Wales Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542-1911 is a free collection at FamilySearch with browsable images of court records and marriage bonds that contain information needed to find Welsh ancestry for the years prior to 1841 when censuses and civil registration records were started.


FamilySearch explains that land and property records generally are needed to help determine Welsh ancestry pre-1841 and these court and miscellaneous records help bridge the gap between the earlier record types and civil registration records kept in later years.


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What Can I Learn from Welsh Court Records?

“Court records and marriage bonds may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of event
  • Names of spouse or family members
  • Residence
  • Place of event”

What Can I Do with This Information?

  • “Use the place and names to locate census records for the time period. Census records are taken every ten years. The first to list names was in 1841. For additional information on censuses of Wales see the wiki article Wales Census
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname, unless the surname is a common surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records”


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