Supported by Cardiganshire, Dyfed, Glamorgan, Gwynedd and Powys Family History Societies; member of the Association of Family History Societies of Wales.
The London Branch of the Welsh Family History Societies was formed to encourage and support those in and around London wishing to research their Welsh roots. We meet four times a year in central London and anyone with an interest in Welsh family history is very welcome to attend.
We have a wide range of interesting speakers, covering topics such as Welsh history and family history sources and techniques. Activities also include walks and an annual visit to the National Library at Aberystwyth.
One of our objectives is to index material located in London which is of special interest to Welsh family historians.
Past projects include An Index of Welsh soldiers in the East India Company Army and An Index of Welsh debtors in the Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors (1804-1862).
We have recently produced 2 CDs for sale. The first, an Index of names included in the Welsh returns which form part of the Voluntary Contributions to the Rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral (c. 1678), is likely to be of special interest to those with roots in parishes in the north-east of Wales, which make up the majority of the surviving Welsh records.
The second CD is an index to baptisms at Jewin Welsh Chapel. This is the first release from our current project, to locate the records of the more than 50 Welsh chapels and churches which once existed in London, and to transcribe those which are likely to be of interest to family historians.
Further details about the branch can be obtained from the Secretary, Anne Jones: