Saturday, August 02, 2014

British Institute 2014: my personal approach to Welsh research track

Ol' Myrt here has signed up for the forthcoming British Institute: Welsh Family History Made Simple coordinated by Darris G.Williams, AG. This is my response to his query about my research goals and the locations/time period of my ancestral quest.

Mine are those early Welsh Quakers ("Merioneth Adventurers" from Merionethshire in North Wales) who bought property directly from William Penn in 20,000 acre tracts and arrived in August 1682 to the Pennsylvania colony. My LDS Utah pioneer Mary Anne Hoopes married David Dutton Yearsley. The latter died on the plains just west of Winter Quarters. Old names include Kite, Tunis, Sellers, Paschall, Robert Lloyd, and Worrell to name a few. 

Merion on the Welsh Tract tells their story:

Lower Merion History

I have no experience with record groups in Wales or record keeping practices there. This will be my first exposure to the subject. I live in South Jordan, Utah so access to the Family History Library is a non-issue for me.

Where once I was happy not to have Scandinavian roots for the patronymics, what do I get?
John ap Williams.
 (My DearREADERS may not know that "ap" means "son of.") 

If you'd like to find out more about the British Institute, visit the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History website located here:

Information about the Welsh course of study includes:

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Time Period: 1500 – 1911

Prerequisites:  Submit a pedigree chart and family group sheet showing a family you want to learn more about.  The instructor will contact you before classes begin to request them.

Course Description:
Welsh family history is different from that other localities in some significant ways. Those differences are not impossible roadblocks. Understanding the peculiarities is a good first step to success. Record knowledge is important but not the key. Understanding how to search, evaluate evidence and collate information will resolve many difficult research situations. This course will provide examples of problems as well as strategies and skills for learning more about your ancestors.

Course Topics:
  • Introduction to Welsh Family History
  • Historical Context and Genealogical Roadblocks
  • Research Analysis and Problem Solving
  • Computing Tools: Evernote, Spreadsheets, and Mapping
  • What’s in Your Name: Patronymics for Welsh Family History
  • Online and Manuscript Family Trees for the Welsh Genealogist
  • Newspapers and the Welsh Periodical Press
  • Court Records: Quarter Sessions, Petty Sessions, Great Sessions and More
  • Church of England Records
  • Nonconformist Chapel Records
  • Monumental Inscriptions: Glue for Your Census
  • Getting the Most from Welsh Parish Registers on
  • Archives and Libraries at Home and Abroad
  • Case Studies: Examples for Research Success
  • Probate Records
  • Land and Property Records
I think I've got my work cut out for me, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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