Synopses & Reviews
This guide for general readers explains how to research Welsh familyhistory and find info on ancestors from Wales. The book overviews the steps of a family history project and looks at Welsh surnames andplace names. It then identifies and describes major resources such as archives, civil records, parish registers, church and schoolrecords, tax and court records, birth and death records, and military records. Each chapter lists many web sites. The bookcontains 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. Distributed by Casemate.Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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."