Wales Births and Baptisms (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues
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Question #1: Are there any suggestions for searching these records?
Answer #1: Early Welsh records often contained only a personal name, not a surname. The use of patronymics, such as "Thomas son of John" was used until surnames came into common usage. To learn more about the use of patronymics, view the wiki article "Wales names, personal."
Search tips for finding records on FamilySearch.org which only contain first names
To find names of children for which only a first name was recorded, and for which you know the parents' names, it is best to search for relationships.
From any search screen, click onto Search by Relationship. Then click Parents to open the search boxes. Fill in the names of the parents, and click the Search button to view results for children with the same parents.
Question #2: In Batch C09866-1 there seem to be a number of cases where the given name has been indexed as the surname. Are the surnames correct?
Answer #2: It appears that, in some cases, the indexing erroneously used the father's given name as the surname for the child. Those instances can be verified by looking at the father's names.
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