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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.

1911 Welsh Census now available

I’ve already spent a wonderful hour, exploring various Welsh ancestors. My elusive grandfather Lewis is listed with his wife Mary and for the first time I saw my grandmother (age 7) on the census, which was really exciting. The census appears to indicate that they have been married 10 years by this time, which is about the time frame I had been searching in. I still have been unable to find their marriage record though.

Twitter is proving quite fascinating, and I’m discovering some great websites through this social networking tool.

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