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Guide to Wales ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Wales Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Wales Background
Local Research Resources

Background Information[edit | edit source]

Wales is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (together with England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and is located in the western part of Britain. From its original Celtic origins, a distinct Welsh national identity emerged in the centuries after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century. The country is bilingual, with both Welsh and English (predominant) being official languages. Birth, Death, Marriage and Military records for Wales are listed with English records.[1]

Why Wales Historic Counties are Used[edit | edit source]

The Wales counties discussed the most in the FamilySearch Research Wiki are the historic pre-1974 counties. The records dated before 1974 are located within the information found in the historic counties. This practice better assists our patrons who are researching their ancestors before the modern time period.

For further information see Wales Jurisdictions

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Wales Research

Wales Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Wales research.

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Wales Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

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For more information, see Wales Jurisdictions

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Wales," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 March 2016.