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Pembrokeshire Guided Research - What else you can try

This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find death information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the death section of the Pembrokeshire Guided Research page. If researching after 1837, see Civil Registration.


Substitute Records

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Additional Records with Death Information

Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.

Use these substitute records to locate death information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Nonconformist Records
Wales Nonconformist
Guided Research
By 1851, 80% of the Welsh population was nonconformist. Nonconformist churches have baptism, marriage, and burial records.
Civil Registration
See Wiki page
Starting in 1837, death certificates list the deceased's death date and place, gender, age, occupation, and their occupation (or parent's name if a child).
Cemetery Records
See Wiki page
Cemetery records, including tombstone inscriptions, usually list the deceased's death date and other biographical information.
Probate Records
See Wiki page
Wills and probate list death date and place.
Newspapers
See Wiki page
May contain death notices and obituaries.





Improve Searching

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Tips for finding deaths

Successfully finding death records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth or death.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Know county. Because of the abundance of common names, knowing the county is important to narrow down the search. Go to Finding the Wales County or Parish of Origin to learn how to find the county.





Why the Record May Not Exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start
Mandatory birth registration started in 1837. However, universal compliance did not occur until 1866. Before 1837, births and baptisms can be found in church records (mainly nonconformist records). Although the oldest baptism records date to 1538, most churches did not start recording baptisms until the 1600s.

Records Published

Records Destroyed
Some church records may have been lost, destroyed, or damaged (especially in the 1500s and early 1600s). More specific information is not known. Civil registration records are generally complete.