov. 30, 2011, http://www.wales.com/en/content/cms/English/About_Wales/Language/Language.aspx.</ref>  
  
== Beginners' corner  ==
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The population in Wales was estimated to be 3,006,400 from the 2011 census.
  
What do you want to learn about your ancestor?
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The city of Cardiff, on the south coast, is the country's capital, seat of government and chief commercial centre. It has a population of around 350,000.
  
[[Choose a date range for birth searches in Wales|'''Birth''']]&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; [[Choose a date range for a marriage search in Wales|'''Marriage''']] &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; [[Choose a date range for a death or burial search in Wales|'''Death or burial''']]  
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Learn how to [[Start your Welsh genealogy|start your Welsh genealogy]].
  
 
== The historic counties  ==
 
== The historic counties  ==
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{{Wales historic counties}}  
 
{{Wales historic counties}}  
  
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Most researchers will be researching with the context of these historic counties. Wales, like many other countries, has seen much reorganisation over time and it may be necessary to search in several counties.
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| [[Anglesey|Anglesey]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]
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| [[Breconshire|Breconshire]]
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| [[County of Powys|Powys]]<br>Mid Glamorgan<br>Gwent
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| [[County of Powys|Powys]]<br>''Rhondda Cynon Taf''<br>''Monmouthshire''
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| [[Caernarfonshire|Caernarfonshire]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>''[[County Borough of Conwy|Conwy]]''
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| [[Cardiganshire|Cardiganshire]]
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| [[Carmarthenshire|Carmarthenshire]]<br>''Pembrokeshire''
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| [[Denbighshire|Denbighshire]]
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| [[County of Clwyd|Clwyd]]<br>[[County of Powys|''Powys'']]
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| [[Denbighshire|Denbighshire]]<br>[[Flintshire|Flintshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham|Wrexham]]<br>[[County Borough of Conwy|Conwy]]
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| [[Flintshire|Flintshire]]
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| [[County of Clwyd|Clwyd]]
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| [[Flintshire|Flintshire]]<br>[[Denbighshire|Denbighshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham|Wrexham]]
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| [[Glamorgan|Glamorgan]]
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| Mid Glamorgan<br><br><br><br>South Glamorgan<br><br>West Glamorgan
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| Bridgend<br>Merthyr Tydfil<br>Rhondda Cynon Taf<br>Caerphilly<br>Cardiff<br>Vale of Glamorgan<br>Swansea<br>Neath Port Talbot
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| [[Merionethshire|Merionethshire]]
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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>[[County of Clwyd|''Clwyd'']]
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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>[[Denbighshire|''Denbighshire'']]
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| [[Monmouthshire|Monmouthshire]]
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| Gwent<br>''Mid Glamorgan''<br>''South Glamorgan''
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| [[Monmouthshire|Monmouthshire]]<br>Newport<br>Blaenau Gwent<br>Islwyn<br>Torfaen<br>Caerphilly
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See the relevant county pages for further information.
  
== Featured content ==
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== Featured resources ==
  
[[Image:Cardiff Bay WMC.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]  
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[[Image:Cardiff Bay WMC.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Cardiff Bay]]  
  
 
*'''Emigration:''' [[Find a Welsh Emigrant or Immigrant from Wales Record Selection Guide|Record Selection Guide]]  
 
*'''Emigration:''' [[Find a Welsh Emigrant or Immigrant from Wales Record Selection Guide|Record Selection Guide]]  
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*'''Research Places:''' [[Aberkenfig Resource Centre]] &amp; [[Clwyd Family History Society Resource Centre|Cefn Mawr Resource Centre]]  
 
*'''Research Places:''' [[Aberkenfig Resource Centre]] &amp; [[Clwyd Family History Society Resource Centre|Cefn Mawr Resource Centre]]  
 
*'''National Library of Wales:''' [[National Library of Wales Manuscript Pedigrees on Microfilm|Manuscript Pedigrees]]
 
*'''National Library of Wales:''' [[National Library of Wales Manuscript Pedigrees on Microfilm|Manuscript Pedigrees]]
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'''Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:'''
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*[[England and Wales Nonconformist Index for RG 4-8 (Record Groups 4-8) (FamilySearch Historical Records)|England and Wales Nonconformist Index for RG 4-8 (Record Groups 4-8) (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wales Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wales Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wales Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wales Death and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wales Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wales Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wales Glamorgan Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wales Glamorgan Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Wales, Probate Abstracts (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Wales, Probate Abstracts (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== News and events  ==
 
== News and events  ==
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*The [http://www.1911census.co.uk/ '''1911 census'''] is now available online for all of Wales. About 13% of the schedules are printed and filled out in Welsh.  
 
*The [http://www.1911census.co.uk/ '''1911 census'''] is now available online for all of Wales. About 13% of the schedules are printed and filled out in Welsh.  
 
*Ordnance Survey Maps with registration district boundaries free to [http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/tna1.asp search online]  
 
*Ordnance Survey Maps with registration district boundaries free to [http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/tna1.asp search online]  
*Coleg Llandrillo - Abergele&nbsp;offers a course&nbsp;for&nbsp;beginning family history research for&nbsp;;Deaf People. BBC, See, Hear is looking at doing a special documentary feature on the class.&nbsp;More information to follow.
 
*[http://www.llandrillo.ac.uk/abergele/default.htm Coleg Llandrillo - Abergele] has signed a contract with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to host a Family History Library Center.
 
 
*[http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=2 The National Library of Wales] at Aberystwyth has begun a £20 million project to make large parts of its collection available on-line. The project will take 10 years to complete and will involve the digitising of millions of documents, newspapers and books.  
 
*[http://www.llgc.org.uk/index.php?id=2 The National Library of Wales] at Aberystwyth has begun a £20 million project to make large parts of its collection available on-line. The project will take 10 years to complete and will involve the digitising of millions of documents, newspapers and books.  
 
*The latest national [[Wales Census|Census]] in Wales took place on 27 March, 2011.  
 
*The latest national [[Wales Census|Census]] in Wales took place on 27 March, 2011.  
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*''FamilySearch'' now has [[Welsh parish registers on microfilm|'''Welsh parish registers on microfilm''']].
 
*''FamilySearch'' now has [[Welsh parish registers on microfilm|'''Welsh parish registers on microfilm''']].
  
'''Events:'''<br>
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'''Events:'''
  
*[http://www.madog.org '''Cwrs Cymraeg'''] This year's Welsh course, Cwrs Cymraeg Dyffryn Shenandoah, will be at Shenandoah University in Virginia on July 17-24, 2011.
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*'''[http://www.exodus2013.co.uk/ Exodus Movement of the People]&nbsp;'''&nbsp;The Halstead Trust&nbsp;is sponsoring a conference on the topic of migration to, from and within the British Isles&nbsp;on&nbsp;6-8 September&nbsp;2013.
  
 
:[[Wales Events|'''More events &amp; details''' ...]]
 
:[[Wales Events|'''More events &amp; details''' ...]]
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== Things you can do  ==
 
== Things you can do  ==
  
*Join a Community of Wales researchers! Ask questions, help others, and share your research successes on [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wales-Genealogy-Research-Community/224401064237715?ref=ts#!/pages/Wales-Genealogy-Research-Community/224401064237715?sk=wall Facebook] and/or [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Join_a_Skype_Research_Community Skype]. NEW!  
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*Join a Community of Wales researchers! Ask questions, help others, and share your research successes on [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wales-Genealogy-Research-Community/224401064237715?ref=ts#!/pages/Wales-Genealogy-Research-Community/224401064237715?sk=wall Facebook] and/or [[Join a Skype Research Community|Skype]]. NEW!  
 
*[[Plan a Research Trip to Wales|Plan Your Research Trip to Wales]]  
 
*[[Plan a Research Trip to Wales|Plan Your Research Trip to Wales]]  
 
*Take one of many [[Welsh Language Courses|Welsh Language Courses]]
 
*Take one of many [[Welsh Language Courses|Welsh Language Courses]]
  
== Useful websites  ==
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== &nbsp;&nbsp;Useful websites  ==
  
 
*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/themes/family.shtml BBC Wales - Family History]  
 
*[http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/themes/family.shtml BBC Wales - Family History]  
 
*[http://homepage.ntlworld.com/geogdata/ngw/home.htm National Gazetteer of Wales]  
 
*[http://homepage.ntlworld.com/geogdata/ngw/home.htm National Gazetteer of Wales]  
*[http://home.clara.net/tirbach/hicks3a.html#graveyard Graveyard Welsh]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukwales2/hicks3a.html#graveyard; Welsh Graveyard]  
 
*[http://welshmormonhistory.org/ Welsh Mormon History]  
 
*[http://welshmormonhistory.org/ Welsh Mormon History]  
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Europe/Wales.pdf BYU Research Outline for Wales]
 
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Europe/Wales.pdf BYU Research Outline for Wales]
  
more '''[[Wales Websites|Wales Websites]]'''  
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more '''[[Wales Websites|Wales Websites]]'''<br>
  
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections ===
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== References  ==
  
Online collections containing these records are located in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list &nbsp;FamilySearch.org.]
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[[Wales_Births_and_Baptisms_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Wales Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
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Y ddraig goch
Wales is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom and is located in the western part of Britain.

From its original Celtic origins, a distinct Welsh national identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century.

The country is bilingual, with both Welsh and English being official languages. However, English is the predominant language spoken, with approximately 20 percent of the population able to speak Welsh.[1]

The population in Wales was estimated to be 3,006,400 from the 2011 census.

The city of Cardiff, on the south coast, is the country's capital, seat of government and chief commercial centre. It has a population of around 350,000.

Learn how to start your Welsh genealogy.

The historic counties




Most researchers will be researching with the context of these historic counties. Wales, like many other countries, has seen much reorganisation over time and it may be necessary to search in several counties.

pre 1974 1974-1996 post 1996
Anglesey Gwynedd Anglesey
Breconshire Powys
Mid Glamorgan
Gwent
Powys
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Monmouthshire
Caernarfonshire Gwynedd Gwynedd
Conwy
Cardiganshire Dyfed Ceredigion
Carmarthenshire Dyfed Carmarthenshire
Pembrokeshire
Denbighshire Clwyd
Powys
Denbighshire
Flintshire
Wrexham
Conwy
Flintshire Clwyd Flintshire
Denbighshire
Wrexham
Glamorgan Mid Glamorgan



South Glamorgan

West Glamorgan
Bridgend
Merthyr Tydfil
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Caerphilly
Cardiff
Vale of Glamorgan
Swansea
Neath Port Talbot
Merionethshire Gwynedd
Clwyd
Gwynedd
Denbighshire
Monmouthshire Gwent
Mid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan
Monmouthshire
Newport
Blaenau Gwent
Islwyn
Torfaen
Caerphilly
Montgomeryshire Powys Powys
Pembrokeshire Dyfed Pembrokeshire
Radnorshire Powys Powys

See the relevant county pages for further information.

Featured resources

Cardiff Bay

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

News and events

News:

  • Records recently deposited for Bethania Chapel, Maesteg 1861-2005 at the Glamorgan Record Office.
  • Pre 1858 Welsh Probate indexes and free document images are now online.
  • The 1911 census is now available online for all of Wales. About 13% of the schedules are printed and filled out in Welsh.
  • Ordnance Survey Maps with registration district boundaries free to search online
  • The National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth has begun a £20 million project to make large parts of its collection available on-line. The project will take 10 years to complete and will involve the digitising of millions of documents, newspapers and books.
  • The latest national Census in Wales took place on 27 March, 2011.
  • BBC Wales have relaunched their website on Welsh Family History
  • FamilySearch now has Welsh parish registers on microfilm.

Events:

  • Exodus Movement of the People  The Halstead Trust is sponsoring a conference on the topic of migration to, from and within the British Isles on 6-8 September 2013.
More events & details ...

Things you can do

  Useful websites

more Wales Websites

References

  1. "Wales.com - Language." Welsh Government, accessed Nov. 30, 2011, http://www.wales.com/en/content/cms/English/About_Wales/Language/Language.aspx.