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Beginning Welsh Research by Annie Lloyd. Purchase from author at 4635 Stoner Ave. #4, Culver City CA 90230-5773. Rev. ed. 1996. 188 pp. Illustrations. Plastic comb-binding.

This is an excellent, practical guide to beginning your Welsh Research. The book assumes that you have access and will be using a Family History Center (FHC).

The book begins with the basics of getting organized and describes how to complete the fundamental research forms: pedigree chart, family group sheet, and research log. This is followed by the research tools available through the FHC: IGI, Family Search and the FHL Catalogue. All tools are well illustrated with Welsh examples so you can actually see what the author is describing. You don't have to wait until the next time you are at the FHC.

The rest of the book deals with the records themselves including: Civil Registration Records; Parish Records and Bishop's Transcripts; Census Returns; Wills; Immigration; Welsh language, surnames, place names and farm names. There is an section dealing with Nonconformity which is vital to understand for Welsh research. All documents described and discussed are illustrated. The illustrations are often as you will find them, i.e., of mixed quality. All researchers are encouraged to join the Family History Society in the area of Wales from which their ancestors originated; and addresses are provided.

The spiral comb binding on this publication allows for great flexibility in updating material. The change in 1997 from St. Catharine's to the Family Records Centre in Myddleton Street is noted in the Useful Addresses at the back of the book. The government reorganization in April 1996 is also reflected in the Record Office Section of the book. The US section is not as up to date with the New York Branch of the National Archives shown still in Bayonne, NJ rather than on Varrick Street, New York.

The book would be easier to use with a detailed table of contents or index. There is neither. This book is full of practical suggestions and is highly recommended for beginning Welsh researchers. A lot of the material is also applicable to English researchers.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.4, 1997