Wales Resources

Privacy Level: Public (Green)
Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: Wales, UKmap
Surname/tag: Wales Project
This page has been accessed 753 times.

Wales Project | Wales Resources

Wales Resources provides information in support of both new and experienced members of the Wales Project to increase your effectiveness.

Check back regularly as new information and revisions will be added from time-to-time.



- Need help finding your ancestors and relatives who lived in Wales?
- Looking for additional information on these people?
- What are the guidelines for writing a profile with a good Biography and Sources?
- Interested in the current government structure of Wales and its History?
- Need help interpreting a Welsh language word or phrase?

Those answers and more can be found here.

Questions or Suggestions for this page should be posted in the Comments section.

Getting Started

If you have not done the basic research to develop your family history, read or re-read How to Get Started with Genealogy.

It is important to know the county structure and some of the history of Wales - see Wales Project Historic Counties.

Profile Creation and Maintenance

A well written and sourced profile is a pleasure to see and read.

Profile Edit Coding

- Bold text; select text and click on symbol
- Italicize text; select text and click on symbol
NOTE: to bold and italicize; click on both symbols while text is selected
- Link to Another Person Profile - enter the profile ID followed by a pipe, |, and then the persons name. Select the text and click on the tree symbol. This adds double brackets on each side to create the link.
Example: [[Awbrey-135|Stuart Awbrey]] will appears Stuart Awbrey
- External Link to an URL - enter the URL; select it and click on the chain link symbol. This adds a single bracket on each side to create the link.
Example: []
Note: a variation is to include the name of the page separated from the URL with 2 spaces.
Example: [ Wales Project] which appears as Wales Project
- Creates a level 3 headline - enter headline wording; select the text and click on symbol.
 :Example: ===Sample Level 3 Headline===
- Cancels Wiki formatting, or coding, for display purposes; enter and code the text, select text and click on symbol.
Example:<nowiki>[]</nowiki> which appears as [] in edit mode
- Inserts a horizontal line
Image:Wales Project Training Program Categorization.png
- Code a Category - click on symbol which opens a text box; enter information such as a location. Suggested categories will appear which can be selected with coding.
Image:Wales Project Training Program Categorization-3.png
- Creates an inline source citation used within biographies.
Example: <ref>My Brother's Book</ref> will appear numerically under the section Sources as: * My Brother's Book.

Profile Sourcing

Ideally, a profile should have more than one source and the sources should be accessible. The Wales Genealogy Resources section below provides a list of sources which may be helpful in your research.

Additional information on sourcing techniques can be read at Wales Sourcerers Team Guidelines.

Categorisation of Profiles

Steve Bartlett is the leader for categories. He has prepared some help pages Categorisation in Wales

Wales Project Profile Improvement Teams

The Wales Project Profile Improvement Teams work towards WikiTree’s goals for quality profiles. Included are:

  • Bio-Builders Team works on biographies
  • Categories Team develops and assigns categories which assists in the search for profiles with similar characteristics.
  • Connectors Team works toward WikiTree’s goal of one tree for the world by connecting individuals and families.
  • Data Doctors Team works towards both improving profiles and correcting errors.
  • Sourcerers Team works on finding sources for the information on profiles.

Creating A Free-Space Page

A Free-Space page, usually referred to as "space page," has a variety of uses.

Have a lengthy biography, a will or other documents? A profile is more readable when it is properly formatted and not too long. If you have a large amount of text, or a document such as a will, consider using a small description on the profile. The other text can be entered on one or more free-space pages, often referred to only as space page, and linked between the two.

Space pages are used for many other purposes.

How to create a free-space page can be read at Wales Resources - Creating A Free-Space Page.


The following images may be used appropriately on Wales related profiles.

Stickers - a label which can be added to a profile indicating the person was born in Wales or has ancestors in Wales – see Wales Stickers for usage.

FlagsGovernmental Units and Cities of Wales is a collection of the national flag and flags for the Historic Counties. (The name of the page is a carryover from a very early version of the Wales Project).

ImagesWales Image contains the symbols of Wales, maps of Wales, maps of Wales with counties highlighted and other images

IconsWelsh category useful icons contains 3 historical maps of Wales.

Commemorative Plaques in Wales

This Commemorative Plaques in Wales page identifies people who have a blue plaque or similar commemorative plaque attached to a location in Wales. The aim is to ensure each of these people has a WikiTree profile and a great biography.

Wales Project Historic Counties

The primary location for a Wales based profile is one of these 13 Historic Counties. A history of Wales, including the 13 Historic Counties, can be read at Wales Present and Past

The project has a County Team for each of the historic counties.

WikiWales Discord

The Wales Project Discord server is titled WikiWales. Discord is a popular chat program where users can chat by voice or text used by WikiTree. The WikiWales Discord used by the Wales Project has several specific topic channels including the various major teams in the project. Read a complete description at Wales Project WikiWales Discord.

Wales Genealogy Sources

An important part of the process is knowing where to look for information which can be used as sources.

Suggestions for Additions: If you have a recommendation please enter in Comments below. Include the URL if applicable.

General Search:

Google – a quick search technique is to use a surname, a full name or a location in a search engine such as Google. To see results from WikiTree, add “wikitree” at the beginning of your search term.

Online Genealogy Sites – probably the largest genealogy web site with over 30 bil records and over 100 mil family trees (many are duplicates with variations). You must pay a fee to join (6 April 2023).
FamilySearch - the site is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free and available to the public. This site can search billions of digital images and indexes of records from all over the world. These records include government and church records for births, marriages, and deaths; censuses; probate records, land records, draft cards; and so forth. Millions of new records are published on a weekly basis.
Find A Grave – contains over 190 mil personal memorials, 506,000 cemeteries in 244 countries. Registration is free.
MyHeritage - another web site with family trees. You will need to pay a fee to join.

Online Books and Media

Bartrum Project – Peter Bartrum has been referred to as “the foremost scholar of medieval Welsh genealogy.” One technique for using the web site is to key in the search box a surname, or some other term, of interest. Other scholars of this period believe Bartrum’s genealogy is sometimes problematic regarding length of time between generations. One critique on this issue can be read at The Bartrum “Welsh Genealogies” by Darrell Wolcott, Center for the Study of Ancient Wales.
Note: The CADAIR website which previously contained Bartrum’s work has been discontinued. No other online source has been found as of January, 2022.
Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant by G. E. Cokayne (on FamilySearch site) – a very good source for references to the peerage. This link contains links to each of the volumes separately. The following link allows for reading/searching the entire book Google Books
See Some Notes on Medieval English Genealogy – Some Corrections and Additions to the Complete Peerage
Internet Archive – this is a non-profit library of millions of books and other information. Registration is free.
Medieval Londoners – this Fordham University project provides information on Londoners who lived there c. 1100 – 1520.
Medieval Welsh Ancestors of Certain Americans: a comprehensive genealogy with biographical and historical background as well as critical commentary by Carl Boyer published 2004
The Gazette - UK’s official public record since 1665.
Hathi Trust – this site is a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles. There are multiple ways to login.
Notes on Medieval English Genealogy – this site offers suggestions on searching Google Books for this period.
National Portrait Gallery – a search can be made by surname or the name of a location. The database includes a list of originals held in other galleries and libraries.
People’s Collection Wales – a collection of photographs, documents, audio and video recordings, and stories.

Online Sources

British History Online – as the name implies, this site contains a large amount of digitized material. A good starting point is to click on “Using BHO.”
Center for the Study of Ancient Wales – this is a collection of articles, covering individuals, and analyses of genealogy research for the period from about 400 to 1300.
Dictionary of Welsh Biography - contains over 5,000 concise biographies of individuals who have made a significant contribution to national life, whether in Wales or more widely.
FamilySearch – contains a large number of records and family trees. Registration is free.
FamilySearch Research Wiki – this site allows you to begin a search by region or country.
FamilySearch Wales Genealogy – this link is specific for Wales.
Medieval Families Welsh Project – Welsh Medieval Database Primarily Nobility and Gentry Lines – a search can be made using several factors to locate people from this period (ignore the pre-loaded list of names and enter your own search criteria.
Wales Parish Registers – a record of life events in parishes of Wales. Near the bottom of the page are links for various parish registers by county.
The History of Parliament – search by location or surname for someone who may have served in Parliament. It includes a large amount of information about Parliament.
The National Archives – London – this source contains many records for Wales and other UK countries. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of their records have not been digitized. Click on the Menu to see a lengthy list of search menus and helps.
The National Archives - Palaeography – a tutorial on reading of old English handwriting – 1500-1800.
National Library of Wales - (Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru) - Many pages are also available in the Welsh language. Links to some of the more popular databases on this site are:
Click on the Discover tab for a more inclusive list.
Clicking on the Collections tab is a good place to start your search.
NLW Welsh Journals published between 1735-2007 – you can enter the name of a person (or just the surname) or a location, etc. under the “Search” heading. The search can be narrowed by selecting the name of a journal from the drop down list.
NLW Welsh Newspapers – use the same search technique as above.
Cymru 1914 - reveals “the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all of Welsh life, language and culture.”
Tithe Maps of Wales - search and browse over 300,000 entries and their accompanying apportionment documents using original and present-day maps.
UKBMDBirths, Marriages, Deaths and Censuses on the Internet – provides links to websites that offer online transcriptions of births, marriages deaths and censuses. It is also a good source for finding locations.
Welsh Names Resources:
Behind the Name, meaning of Welsh names
BBC, Wales History (including Welsh Naming)
Wikipedia - Welsh Surnames


Behind the Name – Welsh Names – provides a list of meanings and spelling variations.
BillionGraves – a large database of cemetery data. Registration is free.
Coflein Map – a searchable, expandable map of locations provided by Coflein, a database for the National Monuments Record of Wales.
Welsh Coal Mines – there are two links related to mining disasters and Memorials which lists deaths by year- and List of Disasters which lists disasters by location.
Welsh Mariners – two groups can be searched:
Merchant Mariners
Royal Navy personnel
Wikipedia – Welsh Surnames – describes the history of Welsh patronymics.

Additional Resources

Rick Pierpont has put together several lists of online sources. Two are listed here. There is some duplication among the lists:
Sources-Family Genealogies – a list of published genealogies by surname in alphabetical order.
Sources-Wales – a list of sources related to Wales.
Category-Source – a list of links to pages for countries (including Wales), states and others which contain links to online publications.

- Welsh Patronymic Naming Guidance

Welsh Language Assistance

- Help is available with Welsh-language sources, words or phrases. Contact volunteer Corinne Morris and click on “send private message.”

- Glossary Welsh

Images: 1
Welsh Flag
Welsh Flag

  • Login to request to the join the Trusted List so that you can edit and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Stuart Awbrey and Wales Project WikiTree. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
  • Public Q&A: These will appear above and in the Genealogist-to-Genealogist (G2G) Forum. (Best for anything directed to the wider genealogy community.)
Comments: 4

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
I am a descendant of Llywelyn Lorworth, Llywelyn the Great through Princess Diana's Line which connects through 2 Llywelyn lines. It is a mystery as to who the mothers were to this day. Our G Great Grandparents are Thomas Lunsford and Katharine Fludd which leads to much mystery. FLUDD LLOYD This brings much together and wondering if Our G Great Grandmother is Tanqwystl Gosh or Joan Pantagenet Or BOTH from the two lines. Willing to take a test to discover so much. I am related to De Quincy, De Lacey, the Sackville's. I want to know more. Thank You
posted on Wales Genealogy Research (merged) by Sharon Lee Lunsford
A follow-up private message will be sent.
posted by Stuart Awbrey
I have recently joined the Wales Project and the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire county teams. I finally joined the Wales Project Google Group (I think!) and while exploring, came across this page. Well done, Stewart Awbrey and whoever else has worked on it. Lots of really useful information in one spot. Well done!!
posted on Wales Genealogy Research (merged) by Cherryl (Hood) Schmidt
Thank you for the kind words. Please advise if you have any additions or suggestions.
posted on Wales Genealogy Research (merged) by Stuart Awbrey