Genealogical Web Sites

The genealogical use of the Internet is expanding rapidly, not just because of the rapid communication possible between researchers, wherever they may live. Surname and locality interest groups have set up mailing lists on and most Record Offices, Family History Societies, and personal users, publish useful information on their Websites. Other family history societies in Wales can be accessed via the Association of FHS of Wales Website. The Wales on the Web/Cymru ar y We is the subject gateway to material of Welsh interest on the Internet funded by Cymru ar-lein of the Welsh Assembly Government and based at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. We have compiled a short list of those that can be selected and retrieved individually without the need to key in the address. The current list, and other useful Websites for researchers with ancestors from Dyfed, is given below; just click on the name to access the Website.

Dyfed generally

Ceredigion Archives
Ceredigion Archives is the record office for the county formerly known as Cardiganshire or (in Welsh) Sir Aberteifi.

Carmarthenshire Role of Honour WW1&2
Records the many that died in two world wars through photographs, either portrait photos of the men themselves, or of their graves or names inscribed on the various memorials.

CenQuest - Census Research Wales
Free search for people and places with Welsh roots, family history and genealogy.

Particular places or parishes

Llanelli Community Heritage
Promotes the Community's rich heritage through the creation of a heritage trail including Interpretive Heritage Panels and Blue Plaques in Llanelli and District.

Llanteg Village Pembrokeshire
Information and News from the village of Llanteg, Pembrokeshire, and the surrounding area

A Pembrokeshire Mining Community
Some thoughts on the history of the coalmining community around Begelly and Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire

The Parish of Abergwili, Carmarthenshire

Kidwelly local history records, Carmarthenshire

Llanbadarn Churchyard Cardiganshire
By A W Gilbey and Penglais School History Society

Llanegwad, Carmarthenshire

Llangynfelyn, Cardiganshire
Local information about Llangynfelyn, through transcripts of original historical documents. Also lists available sources.

Monkton Rectorial Benefice.
Records for Stackpole parishes

Wales generally

Archives Network Wales
An online catalogue that allows you with a single search to obtain information about more than 7,000 collections of historical records in the holdings of 21 archives in Wales. These archives are open to the public and you can use this site to plan your visit and find out more. Archives Wales forms part of the UK's National Archives Network.

Association of Family History Societies of Wales
This website does not contain research material but does guide you to member and affiliated organisations.

Cambrian Index Online
The Cambrian was the first English-language newspaper to be published in Wales, running from 1804 - 1930. Swansea Library Service provides an on-line index to the contents of a large number of the newspaper's issues.

Church in Wales
The Province of the Church in Wales is divided into six dioceses; each has its own website, which can be accessed through this site.

National Library of Wales
The buildings in Aberystwyth contain a mountain of knowledge about Wales and the world – millions of books on every subject, thousands of manuscripts and archives, maps, pictures and photographs, films and music, and electronic information.

Welsh-American Genealogical Society Formed in 1990 in the United States to serve as a common link for Welsh genealogical researchers in the United States or anywhere throughout the Welsh world.

GENUKI - Welsh pages
GENUKI provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.

Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales
Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales, helping people understand and care about their history. Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’.

Gathering the Jewels
The website for Welsh heritage and culture.

Gazetteer for Wales
A comprehensive place name index of Wales; includes maps and descriptions of the counties.

John Ball's home page
Information and images of Wales

Wales Lookup Exchange
A portal site to the culture and history of Wales.

War Diary of the 16th Battalion, Welsh Regiment

Welsh counties - IGI batch number details
Lists the batch numbers of the information on the site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Welsh Language Commissioner

Links further afield

USA Genealogical Web Sites
A page of special interest to researchers from the USA or those with ancestors from the USA.

Genealogy generally

Access to Archive (A2A)
A2A at the National Archive is part of the UK archives network. The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

British Library
The main catalogue contains records for over 56 million items, including circa 13 million records for books, journals, newspapers, conferences, maps, scores etc.; 37 million journal articles; thousands of electronic journals, ebooks and hundreds of databases; Sound Archive items; Web Archive links and over 400 Research datasets.

Church of Latter Day Saints Research Online
The records span billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The "Debt of Honour Register" is the Commission's database listing the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars and the 23,000 cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where they are commemorated. The register can also be searched for details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the Second World War.

Federation of Family History Societies
This website does not contain research material but does guide you to member and affiliated organisations.

Guild of One-Name Societies
A one-name study is a project researching facts about a surname and all the people who have held it, as opposed to the ancestors or descendants of one person. This site contains a list of names registered for a one-name study.

Society of Genealogists
Each year the Society arranges an extensive range of lectures, courses and visits.

UK National Archives
The National Archives is the UK government's official archive]

American Family Immigration History Center
Makes the 25 million arrival records and over 900 ships of passage pictures in the Ellis Island Archives available to everyone.

BBC Family History
Advice and guidance on tracing your family history.

BBC Legacies Local History website
Covers from buildings to legends and from myths to people; discover our local history through tales of our ancestors from all around the UK.

Access to the GRO index to BMD
Free search for births, marriages and deaths

Cyndi Howell's list of Genealogical Sites
Cyndi’s List

Historical Maps (1846 to 1899) of the Ordnance Survey

Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies
Offers a wide range of courses on family history, heraldry and related historical subjects. Has a library and collections of manuscripts, and research facilities.

Parish Chest Website
An extensive list of family history records.

Free Registers - free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records.

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