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Offline nigelw

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Re: How far back realisitically can I go >>>
« Reply #18 on: Monday 10 August 09 17:51 BST (UK) »
For Wales, the National Library at Aberystwyth is a good source also Glamorgan Records Office in Caridff
My interests are the Watkins family of Llangyfelach Swansea, C19, originally from the Gower.  Also Williams (stone masons) originally from Caio parish in the C19th.  Additionally looking at the Richards/Davies family of Cwmbyr Farm, Talley, Carmarthenshire C19th and early C20th.  any info helpful

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« Reply #19 on: Tuesday 11 August 09 15:37 BST (UK) »
My father's line, which admittedly has one weak link in the chain, (illegitimacy in 1776) has been traced back by another researcher to c1300. The family was not grand, just tenant farmers who rented their land from the same family for over 400 years! The manorial records just happen to have survived. On his maternal side, I have two lines which go back confirmed to 1540 approx, no known weak links. On my mother's side one line goes back into the early 16th century. A researcher, now sadly deceased at Doncaster traced his tree back to a Saxon nobleman known as Thorkell.
Much depends on the survival of records, of course if you find aristocracy in any of your lines then the work may have already been done, but beware, there are many fake trees around from the 19th century!
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