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St. David's Diocese Testators Will Index 1564-1750 by Richard James, PO Box 41, Llanelli, Dyfed SA15 2YF, Wales. c. 1993. £10, 6 microfiche. e-mail address: 100527.3220@Compuserve.Com

The full title of this microfiche set is the Will / Abstract Index of Original Wills in the Episcopal Consistory Court of St. David's Diocese, excepting Archdeaconries. This means that all wills from the counties of Cardigan, Pembroke and Carmarthen. It does not include Radnor or Brecknock which are in the Diocese of St. David but form the Archdeaconry of Brecon.

The index is arranged in 5 columns: Surname, First name, Parish or Town, Will No. and Year. Having the place enables you to differentiate between people of the same name. For example there are 155 John David's and 109 William Thomas's in the index, so having a place enables you to narrow down the options to be checked.

For anyone with ancestors in this part of Wales this index is a must.

From the same source: Vol. 2 of the Wills index for St. David's Diocese 1751-1858. Marriage index for Carmarthenshire 1813-1837, 16,000 marriages by bride and groom. Marriage Index for Pembrokeshire 1813-1837, 13,000 marriages by bride and groom. Marriage Index for Cardiganshire 1813-1837, 10,000 marriages by bride and groom. These indexes are each on 4 fiche, and are composite indexes for the whole county. (Other sources provide indexes arranged by Hundred, so for these 3 counties there would be 29 Hundreds). Each of the above indexes is £10. West Wales & Gower Bonds & Fiats 1612-1800 - Index £5.50 and Transcript £6.50. A search service is also provided for these and other indexes. Send an e-mail or write for details but don't forget to enclose 2 International Reply Coupons.

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Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.2, 1996