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I’m constantly looking for new websites to add to Ancestral Wales and ran across these two gems recently.  Links to both of these websites as well as many other links are on the Anglesey page at

Anglesey History  has good background information, which would be useful for those researching from outside of the area.  Anglesey History features historical information, maps, photographs and a great list of books about Anglesey.

The other website is Amlwch Data at and their search page is at  Amlwch is a small coastal village, which was home to the world’s largest open cast copper mine. There is a searchable database on this site, for census data, church & chapel, commerce & industry, historical and maritime descriptions, as well as general information about Anglesey, the Welsh language and  family history.  Also of interest are photographs and videos of Amlwch Town and Harbour and video tours of Parys Mountain.

Last, but not least, are the following ‘must read’ sources for family history research in Anglesey.

GENUKI: Anglesey

BBC North West Wales – Family History page. 

Do you know any Anglesey gems that are/were helpful in your family research?  Any great community or local history websites that I haven’t discovered yet?


When my Dad died, he left his family history research with me, but I haven’t really done much with it.  I think in part because the thought of researching Jones in Wales has always overwhelmed me and I have two of them (one on each side of the family)!!  With the release of the 1911 Census though, I’ve been updating family information.

Dad’s Mum was born in Llangefni, Anglesey and her birth certificate indicates the date she was born and says born in Poorhouse, Llangefni, which I immediately assumed meant workhouse.  However Mum remembered visiting Gran’s home in Anglesey just after she and Dad got married.

 I found the 1911 census listing this weekend and Gran’s parents are living in Llangefni, with 4 of their 10 children still at home.  It turns out that the home was a 5 room private house called Pwros (poorhouse).  I’ll probably never know why they called the house that, but interesting to imagine what it might have looked like - Mum told me a Welsh dresser was made to fit in the house by cutting a hole in the ceiling, so part of it stuck into the upstairs!

 I plan to spend a little more time researching this family now.  My gr gr Grandfather David Owen is listed as a horse jockey on Gran’s Mother’s marriage certificate and I believe that I found him on the 1911 census – occupation farmer and horse breaker.  I also noticed that someone else was researching the same line and I’m hoping to make contact with the family.

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