KEEP­ING UP WITH THE JONE­SES

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“It is of­ten said that Welsh fam­ily his­tory is dif­fi­cult due to the lack of dif­fer­ent sur­names, and that trac­ing an Evans, Jones or Davies is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble. How­ever, that is not the case – you can use a process of elim­i­na­tion us­ing a va­ri­ety of sources and in­for­ma­tion. Look at the names of sib­lings and use less com­mon names to go back a gen­er­a­tion. In Wales, peo­ple were of­ten iden­ti­fied by where they lived or their oc­cu­pa­tion – Wil­liams y Post (the post­man); Jenk­ins y Gôf (black­smith) – and this scrap of in­for­ma­tion may help in the elim­i­na­tion process.”

Re­search ser­vices and en­gage­ment man­ager, Na­tional Li­brary of Wales BERYL EVANS

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