The Welsh experience of WW1 to be digitised

Sourced from Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum:

A project led by the National Library of Wales has received funds to digitise primary sources relating to World War One.

The project will make available a unique collection revealing the hidden history of World War One as it affected all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture, taking in printed and manuscript sources as well as moving image, audio and photographic material. It starts work this month and is due to go online in June 2013. » Continue reading “The Welsh experience of WW1 to be digitised”

Taking the tree further in Brecon and Norwich

This was going to be a very short item about discovering, or re-discovering, useful sources of family history data. But today I took a look at two such, which threw up some immediately relevant material and highlighted an issue on Welsh records.

Welsh wills and Welsh names

Firstly, I try to adopt the practice of reading just about every scrap in the ‘Who Do You think You Are’ magazine, even if it doesn’t look relevant or promising at the outset. » Continue reading “Taking the tree further in Brecon and Norwich”

Mid Wales and Marches

The Watkins side of the family appears to originate from near Talgarth/Brecon, with Levi Watkins senior being born there 1838. Likely 1841 census entry (spelt Leavy) at Cominbach, Llandefalle (written as parish of Llandefalley South), in Breconshire. Remarkably near the base of my good friends at Bicycle Beano!

The photo below (was the banner photo for the website) was taken at Llandefalle church – plenty of Watkins names on gravestones here.

The 1851 census hasn’t yet been spotted, but he married Phoebe Griffiths in Merthyr Tydfil 13 June 1859 and was then living at New Tredegar. » Continue reading “Mid Wales and Marches”