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Photographs of Wales

For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to add images to the website and wondered if there are photographers / artists / artisans who would be interested in sharing their images of Wales in exchange for a link back to their site and full photo credit?

As Ancestral Wales itself is a not for profit site, I’d like to feature some local artists /photographers in the hope of promoting local work.  I’m not sure if this is a feasible request or not – I will give full credit, but the image must be your own.  I would be willing to have copyright protected images.

Please contact me at  if you are interested in promoting your artistic works through Ancestral Wales.


3 Million Baptism, Marriage And Burial Records From Westminster Published Online has been busy adding many new and fascinating records lately, from Boer War records to our Criminal Ancestors.  (I’ve been dying to find black sheep, but no luck yet!!)  The latest collection records reveal  400 Years Of Westminster’s History.

 Here’s what they have to say about this first phase of the records:

“Leading UK family history website has today published online for the first time parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre.


The Westminster Collection comprises fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of the parish registers dating back over 400-years.


The 3 million records cover the period 1538-1945 and come from over 50 Westminster churches including St Anne, Soho, St Clement Danes, St George Hanover Square, St James Westminster, St Margaret Westminster, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand and St Paul Covent Garden.


Some of the fascinating documents now available online detail the wedding of Theodore Roosevelt, the former US President, in 1886; the marriage of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel; and the marriage of poet Percy Shelley.


Debra Chatfield, a family historian at, said: “The Westminster Collection is one of the largest regional parish record collections we have ever published online and contains some truly wonderful gems.


“Family historians or people looking into their past, wherever they are in the world, can now search this historical goldmine and uncover the fascinating stories of their London ancestors. There is plenty of intrigue in the records to pique the interest of social historians too.”


Adrian Autton, Archives Manager at Westminster Archives commented: “The launch of the Westminster Collection is of huge significance and makes Westminster records fully accessible to a global audience. This resource will be of immense value to anyone whose ancestors lived in Westminster and to anyone wishing to study the rich heritage of this truly great city.”


The new Westminster Collection at joins a growing resource of official parish records from local archives, including Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, Manchester City Council and Plymouth and West Devon Records Office, with many more in the pipeline, due to go live in the coming months. In addition, over 40 million parish records from family history societies can be found at in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies.


The Westminster Collection is available on all of findmypast’s international sites as part of a World Subscription.”


I’m always so very grateful to be able to access collections such as these, that are made available to genealogists.


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