Ruth Jones

Ruth goes to see her mum who still lives in the family home in Porthcawl. Ruth is seen to reflect on her hometown’s similarities to Barry Island, the seaside resort which serves as where Nessa in Gavin & Stacey lives. She is keen to find out more about her Grandpa Lyn, her mum’s father. His name was Griffith Llewellyn Jenkin, but he was always known as Lyn, and he died at the age of 39 due to heart complications when Ruth’s mum was just two years old. Continue reading...

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Complete set of Anglican Parish Records for Wales Launched with Images 23rd October 2020

All Anglican Parish Registers for Wales can now be searched on TheGenealogist, in association with Welsh Archives. This huge release contains 8 million Parish Records, listing over 14.5 million individuals, with images of the original registers.

"We are very excited to be releasing parish records for all 13 historic Welsh counties. We're thankful for the input of Welsh records experts from the archives, to make sure that we have accurate parish and place names. This will make it much easier for researchers to find records that they may have experienced difficulties with trying to find elsewhere.

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist

Our keyword search makes it surprisingly easy to find the record you're after, using either the modern, old or Welsh version of a place name and our unique SmartSearch allows you to find families listed in the registers.

These records complement our nonconformist records for Wales which include Methodists, Quakers and more, giving you the ultimate resource for finding your Welsh ancestors' vital events.

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This release includes all historic Welsh counties:- Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.

"We are delighted that TheGenealogist is releasing these records to a wider audience. Being able to access them from the comfort of your own home, especially during the current situation, is of great benefit. For this release, we've painstakingly gone through the metadata, improving all the place names in this record set, recording chapels of ease, parent parishes of modern parishes, and variant spellings in the English and Welsh languages. This will mean that searches for your ancestor in the parish records, which previously might have turned up no results, will have a much greater chance of finding them for you. If you've previously struggled to find your ancestors' Welsh Parish Records, I'd really encourage you to search these records.""

Kim Collis, West Glamorgan County Archivist

This release has been made possible by the participation of the following archives:- Anglesey Archives, Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Ceredigion Archives, Conwy Archive Services, Denbighshire Archives, Flintshire Record Office, Glamorgan Archives, Gwent Archives, Gwynedd Archives Service, Pembrokeshire Archives and Local Studies, Powys Archives and West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Ruth Jones, co-creator of the popular comedy Gavin & Stacey discovers her ancestors in the records, you can read about Ruth's discoveries here.

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Ruth Jones

Ruth goes to see her mum who still lives in the family home in Porthcawl. Ruth is seen to reflect on her hometown’s similarities to Barry Island, the seaside resort which serves as where Nessa in Gavin & Stacey lives. She is keen to find out more about her Grandpa Lyn, her mum’s father. His name was Griffith Llewellyn Jenkin, but he was always known as Lyn, and he died at the age of 39 due to heart complications when Ruth’s mum was just two years old. Continue reading...

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"The Gold subscription is excellent value for money"
Nick - Value for money
"TheGenealogist has a strong census search tool to help you locate ancestors more easily"
Claire - Ease of use
"The street search tool for census records is superb."
Nick - Navigation
"Trees are quick and easy to build on the site, and the results are particularly visually attractive."
Jenny - Family Tree Builder
"In TreeView, the ability to expand or reduce the image is excellent."
Alan - Family Tree Builder
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WDYTYA Magazine“TheGenealogist has an excellent search option that lets you search for a family using just first names.”
Sarah Williams, Editor - Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

Your Family Tree Magazine“The Genealogist is a great place to search for your ancestors and the details of their lives, using a combination of simple and advanced search facilities and a huge variety of the most vital records and resources for family history.”
Adam Rees, Editor - Your Family Tree Magazine

Family Tree Magazine“Top marks to TheGenealogist for their All-in-One search. For relevant, easy-to-view, detailed search results this is the search site to use. Combine it with the new phonetic search tool to make even better family history discoveries.”
Helen Tovey, Editor - Family Tree Magazine

Your Family History Magazine“The unique Non-Conformist records on TheGenealogist.co.uk are invaluable.” 
Laura Berry, Editor - Your Family History Magazine

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