Questions tagged [wales]

For questions about ancestors and records in Wales. Also tag the county if the question is specific to that county.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2 votes
1 answer
117 views

1921 Census and noting name different in Ancestry

I use Ancestry for my family tree and consistently for all women I have then with their maiden surname. I have a case where on her birth certificate it was: Fanny Priscilla Selby On the 1921 census ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
40 views

Locating Welsh 1939 Register information that is referred to in "See INSTRUCTIONS" column

How can I locate the information this Welsh 1939 Register entry refers to for Esme Harris? I acquired the scanned document when I had a subscription with Ancestry. I now notice that in the See ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
170 views

Finding more information about Brecon Arms pub and when specific individuals had occupancy as landlords

The Great-Grandparents of my wife were landlords of "The Brecon Arms" in Llanelli, Wales. I know this for two reasons: I heard this information first hand from another elderly relative, ...
user avatar
1 vote
2 answers
124 views

How can we find a record that we see on Ancestry on another website?

Here is background for me asking this question ... I have located a Baptism Entry using Ancestry: Name: Austin Harries Birth: 1914 Baptism Date: 2 Sept 1914 This is what I see when using Ancestry on ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
49 views

Locating a birth record for Mary Harris circa November 1919

The story with Mary Harris started out with my research for Alexander Campbell Harris records in Wales. Eventually I located a burial entry for Alexander at Llanelli Cemetery and they kindly provided ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
52 views

Finding records for founding of printing firm of Messrs. Hughes and Son, Ltd. at Becon, Wales around 1802

A Roger_Heron shared the image (needs subscription to view) that the picture below is cut from on 16 Jan 2020 at Ancestry.com: The text in the picture is (with my bolding): The printing firm of ...
user avatar
  • 11k
3 votes
2 answers
194 views

Finding records of professional athlete and trainer who married 1911 at Cardiff, Wales?

I have a marriage certificate for my wife's great Grandfather. According to the certificate, he was born about 1885. He signed it as "Alexander Campbell Harris". He stated that his father ...
user avatar
6 votes
0 answers
140 views

How long might a couple have 'courted' and been engaged in mid-nineteenth century Wales?

What might the 'courting' and engagement period have been for a young couple in mid-nineteenth century Merthyr Tydfil. Their ages were both recorded as 21 at their marriage in the Register Office (...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
79 views

Seeking 1880 Birth Record of Santa Catherine Gazzanovich at Brecon, Wales?

My Grandmothers sister was Mary Evans,born Merthyr Tydfil 1856. On the 5th may 1875 in Cardiff she married Nicoli Gazzanovich. Their daughter Santa Catherine Gazzanovich was born in 1880 according ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
71 views

What does 'for the ferm' (or possibly 'farm' or possibly 'feren') mean in Welsh Land Tax records?

I'm transcribing the Land Tax records (circa 1796-1831) for a set of contiguous parishes in Pembrokeshire (all North of the admittedly mobile "Landsker" line.) Most of them have amounts 'for the ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
69 views

Interpreting a phrase in a Banns record from 1825 Pembrokeshire

I have an (extraordinarily helpful) banns record from Llanfair Nant Y Gof in Pembrokeshire in 1825, transcribed as follows: (Page 2) The year 1825 & 1826 [No. 3] Banns of Marriage between ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
205 views

Where did this baptism take place?

I'm looking at the record of the birth and baptism of the brother of one of my ancestors (William Prichard) and trying to determine where the baptism took place. (Note: I can read the record; it's the ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
1k views

Wrong ages in England and Wales Census

I'm currently in the process of researching my Great Great Grandfather Ivan Williams, along with his mother, Mary Williams on ancestry. I found on the 1901 Census that Mary was aged 82 and that Ivan ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
187 views

Determining a relationship from the 1871 census?

I am trying to identify the parents of my great-grandfather Thomas Jones (born 5 March 1870 in Dowlais, Merthyr Tyfdil, which ties up with all his census entries from 1881 onwards.) I know their ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
80 views

Backtracking to find source of birth date?

I have been tracing an ancestor of mine Catherine Cowin (nee Jones). I have been getting complacent and foolishly forgot to put in sources I had found for her DOB and the place of birth when I found ...
user avatar
  • 1,635
5 votes
1 answer
98 views

Looking for birth record of Catherine Jones in Llanfynydd, circa 1882

I'm looking for the above record of a birth of Catherine Jones, said to have been born around 1882 in Llanfynydd, which could be any number of places in Wales. She married my great-great grandfather ...
user avatar
  • 1,635
5 votes
1 answer
118 views

Finding evidence for Daniel Connors' birth in Wales about 1880?

My grandfather, Daniel Francis Connors came to Pennsylvania from Wales in 1882. He was about 2 years old. I know this for a fact as evidenced by Ship Records and the US Census. His mother was Margaret ...
user avatar
  • 111
6 votes
1 answer
216 views

Tracing ancestor CF Evans who died in World War 2 (aged 39 in 1945)?

I am stuck at first-base in trying to trace my UK ancestry. My grandfather died in World War 2 in 1945 at 39 years of age (according to the War Grave Commission). He was discharged from the Royal ...
user avatar
  • 61
5 votes
1 answer
102 views

How to interpret differences between different birth indices in England and Wales

While exploring the possibilities of the new GRO indices, I've come across an anomaly that I can't (yet) explain. For example: Various databases based on the 'old' GRO indices show a total of 5 ...
user avatar
8 votes
3 answers
411 views

Strategy to find death of individual with common name?

I thought I had found the death certificate for my grandfather Thomas Jones (born 1905) but the recent availability of the 1939 register and the Midlands Electoral Rolls have proven me wrong (see Back ...
user avatar
7 votes
3 answers
128 views

How to tell if a will was executed as written?

I've a very recent example of a will in my family in which none of the bequests was actually paid due to a change in circumstances, and this has set me thinking about which records would show what ...
user avatar
2 votes
3 answers
306 views

Proving parents of Thomas Morgan of Tre-bryn, Pencoed, Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales about 1808 were Thomas and Ann?

The family bible of my 2nd great grandparents Thomas Chichester Browning and Ann nee Morgan states that Ann was born on 15 Apr 1839 in the parish of Coychurch, Glamorgan, Wales, and that she was the ...
user avatar
  • 11k
6 votes
1 answer
3k views

What "hidden" clues are there in the GRO Indexes of births and deaths?

This Q&A is inspired by Jan Murphy's question – Finding Devon parish marriage records? – but this one pertains to the birth and death indexes for England & Wales. We all will have come across ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
3 votes
2 answers
152 views

Case for seeking quotation to digitize Greenwich Hospital School admission record of John Smyth in about 1755?

My 4th great grandfather John Smyth was a Captain's Clerk on the HMS Firm when he married Sarah Osment on 13 Jul 1764 at Stoke Damerel, Devon, England. When he was buried at Bunhill Fields Burial ...
user avatar
  • 11k
4 votes
1 answer
604 views

What happened to the original household schedules used to produce the 1939 Register?

The dataset called the 1939 Register of England & Wales, released on FindMyPast, is comprised of the enumerator's transcript books (National Archives RG 101). Using the King's household as an ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
6 votes
2 answers
5k views

Was the 1939 Register really updated after the end of National Registration?

The 1939 Register for England & Wales is soon to be released on FindMyPast, and I think there is a lot of confusion about what this record set is and for what it was used. One of my questions is ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
3 votes
1 answer
63 views

Finding background information on historical England & Wales electoral registers?

Find My Past has recently added a collection of England and Wales Electoral Registers, the data set England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932. I would like to find background information ...
user avatar
  • 24.3k
5 votes
2 answers
3k views

Do any fragments of the 1931 census of England & Wales survive?

It is a well known fact that the 1931 census of England and Wales was destroyed by a fire during the Second World War. However, did any fragments of this census survive at all? Were both the household ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
4 votes
0 answers
121 views

Identifying family in photo taken by Edwin Lott at Bridgend, Wales?

Can anyone identify the family in this photo taken by Edwin Lott at Nolton Studio Bridgend? I believe it's a Morgan family. The reverse side of the photograph can be seen in Dating photo by Edwin ...
user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
122 views

Accuracy of place of death recorded in the National Probate Calendar?

When I do not need or wish to obtain a death certificate, I have often used the National Probate Calendar for England & Wales as my main source for death date and place information (in conjunction,...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
2 votes
1 answer
110 views

Finding wills/probate for printers of Brecon, Wales who died in 1794, 1820 and 1839?

From Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales? I know that my Hughes ancestors included three prominent printers ...
user avatar
  • 11k
2 votes
2 answers
78 views

Determining surname for 1782 baptism in Breconshire, Wales?

In Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales? I sought vital records for Priscilla Hughes, the printer, of Struet, ...
user avatar
  • 11k
4 votes
1 answer
145 views

Reading Irish birthplace on 1851 Wales Census?

I am looking for help reading the word after Dublin Ireland on the third line down (Christopher Brangham) in the Where Born section. I think this might be the name of a place in County Dublin or the ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
258 views

Determining subdistrict extent from code in post-1993 GRO index?

Through 1992, the GRO indexes for births and deaths in England and Wales cite a volume and page in the registers (as they have done since the inception of civil registration in 1837). After 1992, the ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
4 votes
2 answers
384 views

Is there list of apprenticeship types for FindMyPast record set called Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808?

A new set of records has come online at FindMyPast called Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808: What was your family trade? Discover your ancestor in the registers from the Board of Stamps. The ...
user avatar
  • 11k
3 votes
1 answer
129 views

What does the Anglican church terminology in this document mean?

There are terms in this document (Parish/Parish Church, Banns/Licence, Established Church, Rect.[or]) that aren't familiar to everyone in a genealogical context (even in the English speaking world) ...
user avatar
3 votes
2 answers
900 views

Citation of both folio and page in England census

When citing census records for England and Wales (1841-1901), by convention we cite both the folio and page number. Since the page number simply clarifies which side of the folio to look on, why is ...
user avatar
  • 18.5k
4 votes
1 answer
49 views

Finding evidence for Daniel Denehy and Ellen Connors in 19th Century Wales?

I have hit a wall. I know my Grandparents Daniel and Ellen Denehy lived in Wales were married there and had Thomas A. Denehy there. I cannot find any other information on them such as immigration/...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
473 views

Identifying photograph which may be Margaret Morgan (1808-1902) taken at Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales?

Below is a photograph (I apologize for the quality; it is not in my possession to re-scan) of a woman who I think could be my 3rd great grandmother Margaret Morgan who was: christened on 28 Aug 1808 ...
user avatar
  • 11k
4 votes
1 answer
203 views

Finding marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales?

I first learned that my 4th great grandfather was Henry Hughes, a Printer, from the marriage certificate of my 3rd great grandparents Elizabeth Hughes and William Lewis on 26 Apr 1839 at St Giles ...
user avatar
  • 11k
4 votes
2 answers
208 views

When did printed register books come into use in England and Wales?

In Evidence Explained on page 35-36, Elizabeth Shown Mills talks about the analysis of public records, e.g. events which are recorded in register books. She gives an an example a church register book ...
user avatar
  • 24.3k
4 votes
1 answer
163 views

Were marriage certificates, granted after banns, recorded?

In the groom's parish of Bagillt, Flintshire, Wales, the marriage banns was recorded. At the bottom it says "Certificate granted Sept 14th 1835". Would a copy of that certificate have been recorded? ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
3k views

How to find out what British Navy ship someone served on during World War 2?

I am trying to find out what ship my father served on during WW2 , as when he was alive he never spoke about the war. I believe he left the Navy as a Petty Officer and served in and around Burma. I do ...
user avatar
9 votes
1 answer
120 views

Where to find records relating to Great Britain's Black Act?

Family story indicates that a John Edmonds, born about 1716 in Wales, was banished to America about 1732 for "dogging a pet deer". Supposedly, he settled around Jamestown, Virginia. Having recently ...
user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
208 views

Elinor is a Hassall (identifying a Welsh woman born in the late 18th century from a single record)

In 1805, according to the Bishops Transcripts for Little Newcastle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Elinor Hassall married John John. John, his descendants and relatives of the family were predominantly ...
user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
210 views

What happened to John White and his brother or sister?

All information below was obtained through ancestry.co.uk. My Great Grandfather, Thomas White was one of 6 children born to Baldwin White, b1862 in Salcombe, Devon & Rachel Arminia Fox, b1864 in ...
user avatar
  • 1,372
19 votes
1 answer
81 views

What constitutes Employment in Labour of a Child in England & Wales?

In 1883, a Requisition for a certified copy of birth for the purposes of the Elementary Education Act, 1876 was made for a youth born in 1872. Given he was 11, would the request have been for ...
user avatar
  • 731
13 votes
4 answers
371 views

Understanding why my relatives were in prison

1841 was a bad year for my ancestor William Walters and his family of Pont Wedwst in Cilrhedyn, Carmarthenshire, Wales. They buried one son, Samuel, aged 25, on 8th February 1841. And the Census of ...
user avatar
11 votes
2 answers
2k views

Citing local BMD registrations in England and Wales

The index of civil registrations of births, marriages, and deaths in England and Wales can be found on the FreeBMD Web site. This is not yet complete but fuller versions can also be found on the ...
user avatar
  • 5,897
10 votes
3 answers
683 views

What does "privately baptised" mean in a Welsh parish register of 1799?

The parish register for St. Dogwells, Pembrokeshire has the following entry for 1799: There is no burial record in this or an adjacent parish church in Wales for an infant John James between 1799 and ...
user avatar