GenTraveling in Wales


On my GenTravel bucket list is a research trip to Wales – specifically to the Dolgellau area. So I was extremely excited to learn about a crowd-sourcing project that could potentially guide me to the exact geographical location of where the family I’m researching actually lived.  Now that’s GenTraveling at it’s BEST!!!

” The Cynefin Project   aims to repair and digitise around 1,200 tithe maps and transcribe over 30,000 pages of index documents by March 2017. The aim of this project is to create an online resource which can be freely accessed to research the tithe maps and their indexes in an efficient and innovative way.

Tithes were payments charged on land users. Originally, payments were made using commodities like crops, wool, milk and stock. Tithe maps were produced between 1838 and 1850 to ensure that all tithes were paid with money rather than produce.

These are the most detailed maps of their period and they cover more than 95% of Wales. The  index documents for each map list the payable tithes, the names of the landowners and land occupiers, the land use, and in most cases (75%) the field names.”

Here’s some well-done videos to give you more information about the project.  It’s my intent to volunteer a bit of my time to this project – because I fully intend to reap some of the benefits when I get to go GenTraveling  to Wales!





So, are you planning your GenTraveling yet? Where do you plan to go? Be sure to share your GenTraveling Bucket list on our Bucket List Page.  GenTraveling: It’s the Real Deal Thrill!

[photo source] May 2016 FamilyTree Magazine

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