Welsh Family History

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.

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.

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.

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 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 wills proved in the Welsh Ecclesiastical courts before 1858.

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.

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