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The country of Wales is located west of England. English is the predominant language spoken in Wales, with approximately 20 percent of the population able to speak Welsh.[1] The population in Wales is 2,903,085 as of the 2001 census.[2]

Learn how to start your Welsh genealogy.

The historic counties

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News and events


  • 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.


  • Cwrs Cymraeg This year's Welsh course, Cwrs Halen Ddaear, will be at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on July 22-29, 2012.
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Things you can do

Useful websites

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Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:


  1. " - Language." Welsh Government, accessed Nov. 30, 2011,
  2. United Kingdom. Office for National Statistics, "Census 2001: First results On population for Wales," 2002.


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