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For years, researchers have lamented the difficulty of tracing their roots in Wales, particularly in view of the commonality of Welsh surnames like Jones, Evans, Roberts, or Hughes, and of the uncommonality of the Welsh language itself.
Much of the mythology and some of the genuine obstacles to Welsh research have been eliminated in recent years, thanks to the work of John and Sheila Rowlands and their colleagues at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. In their three pioneering books, "Welsh Family History," "Second Stages in Researching Welsh Ancestry," and "The Surnames of Wales," the Rowlands have laid the framework for a modern approach to Welsh genealogy and to the study of Welsh naming patterns and practices. They have also stressed the importance of acquiring knowledge of specialized Welsh genealogical methods and sources, plus some understanding of the social, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds of the communities in which Welsh ancestors lived.
Whether you are just beginning research in Welsh genealogy or have hit a brick wall, you can do yourself a service by following the Rowlands' suggestions. You'll also find many valuable clues in the other titles in our collection on Welsh genealogy. Scroll down and see for yourself!
WELSH FAMILY HISTORY: A Guide to Research. Second Edition.
This handbook on Welsh genealogy deals primarily with those aspects of family history research that are unique to Wales. Originally published by the Association of Family History Societies of Wales, it is considered to be the best book ever written on Welsh genealogy. It is certainly a very comprehensive handbook, with more than 20 chapters treating the essential elements of Welsh genealogy.
SECOND STAGES in Researching Welsh Ancestry.
Anyone who has had any success in researching their Welsh ancestry will know that a grasp of specialized Welsh genealogical methods and sources is only one of several factors that contributed to that success. They will know, for example, how important it is in Welsh research to have some understanding of the social, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds of the communities in which those ancestors lived. This book attempts to broaden that understanding, especially for the period prior to 1800, when most researchers begin to experience difficulties. In addition, it aims to make readers more aware of some little-known sources and the special uses that may be applied to the information found in these sources.
THE SURNAMES OF WALES for Family Historians and Others.
This book provides the reader with detailed insight into the origins and occurrence of common Welsh surnames, together with some consideration of those surnames that are associated with particular locales, thus helping to suggest a likely place of origin within Wales.
ANNALS AND ANTIQUITIES of the Counties and County Families of Wales. In Two Volumes.
First published in 1872, with a second edition in 1875, Nicholas's ANNALS AND ANTIQUITIES is still the standard work on Welsh family history and the chief source of genealogical data on the counties and families of the principality. Unlike other books on the subject, it combines histories of the ancient counties of Wales with family lineages, integrating the two to show the social and genealogical evolution of the country.
THE CYMRY OF 76; or Welshmen and Their Descendants of the American Revolution. Second Edition.
This is one of the few printed sources on the role played by the Welsh population during the Revolutionary War. A good deal of space is devoted to notices of prominent persons of Welsh ancestry, and there is, in addition, a section on Welsh surnames.
WELSH FOUNDERS OF PENNSYLVANIA. Two Volumes in One.
Based on years of extensive research conducted in Wales, this work consists of genealogical notices of Welsh emigrants to Pennsylvania, mainly between 1682 and 1700. Alphabetically arranged, it relates to nearly 300 families and 2,000 individuals, with pedigrees and charts of the first arrivals.
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