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Sorted by Wales Census & Voter Lists
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1939 England and Wales RegisterUpdated45,913,713
1911 Wales Census2,460,733
1901 Wales Census2,035,182
1891 Wales Census1,760,678
1881 Wales CensusFree1,588,506
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Sorted by Wales Birth, Marriage & Death
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England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-200771,311,115
England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-200563,960,061
England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915Free62,793,107
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-200749,722,465
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915Free38,334,194
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Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Militia Attestation Papers, 1800-1915185,298
UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-185628,249
UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-191926,928
UK, Electrical Engineer WWI and WWII Rolls of Honour, 1924, 1949Free378
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England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892Free1,556,259
UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-185628,249
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Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset, 1888-1899, 1905-19063,349
The Tewkesbury Yearly Register and Magazine, 1830-1850984
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There are no Pictures collections unique to Wales
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Sorted by Wales Directories & Member Lists
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UK, Railway Employment Records, 1833-19562,041,650
British Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969Free1,466,410
UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811Free1,045,652
U.K., City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s404,728
UK, Civil Engineer Lists, 1818-1930194,446
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Sorted by Wales Court, Land, Wills & Financial
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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-199520,503,027
England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892Free1,556,259
UK, Land Tax Redemption, 17981,179,406
UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811Free1,045,652
Wales, Wills and Probate, 1513-1858Updated282,099
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Sorted by Wales Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Reference
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The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 18722,421
Wales Topographical Dictionary, 18441,040
English and Welsh Surname Dictionary856
Wales Topographical Dictionary, 1833794
Burke's Family Records717
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Sorted by Wales Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
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Great Britain, Atlas and Index of Parish Registers13,296
The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 18722,421
Wales Topographical Dictionary, 18441,040
Wales Topographical Dictionary, 1833794
Royal Atlas of England & Wales 18950
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Sorted by Wales Stories, Memories & Histories
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England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892Free1,556,259
England and Wales Visitation, Volume I, III-XIV3,609
Great Britain, Portraits of Illustrious Personages, 1502-18521,419
England, Scotland, and Wales Royal Families1,148
Wales Annals and Antiquities, Volumes I-II1,007
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A Genealogical History

Wales in brief

Government: Devolved government
Population: 3,004,600
Total area: 20,779 sq km
Capital: Cardiff
Currency: Pound sterling
Common languages: English, Welsh
Patron Saint: St David


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Interesting Facts

  • The English name ‘Wales’ comes from the Germanic word Walh (singular), meaning ‘foreigner’ or ‘stranger’.
  • Wales is officially a bilingual nation. Only around 20% of the population speak the indigenous language, Welsh, with the rest mainly using English.
  • Cardiff was once the biggest coal port in the world. For a few years before World War I, it handled more cargo than either London or Liverpool.
  • Although the English conquest of Wales took place in 1284, there was no formal Union until 1536. Welsh law was only fully replaced by English statute under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542.
  • Following Henry VIII's break with the Catholic Church, most of Wales followed England in accepting Anglicanism. Catholic attempts to counter this movement produced some of the earliest books printed in Welsh.
  • The heir to the British throne is traditionally given the title ‘Prince of Wales’. This is said to have started in 1301, when King Edward I gave the title to his heir, Prince Edward, later King Edward II.

Featured Wales Data Collections

Wales, Wills and Probate, 1513-1858282,099
England and Wales, Death Index, 1989-20194,777,565
1939 England and Wales Register45,913,713
Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Militia Attestation Papers, 1800-1915185,298
UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-18111,045,652

Famous People

Resources

Wales census research

Welsh censuses have been taken alongside their English counterparts ever since 1801. They’ve been conducted every 10 years – with the notable exception of 1941. The 1841 Census was the first to record every person in every household, but it stopped short of describing the relationships between people, and the ages of adults were rounded down to the nearest five years. Successive censuses added exact ages (as long as they were given truthfully!), family relationships and other information, such as the number of rooms occupied and disabilities.

365体育投注网站All the available census returns for England and Wales, from 1841 to 1901, are available to search on Ancestry, with images of the original records. Simply enter as many details as you know to search each record.

 

Wales vital records

  • Parish registers365体育投注网站 – From the time of Henry VIII until 1920, the established church in Wales was actually the Church of England. If you’re looking for relatives before 1837, the best source for vital events is this Church’s registers of christenings, marriages, and burials, kept by individual parishes. Surviving parish registers begin as early as the 1500s in some areas. Nonconformism (especially Methodism) was extremely common in Wales from the 19th century. Fortunately, most denominations kept their own registers, which are also available to search.

    365体育投注网站You’ll find a growing collection of parish registers from all over the UK on Ancestry, with both searchable transcriptions and images of original records. If we don’t yet have records for your area, the best place to start is the local record office.

  • Civil registration – From 1837, Welsh vital events have been included alongside the official English registers. Your ancestors’ birth, marriage and death certificates are held centrally by the General Register Office. You can search the entire indexes to these records, from 1837 to 2005, on Ancestry. When you find members of your family, you can order copies of their certificates through our dedicated service.

 

Wales research routes

These important organisations provide resources to help with your search for Welsh roots. Also bear in mind that many counties and towns keep extensive family history records in record offices, libraries and genealogical or historical societies, so always check for a local resource.

  • : The website’s page provides an overview of the many resources available at the Library, including church records, wills and probate, maps, estate, legal records, and pedigree books. Selected records are also available in the Library’s .
  • (TNA): Holds government records for England, Wales, and the United Kingdom. The extensive collections include censuses, naturalisation and emigration records (including passenger lists), historical maps, court and military documents, and much more. TNA’s website lets you search indexes to military service records, honours and awards, wills, and more.
  • : Details what you’ll find in more than 20 archives across Wales. See the ‘’ page for helpful tips.
  • : The Association was formed in 1981. It can help you find the best society for your research.
  • : The Society’s Library in London contains extensive resources covering the entire British Isles, including family and local histories, county resources, censuses, maps, and more. On its website, the helpful page points you towards other great resources.
  • : GENUKI is a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information. Its Welsh resources include sections dedicated to each county, and guides to all the most important national records.
  • : The Wales GenWeb Project has been online since early 1998. Since that time, the project has remained faithful to the mission of the World Gen Web Project - to provide you with free resources and reference information.
  • : This popular website lets you search through town and county directories for both England and Wales from 1750 to 1919.