This session will look at research strategies for finding an immigrant ancestor's place of origin, including a historical overview of life in Wales, maps, counties, 1720 and 1833 gazetteer descriptions, the Welsh language, traditional dress, Welsh dragon and patron saint. We will look at the industrialisation of the rural countryside, coal mining and Merthyr Tydfil specifically. Emigration posters of 1841 to 1848 reveal the call to Utah to embrace the Mormon religion, and to Ohio to help build railroads. The crucial role of DNA testing with specified regions and surname distribution will be revealed, as will language, translation tools and scripts. Censuses in Welsh will be analysed and compared to English language censuses. The feeling of connectedness, diaspora, homelands will be explored. Some traditional foods and helpful forums on Facebook groups will be given. So, why did Williams and Walters leave Wales?
Dr. Penny Walters has been a University lecturer for 30 years in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny's interest in genealogy started after having her first child and then wondering about her biological parents, as she was adopted. DNA testing initially revealed 71% Irish heritage, which has been refined now to 94%. Having researched her 2 family trees for 30 years, Penny lectures internationally and writes articles about a variety of genealogy topics). Penny has authored the books: 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy,' and ‘The Psychology of Searching.’ www.searchmypast.co.uk