Researching your family history can be an extremely rewarding
pasttime, and should you be lucky enough to have your family roots
in Merthyr Tydfil, you will find a wealth of knowledge and resource
at your fingertips to help progress your search.
Millions of people throughout the world do it,
but creating a family tree is not
The search can be addictive and will take a lot of your spare time
and some money. It will probably send you to other parts of the
country and might make your friends and family ask to talk about
something else! However, finding out about your family - where you
came from - can give you an awful lot of pleasure and knowledge
about your heritage and ancestors.
Don't make assumptions. Having the same
name doesn't make them a relative - you have to prove a link. It is
not and was not unusual for people with the same names and of
similar ages to live nearby.
Don't be surprised if dates and reported
ages don't always match up. Birthdays and precise ages were far
less important a hundred years ago. My grandfather gave a few
different ages for the census question about his age over the years
(not from vanity). It is not unusual for people to spell their own
Expect to have to
travel. Due to our history, very few people can claim to be
descended from the people who inhabited the area before the
Ironworks started in 1759. People came to Dowlais and
Merthyr Tydfil to find work and a new life from all over the
country - and a few other countries - especially Ireland. Most
people living here are not descended from "local"
If you are fortunate, your
ancestors and relatives came from an area with good records.
Sometimes, however, you may hit a dead end - and you will never
find where some people came from.
Good luck, it really can be worth it!
If you really are lucky you will find
that someone else has done a lot of it for you - although that does
not happen often.
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