Wales Family History Resources

Discover your Welsh family history with our list of resources and links. If you have ancestors from Wales, you will be able to find them here.

Wales Births & Baptisms 1541-1907
Discover your Welsh ancestor among more than 700,000 birth and baptism records from between 1541 and 1907. Find their name and date of birth as well as the name of their parents.

Wales Marriages 1541-1900
Explore over 130,000 records and discover your Welsh relatives today. The records include marriages across 12 counties in Wales. You can discover your ancestor by searching by name, marriage year or the spouse’s name.

The Wales Collection
The Wales Collection is made up of records provided by The National Library of Wales and the Welsh County Archivists Group. It includes baptisms, marriages, burials and banns for every county in Wales.

North Wales BMD
North Wales BMD has over 2 million birth, marriage and death records to view online for free. The indexes are not totally complete for all years and areas yet but most are online.

Dyfed Marriage Index 1813-1837
This index contains the names of all persons known to have married in Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire and Pemrokeshire in the period 1813-37. The original record of marriage may be found in the registers for the appropriate parish {or in the bishop’s transcripts where those registers are missing or defective). A fairly full transcript of all the marriages can be consulted in documents deposited by the Society at the National Library of Wales, the Haverfordwest Record Office and the Society of Genealogists.
You must be a member of the society to view the records now. It costs £12 per year.

Wales at War
Wales at War is a digital resource for anyone with an interest in the First World War and its impact on communities across Wales. The project will engage pupils between the ages of 10 and 14 in historical research by supporting them to create biographies of the names listed on their local war memorial to help reveal the histories of the Welsh men and women who lost their lives during the war.

West Wales War Memorial Project
The West Wales War Memorial Project website has been set up in order to commemorate all of the men and women from the three counties of West Wales; Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, who have fallen in conflicts throughout the world. The site focuses on the casualties of both World Wars, the Great War of 1914-1918 and World War Two, 1939-1945, as these were the two wars that caused the greatest number of casualties. Service men and women who have fallen in other wars are also remembered on the website, but these are usually more difficult to trace and research.

Cymru 1914
This new website Cymru 1914 aims to show the Welsh experience of WWI (the First World War). The site includes newspapers, photos, archives, manuscripts, journals and much more from libraries, special collections and archives of Wales.

Welsh Family History Archive
The Welsh Family History Archive includes Llangar parish records, maps of Wales, some census details and other bits of interest for Welsh family historians.

Welsh Newspapers Online
Welsh Newspapers Online is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales where you can discover millions of articles from the Library’s rich collection of historical newspapers.

Welsh Wills
Search for Welsh wills at the National Library of Wales. The available records date from wills proved in the Welsh Ecclesiastical courts before 1858. To view the whole document, you need to have a reader’s ticket for the library, but these records will allow you to verify if a will exists and how you can obtain a copy.

Welsh Crime and Punishment
The Crime and Punishment database comprises data about crimes, criminals and punishments included in the gaol files of the Court of Great Sessions in Wales from 1730 until its abolition in 1830. The Court could try all types of crimes, from petty thefts to high treason.

Archives Wales
Archives Wales allows users to search over 7000 collections from 21 archives in Wales. A great resource for finding where the information needed is located and plan a visit.

Welsh Family History Archive
The Welsh Family History Archive includes Llangar parish records, maps of Wales, some census details and other bits of interest for Welsh family historians.

West Wales War Memorial Project
The West Wales War Memorial Project website has been set up in order to commemorate all of the men and women from the three counties of West Wales; Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, who have fallen in conflicts throughout the world. The site focuses on the casualties of both World Wars, the Great War of 1914-1918 and World War Two, 1939-1945, as these were the two wars that caused the greatest number of casualties. Service men and women who have fallen in other wars are also remembered on the website, but these are usually more difficult to trace and research.

Welsh Mariners
Mariners represent a difficult group to research from the point of view of the family historian. I wanted to make information about our Welsh maritime ancestors more easily available to anyone researching their family and Welsh heritage, and so it seemed appropriate to develop this website and make the information on it freely available to all.

Historic Place Names of Wales
More than 300,000 names of historic Welsh places. You can search for a place name or browse an interactive map.

Welsh Tithe Maps
Search and browse over 300,000 entries and their accompanying apportionment documents using original and present-day maps.

GENUKI Wales
Links to many Welsh family history websites and resources. It’s a great place to start or continue your research.

Welsh Genealogy Blog
A blog with some useful and interesting information about Welsh family history and genealogy.

Glamorgan Family History
Find your Glamorgan ancestors and relatives with this list of links and resources to family history, genealogy and local history records.