Wales study group
In January 2008 a group of wiki users started meeting to learn ways to approach research on Welsh ancestors. The group meets every two weeks on Monday at 12 AM mountain daylight time (MDT). We started including broadcasts of the meeting via Skype over the internet. Blaine Crump has joined us from Malad Idaho on two occasions using Skype.
We will begin to make these meetings available by a different method in the near future and will add details here when ready.
Topics planned and items discussed. Please add items for future discussion.
17 March 2008
Wiki demo: looked at the new Portal:Wales features
Action items: information should be added for the Utah Welsh Society, Mormon History Association conference, and the bug causing the right side portal boxes to drop when viewed in Internet Explorer 6 needs to be fixed. Statiscits need to be fleshed out.
- Ron Dennis is taking one last tour to Wales this year. Tom Taylor will be going with him and oprerating the tour in the future.
- The Mormon History Association conference in Sacramento California this year will include a lecture about Wales by Ron Dennis.
- The Utah Welsh Society was mentioned and should be described in the wiki.
- When calling overseas you can use pennytalk.com to cut costs.
- Joeseph Soderberg asked about statistical probability as a tool in tracing Welsh ancestors. This topic really could be covered in a full article in the wiki. The bare minimum for a researcher is to know the population of the parish where you are researching for before, during and after the time of your search. Topographical dictionaries and gazetteers are an excellent source. Be sure to include details from The Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel Lewis and Topographical Dictionary of the Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle.
- Susan Woods mentioned in an email recently that a teacher from the University of Cardiff is visiting Provo to help Tom Taylor with the Welsh language course at Brigham Young University (BYU).
- Strategies for alternate census searches on Ancestry was a hot topic.
31 March 2008
What did you learn from the last discussion
Demonstrate material added to the wiki