Wales Early Manuscript and Printed Pedigrees

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These records normally date before 1800. Information is often included for years not covered by parish church records.


These records contain;

  • names
  • parents names
  • name of spouse
  • place of residence (farm or village) and sometimes place of origin
  • occupation or status such as gentleman or esquire

Before using this record, know this

  • family name
  • area where the family lived (this may be as general as the county but the more specific the better)

Before using this record, search this

  • Welsh Pedigree Database
  • Church records

Where to find the original records

Manuscripts may be found at an archive or library listed below. Some of the National Library of Wales pedigrees are on microfilm.

  • National Library of Wales
  • The British Library
  • College of Arms

How to search the record

Normally you will need to search the pedigrees by name. There are a few that have partial indexes to aid in the search.

Record sample

Manuscript Pedigree.jpg Griffith of Ynys Dderw


  • An index of place-names may be more useful than a name index.
  • Individuals may be listed in different portions of the manuscript, especially daughters. If there is no complete index be sure to search document thoroughly.
  • Spellings may not match with what you are familiar with. Look at the context to help decide if the person or family fits in with what you already know.
  • A family or individual may be recorded in more than one manuscript
  • Wives and daughters may not be named but referred to as "daughter of..."

What to do next

  • Compare what you find with details already known about the person or family.
  • Search probate records.
  • Search title deeds to verify what has been learned.