Ancestral Wales

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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.

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