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[[United Kingdom]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Wales Genealogy|Wales]]
__NOTOC__ [[Image:Y ddraig goch.png|thumb|150px]] The country of Wales is located in the western part of Britain and is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom.
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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.<br>
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Guide to '''Wales ancestry, family history, and genealogy''': birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
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__NOTOC__[[Image:{{CYMyddraiggoch}}]]'''Wales''' is one of the four constituent countries of the [[United Kingdom]] (together with [[England Genealogy|England]], [[Scotland Genealogy|Scotland]] and [[Northern Ireland Genealogy|Northern Ireland]]) 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.  
  
 
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>  
 
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>  
  
The population in Wales is 2,903,085 as of the 2001 census.<ref>United Kingdom. Office for National Statistics, "Census 2001: First results On population for Wales," 2002.</ref>
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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.  
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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.  
  
 
Learn how to [[Start your Welsh genealogy|start your Welsh genealogy]].  
 
Learn how to [[Start your Welsh genealogy|start your Welsh genealogy]].  
  
 
== The historic counties  ==
 
== The historic counties  ==
 
{{Wales 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.  
 
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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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]  
 
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| [[County of Powys|Powys]]<br>Mid Glamorgan<br>Gwent  
 
| [[County of Powys|Powys]]<br>Mid Glamorgan<br>Gwent  
 
| [[County of Powys|Powys]]<br>''Rhondda Cynon Taf''<br>''Monmouthshire''
 
| [[County of Powys|Powys]]<br>''Rhondda Cynon Taf''<br>''Monmouthshire''
 
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| [[Caernarfonshire Genealogy|Caernarfonshire]]  
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]  
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]  
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>''[[County Borough of Conwy|Conwy]]''
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>''[[County Borough of Conwy|Conwy]]''
 
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| Ceredigion
 
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| Dyfed  
 
| Dyfed  
| [[Carmarthenshire|Carmarthenshire]]<br>''Pembrokeshire''
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| [[Carmarthenshire Genealogy|Carmarthenshire]]<br>''Pembrokeshire''
 
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| [[County of Clwyd|Clwyd]]<br>[[County of Powys|''Powys'']]  
 
| [[County of Clwyd|Clwyd]]<br>[[County of Powys|''Powys'']]  
| [[Denbighshire|Denbighshire]]<br>[[Flintshire|Flintshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham|Wrexham]]<br>[[County Borough of Conwy|Conwy]]
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| [[County of Clwyd|Clwyd]]  
 
| [[County of Clwyd|Clwyd]]  
| [[Flintshire|Flintshire]]<br>[[Denbighshire|Denbighshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham|Wrexham]]
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| [[Flintshire Genealogy|Flintshire]]<br>[[Denbighshire Genealogy|Denbighshire]]<br>[[County Borough of Wrexham|Wrexham]]
 
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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
 
| 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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| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>[[County of Clwyd|''Clwyd'']]  
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>[[County of Clwyd|''Clwyd'']]  
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>[[Denbighshire|''Denbighshire'']]
 
| [[County of Gwynedd|Gwynedd]]<br>[[Denbighshire|''Denbighshire'']]
 
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| Gwent<br>''Mid Glamorgan''<br>''South Glamorgan''
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| [[County of Mid Glamorgan|Mid Glamorgan]]''<br>''[[County of South Glamorgan|South Glamorgan]]
| [[Monmouthshire|Monmouthshire]]<br>Newport<br>Blaenau Gwent<br>Islwyn<br>Torfaen<br>Caerphilly
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| [[Monmouthshire Genealogy|Monmouthshire]]<br>Newport<br>Blaenau Gwent<br>Islwyn<br>Torfaen<br>Caerphilly
 
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| [[County of Powys|Powys]]  
 
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| Dyfed  
 
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| [[County of Powys|Powys]]  
 
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== Featured resources  ==
 
== Featured resources  ==
  
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*'''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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*'''FamilySearch:''' [[Welsh Records Available Through FamilySearch|Welsh Records]]  
 
*'''FamilySearch:''' [[Welsh Records Available Through FamilySearch|Welsh Records]]  
 
*'''Article:''' [[Wales Missing Census Records]]  
 
*'''Article:''' [[Wales Missing Census Records]]  
*'''Research Places:''' [[Aberkenfig Resource Centre]] &amp; [[Clwyd Family History Society Resource Centre|Cefn Mawr Resource Centre]]  
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*'''Research Places:''' [[Aberkenfig Resource Centre]] [[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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'''News:'''  
 
'''News:'''  
  
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*[http://www.cymru1900wales.org/ Cymru1900Wales] is a project to create the most complete list of historic places in Wales.
 
*Records recently deposited for Bethania Chapel, Maesteg 1861-2005 at the [http://www.glamro.gov.uk/index.htm Glamorgan Record Office].  
 
*Records recently deposited for Bethania Chapel, Maesteg 1861-2005 at the [http://www.glamro.gov.uk/index.htm Glamorgan Record Office].  
 
*Pre [http://cat.llgc.org.uk/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon?skin=profeb&lng=en 1858 Welsh Probate] indexes and free document images are now online.  
 
*Pre [http://cat.llgc.org.uk/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon?skin=profeb&lng=en 1858 Welsh Probate] indexes and free document images are now online.  
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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:'''
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'''Events:'''  
  
*'''[http://www.exodus2013.co.uk/ 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.
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*The [http://www.isbgfh.org/ International Society for British Genealogy and Family History] will offer a week long course on Welsh family history 20-24 October 2014.
  
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== Things you can do  ==
 
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*[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://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukwales2/hicks3a.html#graveyard; Welsh Graveyard]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukwales2/hicks3a.html#graveyard; Welsh Graveyard]  
*[http://welshmormonhistory.org/ Welsh Mormon History]  
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*[http://welshmormon.byu.edu/Default.aspx Welsh Mormon History]  
*[http://net.lib.byu.edu/fslab/researchoutlines/Europe/Wales.pdf BYU Research Outline for Wales]
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/Europe/Wales.pdf BYU Research Outline for Wales]
  
more '''[[Wales Websites|Wales Websites]]'''<br>
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more '''[[Wales Websites|Wales Websites]]'''<br>  
  
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Y Ddraig Goch - the national flag of Wales
Wales is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (together with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) 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 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 WMC.jpg

Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:

News and events

News:

  • Cymru1900Wales is a project to create the most complete list of historic places in Wales.
  • 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:

More events details ...

Things you can do

Useful websites

more Wales Websites

Help Wanted

Wiki Volunteers Wanted

To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki see Help wanted on the Wales pages

For further assistance, contact the moderator for Wales.

References

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


 

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