Unexpected revelations from great gran’s will

You never quite know where new data releases will lead you. Ancestry has recently extended the coverage of the National Probate Calendar up to 1966 – seemingly a dry record of the basic details of wills but occasionally giving a lot more than just an idea of how much someone was ‘worth’ when they died.

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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.

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Wedding fashions through family photos

There are of course a number of wedding photographs in the family collection, dating back over a hundred years. I thought it might be interesting to look at the differences, from changing fashions and fortunes. The variation is no doubt as much as about what they could afford as personal taste and the conventions of the times.

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South Wales

Other than Tonypandy/Rhondda Valley.


The other main place for the Welsh side of the family outside the Rhondda – Hughes, Rees, Phillips, Hickman and a Watkins or two.


When I was growing up, I always thought Mum’s family came from Llanelli and Swansea, but perhaps it was just the area she knew best as a child herself. I don’t think that we have any real Swansea connection, and the family was only in Llanelli for perhaps 7 years. However  ‘Uncle Frank’ (Watkins) did live and work there most of his life, as did the Walters. See The electrical connection.

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