GenTraveling in Wales

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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!

 

 

 

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[photo source] May 2016 FamilyTree Magazine

GenTraveling – Archives in the UK

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Hello GenTravelers!

Wherever your GenTravels might take you – do yourself a favor and plan a visit to the closest archive in the area!

I recently read an article by Chris Paton in the UK’s FamilyTree Magazine (the August 2016 issues) titled “Why visit an archive” which pointed out the obvious – but sometimes we need to be reminded of the obvious! Right?

If you’re traveling to the UK for research, be sure to read the full article.  Here are a few highlights that I appreciated:

“Every record collection that is hosted by an online genealogy site is source from an archive repository somewhere, but the vast holdings….are a mere drop in the ocean compared to what exists in the wider world.”

(That quote really reminded me of our ‘What is Iceberg Genealogy blog post!)

Author, Chris Paton gives especially good details on the three national repositories in the UK and mentions all of them have excellent online catalogs. So, be sure to do your homework!

“BE PREPARED BEFORE YOU VISIT!”

Make sure you know opening hours and what you need to bring with you to gain access to records you want to look at. Chris writes, “there are different bank holidays in operation across Britain and Northern Ireland” and “in Scotland…there are fair days across the country that may see an archive in Glasgow closed on one day but its equivalent still open in Edinburgh!”

“Finally, bear in mind that the most useful asset in any archive is its archivist…To be blunt, archivists are gods for genealogists.”

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