Wales Early Manuscript and Printed Pedigrees
These records normally date before 1800. Information is often included for years not covered by parish church records.
These records contain;
- 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
- Medieval Families Welsh Project
- 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.
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.