Wales, Court and Miscellaneous Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Wales Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911 .
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Record Description
Record Type Court and Miscellaneous
Collection years 1542-1911
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales

What is in the Collection?

This collection contains Court Records and Marriage Bonds from the National Library of Wales. These records are part of a set of gateway records needed to bridge from the census & civil registration era back to the earlier period when land and property records are required for pre 1841 research. Images are being added as they become available. The collection covers the years 1542 to 1911.

Collection Contents

Court records and marriage bonds may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of event
  • Names of spouse or family members
  • Residence
  • Place of event

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search in this collection, it would be helpful to know the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • County of event
  • Approximate year of event

Searching the Collection

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate “Record Type”
⇒Select the appropriate “Locality, Date, Volume” which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

What do I do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the place and names to locate census records for the time period. Census records are taken every ten years. The first to list names was in 1841. For additional information on censuses of wales see the wiki article Wales Census.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

"Wales Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911." Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Wales Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911.