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Historic DenbighshireFlintshire, Cheshire (England) and Shropshire (England), to the south by Montgomeryshire and Merionethshire, and to the west by Caernarfonshire.
The county was created following the Act of Union of 1535, between Wales and England, and was formed from the cantrefi (hundreds) of Rhos; Rhufoniog; Dyffryn Clwyd; Iâl; Nanheudwy; Cynllaith and the Maelor Gymraeg which were formerly in the Welsh kingdoms of Gwynedd and Powys Fadog.
The administrative county of Denbighshire, with an elected county council, was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888. The county was governed by an elected county council, who took over the functions of the Quarter Sessions courts. The county town was Ruthin and other main towns were Wrexham and Denbigh.
Motto: Duw A Digon (English: With God, enough).
Chapman Code: DEN
Under the Local Government Act 1972, the county and administrative county of Denbighshire were abolished, for both local government and ceremonial purposes, on April 1, 1974. Most of Denbighshire becoming part of the newly formed county of Clwyd covering the whole of north-east Wales. However, the urban district of Llanrwst and five rural parishes, became part of the newly formed county of Gwynedd which covered the whole of north-west Wales.
Following further local government reorganisation, the county of Clwyd was abolished on April 1, 1996 and the present-day county of Denbighshire was created. This covers a substantially different area from the historic county of Denbighshire however. The eastern part of the ancient county of Denbighshire, together with the Maelor exclave of the ancient county of Flintshire, became the newly formed County Borough of Wrexham.
- Denbighshire Parish Registers available on-line or in print.
- Denbighshire Burial Records available in print.
- Denbighshire Nonconformist Records.
- Denbighshire Archives. Details of archives covering the historic county.
- Denbighshire Register Offices. Details of offices holding birth, marriage and death record from the historic county.
- Clwyd Family History Society Resource Centre in Cefn Mawr, Wrexham.
- The Collieries in Denbighshire. Information on the collieries in the Denbighshire coalfield.
- The Gresford Disaster. The disaster which occurred in 1934 at Gresford colliery.
- Denbighshire Poor Law Unions
- Genealogy from Periodicals
- Census from Periodicals
- Military, British Army, Naval from Periodicals
- Occupations from Periodicals
- The North Wales BMD. A searchable index of births marriages and deaths within the county of Denbighshire from 1837 to around 1950.
- Nonconformist Records. Use a spreadsheet list of registers and alternate records.
- Wrexham Cemetery burial records. On-line search for burials.
- Wrexham Open Church Network Graveyard Search. Currently available for Marchwiel (St Marcella's Church); Holt (St Chad's Church) and Ruabon (St Mary's Church)
- Parish: an area of varying size under the responsibility of a clergyman of the Church of England/Church in Wales
- Hundred: an administrative subdivision of a county, usually a group of two or more parishes
- Sub-district: comprised of more than one civil parish
- Registration District
- Poor Law Union
See a list of the parishes in Denbighshire with links to their pages.
- NorthWalesBMD indexes 1837-1950
- Clwyd Family History Society (Web site)
- Clwyd Family History Society (Facebook page)
Famous people from Denbighshire
- Sir Henry Morton Stanley. Born in the town of Denbigh on January 28, 1841 as John Rowlands. He spent some of his early life in the workhouse at St Asaph. After emigrating to America he became a journalist and explorer. He died on London, England on May 10, 1904.
- John Godfrey Parry-Thomas. Born in Wrexham on April 6, 1884, the son of a curate. He became an engineer and motor-racing driver. He was killed at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire in March 3, 1927 while attempting to break the world land speed record in his car, Babs. He is buried in Byfleet, Surrey, England.
- George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem. Born in the family estate at Acton Hall, Wrexham on May 15, 1645. He later became a High Court judge and presided over the Bloody Assizes at which harsh sentences were handed out to the Duke of Monmouth's followers at Monmouth's Rebellion, after which he became infamous as The Hanging Judge. Having rising to the position of Lord Chancellor he later fell out-of-favour and died while in custody in the Tower of London, England, on April 18, 1689.
- Elihu Yale. Born on April 5, 1649, in Boston, Massachusetts, Yale's ancestry can be traced back to the family estate at Plas yn Iâl near the village of Llandegla. The name Yale is the English spelling of the Welsh place name, Iâl. Yale was a wealthy businessman and became the first benefactor and namesake of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He died in London, England on July 8, 1721, and is buried in the churchyard of the parish church of St. Giles in Wrexham.
- Thomas, Roland. A Family Circle on the Border. The author shows his family on a circular chart for 6 generations. Surnames are Thomas, Rolant, Evans, Price, Howel, Owen, Tudor, Roberts, Williams, Edwards, Sides, Rattenbury, Parry, Jones and Hughes. Article covers years 1725-1958, to be found in Hel Achau, vol.2. winter,1980, pages 13-14. Family History Library Ref. 942.93 D25h
- Lloyd, Philip E. . Great Grandfather Little Book. The family history of William Lloyd, covering years 1794-1869, in the parish of Colwyn, Denbigh County. Article in Periodical called Hel Achau, no. 7, Aug, 1982, pages 3-7.Family History Library Ref. 942.93 D25h
- Chadwick, Peter. Early 18th Century Inhabitants of Holt. A list of inhabitants of Holt, 1705, but appears to be head of household only. Article in periodical called Hel Achau, no. 9, 1983, pages 7-9. Family History Library Ref. 972.93 D25.
- Davies, Alex. From a Welsh Bible. From a Welsh Bible, two family trees have been constructed; one for Thomas Hughes 1739-1803 and his wife Mary Percy 1752-1829; and one for Edward Roberts of Cilnant and his wife Mary Jones of Tynrhyd. Article covers years 1739-1889, in Hel Achau, #24, Spring 1988, page 16. Family History Library Ref. 943.93 D25h
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