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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 the best book ever written on Welsh genealogy. It is certainly a very comprehensive handbook, with over twenty chapters treating the essential elements of Welsh genealogy. Each of the chapters is written by a specialist and is designed to guide the reader through the pitfalls and challenges of Welsh family history research. Chapters include: Archives in Wales, Family History Societies of Wales, Parish Registers, Civil Registration and the Census, Nonconformity, Surnames of Wales, Place Names, Basic Welsh for Family Historians, the IGI for Wales, Estate Records, Maritime Records, Wills, Education, and Parochial Records, Court Records, and Manuscript and Printed Pedigrees.
For this second edition, each author was given the opportunity to update his or her text in the light of recent developments, particularly in the area of local government and archives. While this has led to significant changes in a number of chapters, the aims and objectives of the first edition have been carefully preserved.
"If I had Welsh ancestry, I would want this book."--FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES FORUM, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 23.
"It is an excellent addition to foreign research manuals."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1995), p. 205.
"Readers with 18th and 19th century Welsh ancestry will find this book to be of immense value in providing necessary background information...Highly recommended."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 125, No. 4.
"This book is strongly recommended as an educational tool for genealogists who work at broadening their knowledge of research, as well as an essential guide for anyone who has difficult Welsh lines or plans a trip to Wales itself."--NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 82, No. 3.