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190,000 Welsh Wills Online – Free to View

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2009

Over 190,000 Welsh wills (some 800,000 pages) have been digitised and are now available on the The National Library of Wales website and can be searched on their online catalogue and are free to view.

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth said the wills dated from the 14th Century until 1858, when civil probate was introduced, and 1,000 of them were written in Welsh.

There is a BBC report here about the 5 year project.

All Welsh counties now available in 1911 census

Friday, 12th June, 2009

All 13 Welsh counties are now available on 1911census.co.uk:

  • Anglesey
  • Brecknockshire
  • Carnarvonshire
  • Cardiganshire
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Glamorgan
  • Merionethshire
  • Montgomeryshire
  • Monmouthshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Radnorshire

These records contain a total of over 2.4 million individuals, and over a million households.

Search for your Welsh ancestors on the 1911 census now

Two languages

As the 1911 census is the first where household schedules were preserved, you will find that some of the census returns are printed and completed entirely in Welsh, while some are written in a mixture of Welsh and English. To help those who are not native Welsh speakers, there is a site section of useful tips, and translation tables to help you translate the most common Welsh census terms into English.

Common surnames and occupations

The tips will also help you narrow down your search results if you happen to have an ancestor with one of the most frequently occuring names, such as Jones or Evans, or one who worked in one of the dominant industries such as farming or coal mining.

Good luck with your Welsh research.

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