Friday, 29 October 2010

Welsh records to go online

From FindmyPast (

* 8,000,000 records to be indexed in two years
* Records date back to the 16th century

Family history website is making available online for the very first time fully searchable indexes and images of the parish registers of Wales. The project is taking place with the permission of the Church in Wales and Welsh Archive Services and is working with FamilySearch International, the world's largest repository of genealogical records, to digitise the records.

Around 893,000 images containing 8,000,000 baptisms, marriages and burials from across Wales will be filmed by FamilySearch and transcribed by Some of the records date back to the sixteenth century, making it possible to find Welsh ancestors as far back as the 1500s. The records contain entries in English and Latin.

The records will be made available over the next two years at with an index search available on Free access to the images on will be made available through all Archive Services in Wales*.

Debra Chatfield, Marketing Manager at, said: "It is fantastic that we will be able to make these records available to search online for the very first time. By making these records available family history researchers, old and new, can discover more about their ancestors and where they lived. We are looking forward to working with Welsh Archive Services and FamilySearch on such an important project for Welsh ancestry research."

David Rencher, FamilySearch Chief Genealogical Officer, added "Genealogical research in Wales has been very difficult for years and the opening of this amount of data for baptisms, marriages and burials will be a tremendous resource for those with Welsh ancestry. We commend all of those who have worked so diligently to make this happen and in such a dramatic fashion."

Catherine Richards, the County Archivist at Powys and Chair of the Welsh County Archivists' Group commented: "We are very excited to work with and FamilySearch to make our parish registers available online. Making our records accessible to as wide an audience as possible is one of the main objectives of Archive Services across Wales. Records of baptisms, marriages and burials are a major resource for family historians and can reveal fascinating and surprising secrets back through the generations."

(* If they are not accessed through Welsh Archive Services, i.e at home, a cost will be incurred to access the records.)

With thanks to Debra Chatfield at FindmyPast

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Ron Ferguson said...

Does this mean that the Family Search website will be charging for these records?

Chris Paton said...

No FamilySearch will have a free index that will most likely point people to FindmyPast to view the original images, which will be at a cost.


hummer said...

If they are in a Family History Center, they will have free access to FindmyPast through a portal.