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Tracing Your Welsh Ancestors (Paperback)

A Guide for Family Historians

Family History

By Beryl Evans
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781848843592
Published: 28th May 2015
Last Released: 28th January 2016

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Few previous publications have focused on Welsh family history, and none have provided a comprehensive guide to the genealogical information available and where to find it. That is why the publication of Beryl Evans's new Welsh family history handbook is such a significant event in the field. Her detailed, accessible, authoritative guide will be essential reading and reference for anyone who is eager to research ancestors from Wales.
She describes the key archival sources and shows how the development of new technology, the internet in particular, has made them so much easier to explore. Drawing on her long experience of family history work, she gives clear practical advice on how to start a research project, and she sketches in the outlines of Welsh history, Welsh surnames and place-names and the Welsh language.
But the main body of her book is devoted to identifying the variety of sources researchers can consult – the archive repositories, including The National Library of Wales, civil records of all kinds, the census, parish registers, wills, the records of churches, chapels, schools, businesses, tax offices and courts, and the wide range of printed records.
Beryl Evans's handbook will be a basic text for researchers of Welsh descent and for anyone who is keen to learn about Welsh history.

As featured in 'further reading' section for Broadcasting History feature

Your Family History magazine, May 2017

Part of 'further reading' in Mary Evans article on ancestors in Wales and the best tips and websites to find them

Family Tree, March 2017

Chosen as the 'Experts Choice' part of Jonathan Scott's 'best websites' article for tracing your Welsh ancestors

WDYTYA? Magazine, March 2017

This guide for general readers explains how to research Welsh family history
and find info on ancestors from Wales. The book overviews the steps of a
family history project and looks at Welsh surnames and place names. It then
identifies and describes major resources such as archives, civil records,
parish registers, church and school records, tax and court records, birth and
death records, and military records. Each chapter lists many web sites. The
book contains b&w photos of places, newspapers, and documents, plus 20 pages of
appendices listing contacts for many records offices, archives, and family
history centers in Wales.

Protoview

As mentioned in

Wrexham Leader

As featured in.

Your Family Tree Magazine

This detailed but easy to use guide will be essential reading for anyone anxious to research ancestors from Wales.

David Saunders

This is a detailed, accessible and authoritative guide to researching Welsh ancestors. ... A most useful volume.

Bristol & Avon Family History Society

' Few previous publications have focused on Welsh family history and none have provided a comprehensive guide to the genealogical information available and where to find it.'

'...essential reading and reference for anyone eager to research ancestors from Wales.'

Cambrian News

A comprehensive guide to following a paper trail that's more tricky than most out there.

Who Do You Think You Are?
 Beryl Evans

About Beryl Evans

Beryl Evans is Research Services Manager at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth and has been researching Welsh family history for thirty years. She is a member of the executive committees of the Federation of Family History Societies and the Association of Family History Societies of Wales, and she is chairman of the Cardiganshire Family History Society. She has contributed to television and radio programmes on family history and to magazines and journals in the field.

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