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Link library updates

I added back the Roll of Honour links today to Ancestral Wales. I’m not sure what happened, but for a while I was unable to link to this website.  Roll of Honour aims to cover as many War Memorials in the UK as possible.  Also included on the site are regimental databases, as well as some overseas memorials.

I also updated the links to Archives Wales. This was formerly the Archives Network Wales project, which has evolved into Archives Wales and is maintained by the Archives and Records Council of Wales.  I’ve chosen to link to the historical counties; however searches can be done under modern counties and individual place names.  Archives Wales is a bilingual website, which allows you to search of collections of over 20 Welsh archives.  According to the website notes, there are about 7,000 collections listed.  The website is a searchable index only and very easy to use.  As well as searching by place, the index allows you to search by subject, personal name, corporate name and repository.

A personal find in this index was William Cobb Gilbertson – an ancestor of mine. I was pleasantly surprised to see the brief biographical information.  The National Library of Wales also holds along with these papers, a sword that William used in 1797.  I knew they held the sword and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to see it when I go to Wales next.

Cardiganshire Motor Vehicles

I’ve put this on my ‘wish list’ for my research trip to Wales next year.  I have many photographs of my Aberystwyth families standing beside, sitting astride, or driving various vehicles.


Although I’m guaranteed not to find “this” particular car, it would be really cool to find other family vehicles listed in the records.  It seems that the records contain name of the vehicle owner and address information, along with details of the vehicles registered.  Of course any records under 30 years old are not available to the public.

I know I’ve said this before, but the Ceredigion Archives is a ‘must visit’ for anyone researching Cardiganshire.  The link I’ve provided, takes you to the catalogue of records held at the archives.  From local government records, to private collections, shipping and harbour records, this resource is invaluable.

How I’m going to divide my time between Ceredigion Archives , the National Library of Wales , and visiting cemeteries remains to be seen!!

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