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Link Library “Communities” section

I’m in the process of adding a “communities” section to the individual counties pages.  I’d like to highlight small community websites that have historical/genealogical significance.  Please contact me if you’d like to recommend websites to be added.  Here’s an example of the type of website I had in mind. (Tal-y-bont, Ceredigion Community Website)

Between courses, work and website updates, I’ve been remiss in producing blog posts, but hopefully that will resolve itself quickly!

Ancestral Wales Website

Let me start by saying that there are many fantastic sources for Welsh genealogical links out there including, but not limited to, the fabulous GENUKI (my ‘bible’ for all things related to Welsh Genealogy) and Cyndi’s list.

I started this little project for my own amusement, when I just got completely bogged down with my web browser’s bookmarks. I’ve wanted to build my own website for a long time and this seemed to just be the right venue and time to do it. There is a ton of work still left to do and it will keep me going for a long, long time. You’ll find that there are many gaps, but now that the site is up, I can concentrate on checking out links and adding them.

As I check out links and add them, I find I’m learning more and more about parts of Wales that I am less familiar with, along with the genealogical resources available for those areas. I’ve been able to put many of these resources to good use and share with others, however it does slow down the process as I check each source out. When I recently found a resource for Cardiganshire photographs I completely lost track of time and spent the whole night looking at photos instead of what I should have been doing! Great fun though and I sure hope that this might be just one more useful resource for genealogists researching in Wales.

You can find Ancestral Wales at ancestralwales.com

I read today that findmypast.com has added Merchant Seamen’s Crew Lists for 1860-1913. Sure enough I quickly looked for my Claytons and was thrilled to find John, Thomas and William listed there. I’ll be looking at it again in the next couple of days to see the details. Read the article here at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/05/findmypastcom-adds-merchant-seamen-crew-lists-index.html .

Happy Hunting!

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