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For research in England and Wales there is much overlap in the types of records used, with idiosyncratic differences depending upon the locality. For the 2020 Virtual British Institute the presentations chosen for the English and Welsh tracks will support one another (not overlap) and you are encouraged to register for both days. 

Or end with – you may want to consider registering for both days.

Hidden Treasures in Welsh Family History


On Wednesday, October 14th.

1. John Jones is not a Brick Wall: Strategies for Researching Common Name Ancestors

Learn to recognize naming customs and patterns that will help you become a more successful family historian. Strategies and sources for researching common names like John Jones will guide you to knock down those brick walls.

2. Nonconformist Chapel Records

Most families in Wales experienced the influence of nonconformity. The records of nonconformists include much more than christenings, marriages, and burials. Learn where to find the surviving chapel registers and how to fill the gaps when christening and burial registers have not survived. 

3. Finding the Rich & Poor in Probate Records

Probate records are rich with multi-generational family links. Those who left a will often named several family members and associates. Learn how to search the standard indexes and documents before and after 1858. The probate abstracts for England and Wales that increase your ability to reconstruct families will also be explained. 

4. Free Welsh Records Online: The National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales provides free access to newspapers, journals, maps, marriage license documents, court records and abstracts of many land and property records. This class will help you discover the wide range of sources, and search options available in your home through the National Library of Wales website.

This is a day long event which will be followed by a live question and answer session.

About Darris

My family history journey began in 1983 while serving in the United States Air Force. Three years in England gave me the chance to visit archives, libraries and ancestral villages in England and Wales. I finished a bachelor’s degree in Family and Community History and went to work at the Family History Library, the world's largest genealogy library. My personal and client research has focused on Wales. Research projects have given me the chance to develop solution strategies for a variety of challenges. I helped create the FamilySearch wiki and the recent addition of Guided Research. Now I develop and test ideas to simplify family history research.


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